Special Initiative Grants

Special Initiative Grants are short-term targeted opportunities made possible through the generosity of our fund-holders or through our partnerships with other organizations.

These grants may be limited to organizations serving a particular purpose, a defined demographic group or a limited geographic area. They may also support pilot programs and so have criteria that may change from year to year.

Current Opportunities

Shown below are links to any applications that are currently being accepted.

If no links are present, there are no current Special Initiatives Grants opportunities.

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Nonprofits are urged to carefully read the criteria before applying and to address any questions to the specific email address listed on the application.

Edna W. Andrade Grants 

The Edna W. Andrade Fund supports grants for local or national museums or nonprofit art organizations with exhibitions or programs that benefit visual fine artists of Greater Philadelphia.

A total of $80,000 will be awarded in 2019, in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. Applications are due at 3 p.m. March 21, 2019.

The fund was established through the estate of Edna Andrade, a leading Philadelphia teacher and artist who was associated with the Op Art movement of the 1960s.

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East Mount Airy Neighbors Grants

The East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN) Community Fund strategically focuses its grants to actively improve the health, welfare and quality of life of the Philadelphia Northwest communities. The Fund supports work in the areas of aging, community building, children and youth, and mental health and intellectual disabilities. Funding will support nonprofits pursuing an innovative community idea or important solution that addresses the needs of East Mt. Airy.

Applicants can submit up to three ideas, representing their own ideas, and/or involving other community initiatives for which they will act as the fiscal agent. The EMAN Community Fund strongly encourages collaboration between established and grassroots community groups.

The EMAN Community Fund’s grant priority is for the area represented by EMAN (bounded by Stenton Avenue, Washington Lane, Germantown Avenue and Cresheim Valley Drive)

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Forman Family Fund Grants

The Nessa Forman, David Forman, Eleanor and Solomon Forman Family Fund -- a Designated Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation -- supports Southeastern Pennsylvania nonprofits serving young people aged 11 to 18 offering in-school or out-of-school-time programs that address one of the following areas:

  • Photography
  • Architectural Drawing and Architecture
  • Written Arts

Up to 10 grants of no more than $40,000 each will be awarded annually. The two-step application process begins with submission of a Letter of Interest by Fri., Oct. 12, 2018. View or print the request for Letters of Interest.

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

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