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 Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania organizations for programs that encourage area students to complete their high school education. An Inquiry form must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects that improve high school readiness for middle school students, secure a solid start to high school, guide students with college and career planning, and ensure graduation from high school.
High school completion is a crucial milestone that predicts later success in life, with high school graduates being more likely to be employed, healthy, and contributing members of their communities and societies. The good news is national and local high school graduation rates have been rising, and the Foundation supports work that helps ensure this positive momentum continues. Programs and systems that help students transition into high school, get support as they progress, and prepare for their post-secondary paths help boost the number of high school graduates. To this end, the William Penn Foundation's Great Learning High School Completion program supports projects that help students transition into high school, and assists in the implementation of evidence-based specialized pathways to enable more high school students to graduate ready for post-secondary education and/or employment. This is accomplished in the following ways:
- Efforts to facilitate successful transitions to high school: (1) Improvement of systems to support middle school students’ levels of high school readiness, and (2) Programming to support a strong start in high school.
- Specialized pathways and systems to increase rates of high school completion: (1) Effective dropout prevention practices in high schools, (2) High-quality reengagement programs, with a specific focus on career preparation/readiness, for students who have dropped out, and (3) Coordinated efforts and infrastructure to provide high school students with college/career planning.
Projects should demonstrate one or more of the following outcomes:
- Increased graduation rates.
- Improved readiness for high school.
- Increased clarity about and preparedness for post-secondary activity.
- A strong evidence base to support the proposed approach.
- Organizational track record of improving outcomes for students.
- Collaborative approach to working with school and district staff.
- Ability to sustain project’s impacts after the conclusion of the grant period.
GrantWatch ID#: 184684
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: Greater Philadelphia