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Hamilton Family Foundation (HFF) Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania and New Jersey Nonprofits for K-12
Literacy Programming in Philadelphia, Camden, and Chester

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Hamilton Family Foundation (HFF)

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Grants to Pennsylvania and New Jersey nonprofits to promote literacy for underserved K-12 youth in Philadelphia, Chester, and Camden. Funding may be requested for programs that provide at-risk students with enhanced literacy skills required for future academic achievement and career success, improved college access and completion opportunities, and effective career and technical training.

The Hamilton Family Foundation envisions a positive and effective educational experience for all Philadelphia area children and youth, resulting in increased high school graduation rates, college admission and completion, and personal and career satisfaction. The Foundation considers requests from nonprofits who provide robust, data-driven in-school, after-school, and summer literacy enrichment programming.

Children and youth served by programming must be in grades Kindergarten through 12. Pre-kindergarten and college programs are not funded. Recipients of direct services are generally economically underserved; groups or classes served should have over 70% of participants eligible for free or reduced rate lunch in schools.

Primary program focus should be on the development of robust reading and writing skills. HFF seeks to fund primarily data-driven literacy-based programs with a strong history of success. Program activities can be administered across school systems but must be nonsectarian if a religious institution provides services. Preference is given to projects which devote at least 70% of program time to direct reading and writing instruction and activities, especially in earlier grades. In high school grades, the Foundation focuses on organizations that take innovative approaches to preparing underserved students for success in college acceptance and completion processes.

First-time grants are generally in the range of $3,000 - $10,000 and are usually designated for program support. HFF grants to continuing partners are generally made for programmatic or operational support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180394

Estimated Size of Grant:

First time grants are generally in the range of $3,000 - $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants are rare and requests for multi-year grants must be approved in advance by the HFF Executive Director.

Organizations that have received continuous funding for three years or more may be asked to refrain from applying for support for a year or more in order that the Foundation might assist other worthy groups.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must produce documentation of 501(c)(3) status. If the organization is part of a larger group, such as a religious affiliate, the ruling organization’s 501(c)(3) letter will suffice. Applicants with budgets over $100,000 must provide CPA-prepared or audited financial statements.

The Foundation will fund nonprofit educational programming to students in the cities of Philadelphia, Chester, and Camden. The applying nonprofit organization need not be physically headquartered within city limits to qualify for funding. Organizations providing programs outside of these cities may apply for a grant if invited by a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors or by the Executive Director.

The Hamilton Family Foundation does NOT fund the following:
-Capital Projects and Equipment Purchase
-Endowment Requests
-Human Service Projects
-Other Foundations
-Museum Entry Fees
-School Assembly Programs
-Religious Education Programs
-Projects with Unpaid Teaching Artists
-Pre-school or College Programs
-Political Candidates, Parties, or PACs
-Organizations Outside of the cities of Philadelphia, Chester, or Camden unless invited by Board Member or Executive Director
-Organizations that have applied to the Foundations within the past 12 months.
-Debt reduction

Pre-Application Information:

No LOI (Letter of Intent) is necessary; applicants are encouraged to call the Foundation office if there are questions about funding priorities or procedures before applying.

The Hamilton Family Foundation Board meets quarterly to consider grant requests. Application deadlines are at midnight of the following dates:

-November 1: Spring Meeting (generally between late Feb-mid March)
-February 1: Summer Meeting (generally between mid-May to early June)
-May 1: Fall Meeting (generally in mid-late September)
-August 1: Winter Meeting (generally in mid-December)

Applicants are contacted within a week after the meeting date; grant documents and checks are sent within three weeks of the meeting date.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Nancy Brent Wingo, Executive Director

Amy E. Benjamin, Grants Manager

Hamilton Family Foundation
200 Eagle Road, Suite 308
Wayne, PA 19087

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Camden;   Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Chester