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Great Learning - Strong Start, Strong Readers

Grants to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Organizations for
Literacy and School Readiness Programs for K-3 Children

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William Penn Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/31/20 - For requests over $82,500; requests under $82,500 are reviewed on an ongoing basis.


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Grants to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania organizations for literacy and school readiness programs for children ages 0-8. Applicants must submit an inquiry form prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support early childhood education programming, K-3 literacy instruction, community advocacy, and family engagement on behalf of children from underserved populations.

The Foundation's Strong Start, Strong Readers program supports efforts to increase and improve school readiness and literacy using six strategies.:

  • Engaged Families: Build opportunities for parents and caregivers to learn about the development of children age 0-8 and enact their role as first teachers.
  • Literacy-Rich Environments: Create opportunities for children age 0-8 to engage in literacy-building activities outside of schools and centers.
  • Quality Early Childhood Education Centers: Improve the quality of existing early learning programs, expand quality programs, and build systems that support quality.
  • Strong K-3 Literacy Instruction: Support aligned and effective literacy practices in K-3 classrooms so that all students are on track to meet or exceed grade level proficiency by the end of third grade.
  • Qualified Educators: Establish model programs that prepare early childhood through third grade educators to deliver high-quality instruction.
  • Advocacy and Public Information: Build an engaged statewide constituency to advocate for the development and maintenance of policies that appropriately resource schools, centers, and programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181239

Estimated Size of Grant:

It is Foundation policy not to fund more than 25% of an organization’s operating budget for more than three individual years in any given five-year period. The Foundation may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis under limited circumstances, subject to approval by the board of directors.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The William Penn Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Not funded:
- Work with primary impact outside of the city of Philadelphia, unless funding also advances another area of programmatic focus for the Foundation.
- Work that is not grounded in relevant data and supported by a strong research base.
- Political lobbying or legislative activities.
- Student aid or individual scholarships.
- Health research or health education programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Current Deadline Dates:

- Inquiries Due: November 29, 2019
Proposals Due: January 17, 2020
Scheduled Board Review: April 24, 2020

- Inquiries Due: February 28, 2020
Proposals Due: April 17, 2020
Scheduled Board Review: July 24, 2020

- Inquiries Due: June 19, 2020
Proposals Due: July 31, 2020
Scheduled Board Review: November 6, 2020

Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to submit materials by these deadlines. Program staff can provide more information on timing and materials for consideration at a particular board meeting.

Grants at or below $82,500 are not required to be considered at a board meeting, and thus do not follow the deadline schedules above. However all grants are reviewed and approved by Foundation board members. Program staff can provide more information about the timing and process for these types of requests.

The Foundation has a two-stage application process.

The Inquiry provides program staff with an overview of a concept/idea and how it aligns with grant center strategies. It determines if a full application will be justified. Submission of an inquiry does not guarantee that Foundation staff will invite a full application.

Full applications are by invitation only and must be submitted through the WPF Grantee Portal.

For additional information on program funding areas:

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Contact Information:

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

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Questions about our grant review or submission processes may be directed to at any time.

William Penn Foundation
Two Logan Square, 11th Floor
100 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2757

(215) 988-1830

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

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