Apply For A Grant

We support nonprofits in becoming well-run, well-staffed, well-governed organizations that take the time to evaluate their work and plan for their future. Rather than funding specific programs, our grants address such areas as strategic planning, organizational structure and financial assessment. Organizations able to demonstrate high performance in these areas may be eligible for General Operating Support. 

Our special initiatives grants provide support for nonprofits meeting specific criteria.

How Do I Start?

The first step for any nonprofit interested in a grant from The Philadelphia Foundation is to take our Eligibility Wizard.

This five-minute quiz will give you specific information on which of our grants your nonprofit might qualify for and lead you to the applications for each of those grants.

Completing the wizard is an essential first step in seeking nonprofit funding.

Take Our Grants Eligibility Wizard

An organization will not receive funding through The Philadelphia Foundation’s discretionary grant program if it limits those who can be employees, volunteers, board members or receive services based on their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other legally protected characteristics.

Discretionary Grants

For organizations that quallify, we offer the following types of support:

  • Direct Service
    Unrestricted grants for well-run, direct-service nonprofits that connect those they serve to multiple resources. Open to nonprofits with budgets under $10 million. Amount will be no more than 7% of an organization’s operating budget.  The 2018 deadline has passed.
  • Impact
    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. Amount will be no more than 10% of an organization’s operating budget. The 2018 deadline has passed.
  • Advocacy
    Program and unrestricted grants for advocacy organizations advancing critical issues. Emphasis on human services, education funding, legal services, immigrant/refugee services. Amount will be no more than 10% of an organization’s operating budget. The 2018 deadline has passed.
  • Leadership
    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, planning, civic engagement, board and staff development 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. Amount will be no more than 10% of an organization's operating budget. The 2018 deadline has passed.
  • Fund for Children
    Supports Strategic Investment in Youth and YOUTHadelphia grants. Applications currently available. Rolling deadlines for Strategic Investment in Youth grants. The 2018 deadline for YOUTHadelphia grants has passed.
  • Nonprofit Capacity Building Support
    Following a successful pilot program in 2017 with Catchafire, TPF will provide all Greater Philadelphia nonprofits with access to free consulting support in areas such as operations, strategy, marketing and communications, web development and more. More information. Register online.

Grant FAQs

Have questions after taking our wizard? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


For questions about grants, call (215)563-6417 or email us

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