Special Initiative Grants

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

These grants may be limited to organizations serving a particular purpose, a defined demographic group or a limited geographic area. They may also support pilot programs and so have criteria that may change from year to year.

Current Opportunities

Shown below are links to any applications that are currently being accepted. If no links are present, there are no current Special Initiatives Grants opportunities.

Nonprofits are urged to carefully read the criteria before applying and to address any questions to the specific email address listed on the application.

Black Community Leaders Grants

The Black Community Leaders grant program supports organizations that are Black-led (chief executive or board chair identifies as Black), that have demonstrated commitment to Black inclusion and leadership and that serve predominantly Black communities.

Grants are issued on a rolling basis in amounts between $5,000 and $100,000, depending on the organization’s operating needs.

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Edna W. Andrade Grants

The Edna W. Andrade Fund supports grants for local or national museums or nonprofit art organizations with exhibitions or programs that benefit visual fine artists of Greater Philadelphia.

Grants in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded in 2021. Applications are due at 3 p.m. Mon. May 3, 2021.

The fund was established through the estate of Edna Andrade, a leading Philadelphia teacher and artist who was associated with the Op Art movement of the 1960s.

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Forman Family Fund Grants

The Nessa Forman, David Forman, Eleanor and Solomon Forman Family Fund supports Greater Philadelphia nonprofits serving young people aged 11 to 18 offering in-school or out-of-school-time programs that address one of the following areas:

  • Photography
  • Architectural Drawing and Architecture
  • Written Arts

Grants from $5,000 up to $40,000 each are awarded annually.

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The GSK IMPACT Awards for Greater Philadelphia annually honors ten local nonprofit organizations. In 2021, in honor of the program’s 25th year in the United States, each organization will receive $50,000 each in recognition of their exceptional achievements, overall excellence and best practices in contributing to a healthier Greater Philadelphia Region.

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Philadelphia Chapter of The Transition Network Grants

The Giving Circle of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Transition Network supports organizations serving the needs of women and children in Philadelphia.

Three $22,000 grants will be awarded in 2022.

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