Bringing nonprofits and the public together to accelerate community impact

Nothing is more important than building stronger communities. That’s why in 2019 the Philadelphia Foundation is launching a $1 million first-of-its-kind public grantmaking initiative in Philadelphia, entitled the Key to Community Grants. Its goal is to accelerate impact and strengthen connections among people and important community causes during and beyond the Foundation’s centennial year.


Launching in Spring 2019, the program will invite regional nonprofits to submit their most innovative, daring and life-changing ideas. After initial vetting by an expert committee, voting will open to the public, with the Philadelphia Foundation inviting Philadelphians in the seven-county area to award first, second and third place to area nonprofits across three categories. In total, the $1 million in funding for big ideas will flourish into action-oriented programs that enhance the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

There are three thematic categories of the Key to Community Grants

Public Voting

Following the grantmaking committee’s vetting of submissions, everyone in the Greater Philadelphia Region will be invited to vote for the top nine finalists.


The general public will have the final say in awarding first, second and third prize to the finalists across three categories. Three first place winners will receive $200,000 each; three second place winners will be awarded $100,000 each and three third-place winners will receive $33,000 each.


Representatives from all nine finalists will also be invited to participate in the Philadelphia Foundation’s Leadership Institute in the fall of 2019.


Stay tuned for additional details.

Application Information for Nonprofits

The Philadelphia Foundation will release an RFP
and will hold information sessions about this opportunity.

Additional details to follow.