Direct Service Grants

Unrestricted Grants are made to direct-service organizations that are well-run, well-led and that serve the high poverty and vulnerable populations in our region, primarily in the five counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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
  • Those with operating budgets under $5 million

Common Requirements For All Grant Applicants

Special Requirements

  • Applicants must have received an Unrestricted (General Operating Support grant) through the discretionary grant program from The Philadelphia Foundation since 2007.
  • No deficit of more than 10% for prior three years
  • No more than two years of deficits for prior three years
  • Operating Budget above $100,000
  • 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

General Operating Support

Application deadline

The 2018 deadline has passed.

Direct Service Grants Process

Eligibility

Step 1. Determine Eligibility

  • Completing the five-minute Eligibility Quiz also is essential.
  • Applicants must have received an Unrestricted (General Operating Support grant) through the discretionary grant program from The Philadelphia Foundation since 2007.
Apply

Step 2. Apply

The 2018 deadline has passed.

Follow Up

Step 3. Follow Up

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

Report

Step 4. Report

The Direct Service Grant Report Form will be provided once the grant period is completed.


For questions about grants, call (215)563-6417 or email us.

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