General Operating Support

General Operating Support Grants are funds that are unrestricted for use by high-performing nonprofit organizations. The funds may be used by nonprofits in our region for all mission-related activities, including contributions to capital campaigns and endowments.

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

  • For 2017 grantmaking, applicants must have received a General Operating Support grant from The Philadelphia Foundation through its discretionary process any time during 2016.
  • 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.
  • Organizations may apply for only one of the following grant types per year: Fund for Children, Organizational Effectiveness, and General Operating Support.
  • Organizations currently receiving Organizational Effectiveness, General Operating Support, Supporting Grants or Strategic Investment in Youth Grants may apply for YOUTHadelphia grants.

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

Up to $30,000 but not more than 7% of the organization’s budget.

Types of Projects Funded

General Operating Support

Application deadline

Apply no sooner than Feb. 13, 2017 and no later than April 14, 2017.

General Operating Support Grants Process


Step 1. Determine Eligibility


Step 2. Apply

The 2017 application deadline has passed.

Follow Up

Step 3. Follow Up

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


Step 4. Report

General Operating Support Report Form [DOC]

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

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