Foundation / Corporation
Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation
Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits, as well as schools, libraries, townships, and other governmental entities to promote health and wellness in the Pottstown area. Primary focus areas include health access, promoting healthy behaviors, and building capacity. Secondary areas of funding include capital funding, emotional health funding, event-related requests for support, and worksite wellness.
The Foundation appreciates ideas that are well planned and with a timeline that aligns with the Foundation's grant cycle. The Foundation is also very interested in evidence-based best practices and measurable outcomes that demonstrate that the project or program is working, or will work. The Foundation is encouraged by ideas with partnerships.
The Foundation awards grants according to the following priority areas:
1. Funding Programs and solutions for long-term improvement in healthy behaviors.
- Promoting healthy living through nutrition, activities and programs in public and private schools to reduce obesity and encourage healthy living.
- Improving parks, programming, and the built environment to increase access and physical activity.
- Creating and promoting social networks involving healthy living.
2.Funding programs for physical health and emotional well-being.
3. Funding learning opportunities and strategic planning to strengthen nonprofits.
The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation is pleased to offer grants focused in three primary areas:
- Healthy Behaviors
- Health Access
- Capacity Building
In addition to the above primary areas of funding, the Foundation provides grants in the following secondary areas:
Emotional Health Funding:
- Emotional Health proposals need to be from a preventive standpoint.
- The Foundation does not grant funding for treating mental illness or disorders, but the Foundation does grant if a proposal promotes emotional well-being from a preventive perspective. The following topic areas may be considered: resilience, trauma, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), emotional health, relationship between primary and behavioral care.
- The Foundation encourages applicants to consider emotional well-being as an important component of overall good health.
- A capital grant is a grant to provide funding for buildings, construction, or equipment, rather than program expense. These grants require matching dollars to be demonstrated prior to the release of award money. Capital projects must align with the Foundation’s mission and seek to follow local, regional, and state guidelines for best practices in infrastructure, such as ADA compliance.
Event-Related Requests for Support: The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation is happy to acknowledge community efforts to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in event-related capacities.
- Event Support Less than $2,500: This may include a monetary event sponsorship or donation of a promotional item, such as bottled water.
- Event Support of $2,500 or Above:
Goals for Large Event Requests:
- To promote the Foundation’s service area as a “destination” for all-purpose parks and recreational activity, including:
- In-park activity on a sustained basis
- Periodic in-park activity over a sustained time
- Sustainable park and recreational activity resulting from regular or periodic short-term activities/events. To support events that align with the Foundation’s mission and which incorporate local parks, trails, river, and/or other local natural resources.
Guidelines for Large Event Support Grant Requests ($2,500-$10,000):
- A minimum of two years demonstrated success with the event.
- Commitment to provide lasting community benefit, such as a pre- or post-event health-related activity associated with the event lasting at least several weeks in duration.
- The special event to take place within the 10-mile service area with a special priority given to activities that take place in local parks, trails, river, and/or other local natural resource areas.
- Grantees will be encouraged to engage in a Strategic Planning process in order to better plan the future roadmap of their event.
- Grantee must submit all required documentation with application to demonstrate nonprofit status, project budget, organizational fiscal responsibility, and board of director involvement.
- Grantees are encouraged to apply for requests during the specified grant cycles each year.
- The Grants Committee and Foundation staff will process all event requests as they do other grant requests.
- The TriCounty Worksite Wellness Initiative is a collaborative that works with area businesses who desire to improve the health and wellness of their employees and embed wellness into their cultures.
GrantWatch ID#: 178588
Capital Funding: No individual project budget may exceed $100,000.
Worksite Wellness Mini Grant: The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation is offering one-time reimbursement grants of up to $5000 maximum for participating organizations.
Multi-year grants are available.
The Foundation serves nonprofit organizations with a tax-exempt status in good standing with the IRS, which strive to promote priorities that are in line with the Foundation's mission.
