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 amounts are between $5,000 and $100,000, depending on the organization’s operating needs.  Next round of grant opportunities will open in the Spring 2024.

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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.

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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Art Works

Art Works is a $3-million grant program for community-based organizations and emerging artists that is designed to support arts, culture and creativity — particularly those working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) individuals and those in other under-served communities. Art Works, the inaugural program from the Forman Arts Initiative, will provide direct grants to artists and organizations that shine a light on Greater Philadelphia’s rich diversity.

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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 up to ten local nonprofit organizations in recognition of their exceptional achievements, overall excellence, and best practices in contributing to a healthier Greater Philadelphia.  Individual awards of unrestricted funding are $50,000.  Competing for an award is a two-step process and past IMPACT Award applicants must register again for consideration in 2024.

Step 1 – Registration
:  Organizations must first register through the 2024 GSK IMPACT Awards Registration Form. 

The registration period that closes on Friday, March 29, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Philadelphia Foundation staff will review and either approve or decline your organization’s initial eligibility.  If your registration is approved, you will be sent an email notification with a link to submit an application.

Step 2 – Application: Beginning March 30, the application link will be active for invited organizations to apply online. Applications must be completed by Thursday, May 2, 2024 by 11:59 p.m.

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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 grants of at least $20,000 each will be awarded for General Operating Support.

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Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Forfeiture Fund

Pursuant to its obligations under the Pennsylvania Controlled Substances Forfeiture Act, 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 5802, and the final order entered on February 17, 2021 in Sourovelis v. City of Philadelphia, Civ. Action No. 2:14-cv-04687-ER, the Office of the District Attorney of Philadelphia must utilize funds forfeited to it to support community-based anti-crime and anti-narcotics organizations.

The Fund will prioritize requests from grassroots community groups, especially organizations with annual operating budgets under $1 million. Grants are limited to organizations with operating budgets under $5 million that work with Philadelphia residents. Programs should focus explicitly on preventing violence and/or reducing gun involvement.

2024 Application Cycle #3 – The third Forfeiture grant application cycle will close on June 7, 2024, at midnight and is only open to gun violence intervention programs.

      • Well aligned intervention programs focus on individuals most at risk of being a victim or perpetrator of gun violence. These programs work with very high-risk individuals to develop trusting relationships and connect them to services, supports and opportunities.
      • Addressing the trauma that many very high-risk individuals have experienced, through strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is often a key component of intervention programs.  Additional aspects of model Intervention Programs focus on holistically meeting the immediate and medium-term needs of participants, such as housing, employment and healthcare.
      • Use of credible community messengers and some research backing or evidence-informed program design are encouraged. Priority will be given to programs/services with strong partnerships to reach individuals most at risk and to connect participants to holistic supports.

Grants will range from $20,000 to $50,000, with an average grant size of $40,000. Priority given to organizations with active partnerships between community assets and therapeutic resources.


There will be multiple grant cycles in 2024. If an organization applied under a previous cycle, please contact the Philadelphia Foundation at grantmakingservices@philafound.org before starting a new application.

Download the application here