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Great Learning - High School Completion

Grants to Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Organizations for
Programs to Increase High School Graduation Rates

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Foundation / Corporation

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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 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, 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.

What the Foundation funds:

  • Efforts to facilitate successful transitions to high school
  • Specialized pathways and systems to increase rates of high school completion

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184684

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:

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Submit inquiry online:

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: Greater Philadelphia

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