Foundation / Corporation
William Penn Foundation
07/26/19 - For requests over $82,500; requests under $82,500 are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Grants to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania organizations for literacy and school readiness programs for children ages 0-8. An Inquiry form must be submitted prior to the 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.
Research shows that children’s earliest years—from birth to age eight—are critical for developing the social, emotional, and academic skills that lay the groundwork for later success in school and in life. To that end, the William Penn Foundation supports efforts to increase the percentage of children from low-income communities who enter school ready to learn and thrive, and who are proficient readers by the time they enter fourth grade. The Foundation's Strong Start, Strong Readers program seeks to increase and improve school readiness and literacy proficiency using the following 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.
(For detailed selection criteria and expected project outcomes for each of these focus areas, see URL for Full Text below.)
GrantWatch ID#: 181239
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.)
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Elliot Weinbaum, Great Learning Program Director
William Penn Foundation
Two Logan Square, 11th Floor
100 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2757
USA: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia