Philadelphia Foundation Opens Fall 2023 Grant Cycle

Qualifying Organizations Can Apply for Direct Service, Impact, Advocacy, Leadership or a Fund for Children Grant

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Foundation today opened its Fall 2023 discretionary grant cycle, where qualifying nonprofits can identify and apply for funding from one of several grant funding streams.  Organizations are limited to one application per calendar year and grant amounts range between $10,000 and $50,000.

Information on available grants can found here.

While requirements for each funding stream are slightly different, there are several common elements across each grant opportunity.  Successful applicants will effectively demonstrate they:

  • Are Responsive to Community:  Deep knowledge and connection to service population(s); Ongoing mechanisms to gather input and feedback to shape services
  • Have a Transformative Lens:  Services driven by a clear theory of change that connects activities to desired changes with an eye to long-term impact for participants and an understanding of structural factors that may impede success
  • Are Working to Operationalize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:  Action taken at Board, Staff and program levels to operationalize equity, including representation that reflects the community served, creating safe and welcoming spaces, working from an intersectional lens, sharing power in decision-making, and addressing structural barriers

The deadline for each of the opportunities listed below is 12:00 Midnight on September 11, 2023.

Direct Service Grants:  Unrestricted grants for well-run, direct-service nonprofits that connect those they serve to multiple resources. Open to nonprofits with budgets under $10 million.

Impact Grants:  Program grants available to nonprofits demonstrating programmatic impact and leadership in the community. Emphasis on demonstrable success that can be replicated by direct-service organizations.

Advocacy Grants:  Unrestricted grants for advocacy organizations advancing critical issues to bring about systemic changes. Emphasis on human services, education funding, legal services, immigrant/refugee services.

Leadership Grants:  Program grants supporting nonprofit leadership are made to organizations that seek to increase measurable skills and diversity of pipelines for senior staff and board of nonprofits and to strengthen organizational capacity and nonprofit leaders in the areas of governance, management, planning, civic engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion. Criteria to receive funding include the project’s intended outcome, how it fits into a comprehensive plan, organizational readiness, and level of commitment.

Fund for Children Strategic investments in Youth Grants:  General operating support grants for Philadelphia-based youth development organizations that prioritize youth leadership, civic engagement and youth organizing activities and outcomes.

An informational webinar is being held on Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Organization considering submitting an application are encouraged to register by clicking here.