Cross-Program Funding

William Penn Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Nov 30, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jan 18, 2019 (Full proposal), Feb 23, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Apr 5, 2019 (Full proposal), Jun 14, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Jul 26, 2019 (Full proposal), Sep 7, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Oct 19, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Counties in New Jersey: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: The Foundation has a two-stage online application process which includes an initial inquiry and an invited full proposal. Inquiries are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once an inquiry is received, organizations are typically notified of next steps within 30 days. If an organization is invited to proceed to the second stage of the process and submit a full proposal, the deadlines above are provided as a guide for when materials are due for consideration at a board meeting. Organizations are encouraged to submit their materials by these deadlines. Your program officer will let you know when materials need to be submitted for consideration at a particular board meeting.

  • Grants at or below $82,500 are not required to be considered at a board meeting, and thus do not follow the deadline schedules listed under Deadlines.

William Penn Foundation

As a family foundation with its roots firmly planted in Philadelphia, we have been committed to improving the quality of life in the city and the region for the last 70 years.

Our mission is to help improve education for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creative communities that enhance civic life and advance philanthropy in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Cross-Program Funding

The Foundation maintains an interest in projects that stretch across our priorities and align with more than one program area (Creative Communities, Great Learning, Watershed Protection). Cross-program projects represent opportunities to share thinking across sectors, address multiple goals within a single project, and learn from new approaches.

Cross-program projects must show clear alignment with the goals and approaches of at least two program areas and will be competitive for funding based on alignment with Foundation priorities, potential impact, and budget availability.

Funding outside of strategic priorities

The Foundation is continually testing new ideas and pushing the boundaries of our thinking. Within that context, we have created an internal approach that allows the current strategic priorities, set in 2013, to evolve as contexts change, new information and opportunities become available, and we learn from our grantmaking. To this end, as part of an ongoing process of learning and exploration, the Foundation will offer a number of grants designed to explore new, but related areas of work.  

Additionally, we may make grants to support transformation, make possible exceptional civic opportunities, or advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Multiple or Sequenced Grants
    • The Foundation will consider multiple applications from an organization, so long as total funding does not exceed the 25% threshold noted above. 
    • Prior to submitting a new application, a grantee must be current with interim and final reporting requirements on all active grants.
    • Staff may request updates on previously funded projects as part of a new application.
    • If you are planning to reapply for funding, please talk with your program officer before the final year of your grant to discuss the timing of your next request.
  • Grant Size and Matching Requirements
    • The size of a grant from the Foundation depends on the nature of the proposed work and the need of a particular project.
    • A match for grant requests is not required unless specifically communicated by your program officer during the application process.


  • Please note that it is Foundation policy not to fund more than 25% of an organization’s operating budget for more than three individual years in any given five-year period.
    • The Foundation may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis under limited circumstances, subject to approval by the board of directors.
  • An outstanding final report on a previous grant may delay the review of the new funding request.

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