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Racial Equity Grant Fund

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
for Programs that Promote Social and Racial Equity

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William Penn Foundation

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs that promote racial and social equity. Funding is intended to support educational programming offered by small community organizations that are led by and that serve people of color. The goal of the grant program is to help grow or sustain the impact of organizations that primarily serve Philadelphia residents.

Purpose of this Fund:

  • Support organizations led by and primarily serving people of color.
  • Support the growth and/or sustainability of small organizations.
  • Support organizations working with Philadelphia children and families in at least one of the following areas:
    • Kindergarten readiness
    • Third-grade reading proficiency
    • High school graduation
  • Share grantmaking power with community members. 
  • Build new relationships with organizations whose work aligns with the priorities of the Great Learning program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196320

Number of Grants:

Approximately 10-15 organizations will receive funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $40,000

Term of Contract:

Two years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizational Criteria for Funding:
- Led by and primarily serving people of color.
- Experience improving kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading proficiency, and/or high school graduation.
- Primarily serve Philadelphia residents.
- Have been in existence for at least two years.
- Annual budgets under $400,000.
- Legal status as a 501c(3) public charity or fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a 501c(3) public charity.

The following organizations are not eligible for this opportunity:
- Individual early learning centers, public schools, charter schools, colleges and universities, city government agencies, and/or home visiting programs.
- Organizations that have received William Penn Foundation funding within the past 12 months.

The following types of grant requests are not eligible:
- Work with primary impact outside of the city of Philadelphia.
- Political lobbying or legislative activities.
- Student aid or individual scholarships.
- Health research or health education programs.
- Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions.
- Large capital projects.
- Debt retirement or budget deficits.
- Annual campaigns, fundraising campaigns, or events.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An optional webinar will be offered on Wednesday, June 9 at 12 p.m. to help applicants learn more about the process.

Register for the webinar here:

The recording will be made available to view following the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted beginning May 24, and the deadline to apply is June 25, 2021.

If you cannot attend the webinar and would like to talk with a member of the team, they are happy to talk by phone or Zoom. See contact details below.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online :

Email to request a meeting with a member of the Great Learning team to ask questions or learn more about eligibility for the fund.

William Penn Foundation
Two Logan Square, 11th Floor
100 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2757
(215) 988-1830

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