The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation service area is defined by a 10-mile radius around Pottstown. However, the funded organization does not need to be located in the area—it only needs to serve he residents of Pottstown Borough and those within a 10-mile radius of downtown Pottstown in these service area zip codes: 18074, 19435, 19442, 19457, 19464, 19465, 19468, 19470, 19472, 19473, 19475, 19492, 19504, 19505, 19512, 19518, 19525, 19545 and 19548.
Applicants must provide proof of nonprofit or governmental status. For nonprofits, this is an IRS verification of 501(c)(3) status. For schools, libraries, townships, and other governmental entities, this is a copy of documentation that shows governmental status.
Please note: The Foundation generally does not provide grants for individuals, for-profit organizations, disease-related charities, endowment contributions, debt-reduction or loans, alumni activities, individual medical bills, arts, and/or economic development.
No part of these grant funds may be used to attempt to influence legislation or to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office.
Worksite Wellness Mini-Grant:
Participating organizations must be members of the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, be located within a 10-mile radius of Pottstown Borough, and have been accepted as partners in the TriCounty Worksite Wellness Initiative by the collaborative group.
The following categories of funding are not core to the Foundation's mission at this time:
- Alumni Activities
- Arts & Culture
- Debt Reduction or Loans
- Disease-Related Charities
- Endowment Contributions
- Individual Medical Bills
- Political Campaigning and/or Legislation Promotion
- Public Safety & Criminal Justice
New applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the Foundation staff prior to submitting a request.
Organizations seeking support for a capital campaign, an organized drive to raise substantial funds to finance major needs of an organization, including construction, renovations, or endowments, should contact the Foundation prior to applying for a grant. In the midst of the competitive grant cycle, a capital campaign request must align with the Foundation’s interests and will be assessed as a capacity building grant.
The Foundation has two grant cycles each year: spring and fall. It is a two-stage process with a letter of intent stage and a full application stage. Letters of intent are due on the 1st of February and August.
Fall 2018 Grant Round:
- Letter of Intent Opens: July 1, 2018
- Letter of Intent Due Date: August 1, 2018
If the applicant's letter of intent is moved forward, the applicant will have about three weeks to submit a full application. All proposals are reviewed by the Foundation staff and Grants Committee, and then approved by the Board of Directors. The Foundation does not publish a call for proposals.
The staff and Grants Committee review all proposals and send “Move Ahead” notifications via email inviting grantees to submit a full proposal or a “Declination” notice. Please note that an invitation to submit an application does not signify nor guarantee an award. It informs potential grantees that the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation is interested in the concept; however, more information is necessary for further consideration.
Applicants can anticipate a response to this stage via email within 6-8 weeks. Grants will be awarded the first week of June and December.
- These grants require matching dollars to be demonstrated prior to the release of award money.
- If an organization is considering a request that combines capital and programming expenses, the Foundation encourages applicants to make these requests separately. Please follow the application guidelines for the program area that most closely aligns with the goals of the project.
Event- Related Requests for Support:
- Applicants who are considering submitting a request for event support that is less than $2,500, should please contact Rose Walters.
Event-Related Requests for Support:
- Questions regarding large event, grant-related requests can be directed to Ashley Pultorak
The Foundation's Mission:
Areas of Funding.
Healthy Behaviors Grant:
Health Access Grants:
Capacity Building Grants:
Emotional Health Funding:
Event-Related Requests for Support:
Worksite Wellness Mini-Grant:
Grant Terms and Conditions:
Before You Apply:
Learn How to Apply for a Grant:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Rose Walters, Office Manager & Communications Associate
Rachael Giambrone, Grants Assistant
610-323-2006 ext. 33
The area served by the Foundation includes seven sub-areas contiguous with seven public school districts within the above listed zip codes. These seven sub-areas are located in Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties. They are the Pottsgrove, Daniel Boone, Owen J. Roberts, Spring-Ford, Perkiomen Valley and Boyertown areas, and Pottstown Borough.
USA: Pennsylvania: Pottstown Borough and those within a 10-mile radius of downtown Pottstown in these service area zip codes: 18074, 19435, 19442, 19457, 19464, 19465, 19468, 19470, 19472, 19473, 19475, 19492, 19504, 19505, 19512, 19518, 19525, 19545, and 19548.