Advocacy Unrestricted Grants

Advocacy Unrestricted Grants are made to advocacy organizations advancing critical issues.  Emphasis is on human services, education funding, legal services and immigrant/refugee services.

For nonprofits serving this population

Greater Philadelphia

Priority given to

  • Those able to demonstrate that at least 50% of those they serve or represent are low-income

Common Requirements For All Grant Applicants

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.

Amount of Grants

Not more than 7% of the organization's budget

Types of Projects Funded

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.

Application deadline

July 13, 2018.

Advocacy Unrestricted Grants Process


Step 1. Determine Eligibility

Completing the five-minute Eligibility Quiz is essential.


Step 2. Apply

Download application.
The 2018 deadline is July 13.

Follow Up

Step 3. Follow Up

A Program Officer will contact you. No additional written materials are required unless requested.


Step 4. Report

The Advocacy Unrestricted Grant Report Form will be provided once the grant period is completed.

Contact Us

1835 Market Street, Suite 2410 | Philadelphia, PA 19103-2968 | Directions

Phone: 215-563-6417 | Email Us

E-News Signup


1835 Market Street, Suite 2410
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Accredited CF