Forman Family Fund Grants

The Nessa Forman, David Forman, Eleanor and Solomon Forman Family Fund — a Designated Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation — 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.

The fund was established through the estate of Nessa R. Forman, former V.P. for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at WHYY and former Arts and Leisure Editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin. She was a passionate advocate for arts education.

All Letters of Interest must be submitted electronically through the online LOI form.

Letters of Interest will be screened for eligibility, alignment with the fund’s priorities and quality of programming.


For nonprofits offering these programs:

In-school or out-of-school time programs open to all young people aged 11 to 18 that address one of the following areas:

  • Photography
  • Architectural Drawing and Architecture
  • Written Arts

Criteria for selection:

  • Curriculum-based program at least one semester in length (preference for year-long programs)
  • Program must have been operating for at least two years with a proven track record

Requirements for grant applicants:

  • Curriculum-based program at least one semester in length (preference for year-long programs)
  • Program must have been operating for at least two years with a proven track record

Special Requirements:

  • Organization must submit Letter of Interest.
  • Qualifying nonprofits will be invited to submit full application.

Amount of grants:

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

Types of projects funded:

  • Direct program expenses
  • Staff time
  • Materials and supplies
  • Indirect expenses (up to 15% to total grant amount)
  • Transportation, meals and field trips for participants

Questions about this grant:

Email: Forman@philafound.org

Application deadline:

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

Application Program Grants Process

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Carefully review the criteria listed above.

Step 2: Apply

Submit completed letter of interest.

Step 3: Follow-up

Successful LOI candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Step 4: Report

Submit a one-page narrative report detailing how the funds were use and the impact of your organization.