Advocacy Unrestricted Grants

Advocacy Unrestricted Grants are made to advocacy organizations advancing critical issues. Work should be connected to local and/or national systems change efforts. Our emphasis is on human services, education funding, legal services and immigrant/refugee services.

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.

Common requirements for all grant applicants:

Special requirements:

  • Operating Budget above $100,000.
  • No deficit of more than 10% for prior three years.
  • No more than two years of deficits for prior three years.
  • Must complete child abuse clearance and criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers who work with youth.

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.

Amounts of grants:

Not more than 7% of the organization’s budget.

Types of projects funded:

Organizations seeking advocacy unrestricted grants should demonstrate a strong history of advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations. Grants to organizations that are national or state-wide will be pro-rated based upon their work in Greater Philadelphia.

Application deadline:

The 2020 application will be posted later this year.

Application Program Grants Process

Step 1: Determine eligibility

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

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.