Advocacy Program Grants

Advocacy Program Grants support programs advancing critical issues. Programmatic work should be connected to local and/or national systems change efforts. We place emphasis on human services, education funding, legal services and immigrant/refugee services.


For nonprofits serving this population:

Greater Philadelphia

Priority given to:

Organizations able to demonstrate that at least 50% of those they serve or represent are low-income

Common requirements for all grant applicants:

    • 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter
    • List of Board of Directors and their affiliations

Special requirements:

  • Operating Budget above $100,000
  • Must have documented outcomes and evaluation data for at least one year of program service delivery.
  • Must complete child abuse clearance and criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers who work with youth.

Strongly preferred:

  • Interim or permanent executive leadership in place for at least three months.
  • Limited familial relationships among board and staff members.

Amounts of grants:

Not more than 10% of the organization’s budget or maximum of $30,000.

Types of projects funded:

Organizations seeking advocacy program grants should demonstrate a strong history of advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations. Organizations seeking funding for launching new campaigns/programs should demonstrate previous experience successfully delivering results through advocacy efforts on behalf of targeted populations.

Application deadline:

The 2019 application will be posted when the submission window opens.

Application Program Grants Process

Step 1: Determine eligibility

Determine your eligibility by taking our five-minute eligibility quiz.

Step 2: Apply

The application deadline is 01/22/2019

Download the application and apply.

Step 3: Follow-up

One of our program staff will reach out to you to discuss next steps.

Step 4: Report

Once the grant period is completed, a grant report will be required.