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Advocacy Unrestricted Grants

Grants to Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nonprofits to Support Advocacy Work

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Philadelphia Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/26/19 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania nonprofit advocacy organizations that are working to advance critical issues on behalf of vulnerable and high-poverty groups and individuals. Emphasis is placed on organizations working in the areas of education funding, human services, immigrant and refugee services, and legal services. Priority will be given to those able to demonstrate that at least 50% of those they serve or represent are low-income. Funds may be used for all advocacy campaign and program related activities that address critical community issues.

Organizations seeking advocacy unrestricted grants should demonstrate a strong history of advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations. Grants to organizations that are national or state-wide will be pro-rated based upon their work in Greater Philadelphia.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183869

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be no more than 7% of the organization's budget.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Common Requirements For All Grant Applicants:
- 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter
- List of Board of Directors and their affiliations
- Three years of financial data (e.g. audits, IRS Forms 990, etc.)
- One Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff Person
- Current PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations Certificate
- Copy of current strategic plan
- Board-approved Nondiscrimination Policy that is in compliance with TPF non-discrimination policy
- Organizational Budget
- Not an ineligible organization

Special Requirements:
- Operating Budget above $100,000
- No deficit of more than 10% for prior three years
- No more than two years of deficits for prior three years
- Must complete child abuse clearance and criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers who work with youth.

Strongly Preferred:
- Written, board-approved policies regarding whistle-blowing, conflict of interest, and document retention and destruction.
- Interim or permanent executive leadership in place for at least three months.
- Limited familial relationships among board and staff members.

Ineligible Organizations:
An organization is ineligible to receive funding through The Philadelphia Foundation’s discretionary grant program if it is one of the following:
- School (K-12)
- College or university
- A center or a program housed in a university that raises less than 75% of its funding
- A local chapter of a national organization or program that raises less than 75% of its own funding
- Cemetery
- Government agency
- General childcare agency
- Library
- Organization that re-grant the funding they receive (umbrella funding organization).

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019 application deadline is July 26.

Prior to applying, complete the eligibility quiz:

After applying, a program staff member will reach out to you to discuss next steps.

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Ineligible Organizations:

Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

Phil Fitzgerald, Director of Grantmaking

The Philadelphia Foundation
1835 Market Street, Suite 2410
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2968


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Greater Philadelphia