Direct Service Grants 

Direct Service Grants are available on a competitive basis for direct-service nonprofits serving high poverty and vulnerable populations in our Greater Philadelphia region.

Organizations seeking direct service grants should demonstrate a strong history of effective programs that serve on behalf of vulnerable populations, strong management practices, sound fiscal performance and strong leadership at the board and staff levels.

Organizations must support Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and other historically marginalized and under-invested communities.


For nonprofits serving this population:

Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in PA and Burlington and Camden counties in NJ).

Priority given to:

  • Those able to demonstrate that at least 70% of those they serve or represent are low-income
  • Those with operating budgets under $5 million

Common requirements for all grant applicants:

Special requirements:

  • No deficit of more than 10% for the past year.
  • Operating Budget above $100,000.
  • 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:

Grant amounts range between $15,000 and $30,000.

Grants to organizations that are national or state-wide will be pro-rated based upon their work in Greater Philadelphia.

Types of projects funded:

Grants are unrestricted and may be used for all mission-related activities, including operating expenses and contributions to capital campaigns.

Application deadline:

To be considered for a grant in April 2021, apply by Feb. 12.

To be considered for a grant in June 2021, apply by April 16.

To be considered for a grant in November 2021, apply by Sept. 10.

Application Program Grants Process

Step 1: Determine eligibility

Carefully read the criteria listed in the application.

Step 3: Follow-up

A program staff member will reach out to you to discuss next steps.

Step 4: Report

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