Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States with well over 1.5 million residents. Those that call Philadelphia home have a number of sources for local grant funding that support area causes and communities. These Philadelphia grants are only available in the City of Brotherly Love. Funding comes from the city itself and several private foundations and funds. If you live in Philly, check out these local grants.
City of Philadelphia
Through this city web portal, the City of Philadelphia manages all municipal grant funding available locally. This includes the federally funded Community Development Block Grant, Community Service Block Grant and other programs. Here you can find out more information about various recovery efforts available to individuals and organizations across the city of Philadelphia, including weatherization efforts to help bring housing up to code to save money on energy. To contact the city about recovery grants or to offer feedback, fill out this online contact form.
Impact Philadelphia 100
This foundation is composed of a group of women who donate $1,000 annually toward local community impact grants. The Philadelphia chapter was founded in 2009 and donates close to $300,000 a year to local non-profits working with underserved populations in the Philly area. Organizations can either receive a $100,000 project grant or an operating grant of $25,000. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry which is submitted online. The annual deadline for this is November 1 with organizations invited to offer full proposals announced by January 31. Finalists will be announced in May with awards presented at the annual meeting in June. For more information about these local impact grants, visit the Philadelphia chapter of Impact 100 website.
Philadelphia Cultural Fund
This fund just celebrated 20 years as a force in grantmaking around the Philadelphia arts scene. It offers one-year and multi-year grants across five categories of organizations based on yearly budgets. Your organization must both hold 501c3 status and have arts and culture as its primary focus. 60% of your programming must be presented inside the City of Philadelphia. For a full rundown of grants offered by the fund, check out the Philadelphia Cultural Fund website. Or contact Fund Manager June O’Neill by calling 267-242-8150 or writing to email@example.com.
This foundation was created in 1918 by William Purves Gest as one of the city’s first community foundations. It continues to this day, supporting non-profit organizations across the city. Priority is given to both organizations with annual budgets smaller than $5 million and those that focus at least 33% of their efforts to low-income communities inside Philadelphia. The foundation accepts proposals annually from the beginning of the year through an October deadline. Grants are awarded for general operating support and organizational effectiveness for up to $40,000 each. The foundation offers a monthly open house for non-profit groups located in the city to attend to explore more about grantmaking priorities and process.
Philadelphia Grant Center
The Philadelphia Grant Center was created in 2009 and is a great source for locals looking for grants. It not only offers grant support services but also offers small mini-grants itself. It is the mission of the PGC to promote community and economic development within Philadelphia. PGC grants are offered across 5 different categories and range in size from $50 to $1,000. These grants are available for individuals and are offered to pay for education, to pay your utility bills, to fund an arts project, to start your own business or to write a business plan. Application is handled on the PGC website during three annual grant cycles. These occur in March, August and October. For more information about how the PGC can help you, give them a call toll-free 1-800-866-0794 or send them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samuel S. Fels Fund
The SSF Fund was founded in 1935 by Philly philanthropist Samuel S. Fels. The foundation that continues to bear his name offers grants for community improvement, education and the arts. 100% of the grants this fund offers are available for non-profit organizations located and working in the City of Philadelphia. Fels grants traditionally range in size from $3,000 to $30,000 and are offered to fund critical junctures for non-profit development. This can fund expansions and new types of programs, retraining of staff, opening a new office and more. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year round. Have questions about how the Fels Fund can help your local non-profit? Call Helen Cunningham at 215-731-9455.
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