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At the Philadelphia Foundation, we offer several grant funding streams so that nonprofits can identify and apply for a source of funding that makes the most sense for their organization.


The first step for any nonprofit interested in a grant from the Philadelphia Foundation is to take our Eligibility Wizard.  This five-minute quiz will give you specific information related to grants your nonprofit might qualify for and lead you to the applications for each of those grants.


Take our Grants Eligibility Quiz

For organizations that qualify, the Philadelphia Foundation offers the following types of support:

Direct Service

Unrestricted grants for well-run, direct-service nonprofits that connect those they serve to multiple resources. Open to nonprofits with budgets under $10 million. The 2020 application is due April 6.

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Program grants available to nonprofits demonstrating programmatic impact and leadership in the community. Emphasis on demonstrable success that can be replicated by direct-service organizations. The 2020 application will be posted later this year.

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Program and unrestricted grants for advocacy organizations advancing critical issues to bring about systemic changes. Emphasis on human services, education funding, legal services, immigrant/refugee services. The 2020 application will be posted later this year.

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Program grants supporting nonprofit leadership are made to organizations that seek to increase measurable skills and diversity of pipelines for senior staff and board of nonprofits and to strengthen organizational capacity and nonprofit leaders in the areas of governance, management, planning, civic engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion. Criteria to receive funding include the project’s intended outcome, how it fits into a comprehensive plan, organizational readiness, and level of commitment. The 2020 application will be posted later this year.

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Fund for Children

Supports Strategic Investment in Youth and YOUTHadelphia grants. Applications currently available. Rolling deadlines for Strategic Investment in Youth grants. The 2020 YOUTHadelphia application deadline has passed.

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Nonprofit Capacity Building Support

Through our partnership with Catchafire, Philadelphia Foundation underwrites the cost of a 12-month subscription for Greater Philadelphia nonprofits to access free consulting support in areas such as operations, strategy, marketing and communications, web development and more.

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Henrietta Tower Wurts Grants

Grants from The Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial support programs in which a modest grant can play a significant part and which have meaningful goals in relation to the total resources committed to them.

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Special Initiative Grants

Special Initiative Grants are targeted opportunities made possible through the generosity of  those who have established funds with us or through our partnerships with other organizations.

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