Independence Foundation Grant

Independence Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $250,000

Fields of work: Performing Arts Visual Arts Arts / Culture Access & Participation Theater Health Care Access & Delivery Wellness & Healthy Living Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health Primary Health Care Legal Services Food Delivery & Distribution Services Food Access & Hunger Affordable Housing Supportive Housing & Shelters Homelessness Services Disability Care & Services Outpatient Medical Care / Home Health Care Health Policy & Advocacy Aging/Gerontology Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Pennsylvania: Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County

Location of residency: Counties in Pennsylvania: Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County

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About this funder:




The Independence Foundation is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization serving Philadelphia and its surrounding Pennsylvania counties. The Foundation’s mission is to support organizations that provide services to people who do not ordinarily have access to them. With a strong focus on health, the Foundation invests in people and programs that enrich the life experiences of the residents of the Philadelphia area.

In addition to health care, the Foundation extends its funding to human services, legal aid and arts & culture, building on the belief that a region that promotes physical well-being, provides equal access to services, values justice, and appreciates the arts will thrive for generations to come.

Funding Initiatives

Human Services

In keeping with our mission to support organizations that provide direct services to people who do not ordinarily have access to them, Independence Foundation’s current Human Services funding agenda focuses on programs that address the following areas:

  • Adequate food and food distribution 
  • Affordable housing and access to shelter by homeless persons
  • Services which support independence for people living with disabilities

Independence Foundation supports programs that empower less advantaged residents of the Philadelphia area to achieve self-sufficiency by providing these most basic of needs.

Health Care

Independence Foundation believes that high quality, comprehensive primary care and related services result in better health, improved quality of life, reduction in health disparities, and lower costs to the health care system. Concerned about the difficulties experienced by many people in the Philadelphia region in accessing these services, the Foundation supports programs that improve accessibility.

In addition, the Foundation is committed to improving the health care of older adults, who represent the fastest growing segment of the population and account for a disproportionate share of overall healthcare costs, through educational preparation of the nursing workforce and innovative clinical and community health programs. Funding within the health care initiative focuses on the following:

  • Existing nurse-managed health care centers undertaking capacity building projects to expand and/or improve the provision of primary care and related services 
  • Programs that support health policies and/or infrastructure for nurse-managed and other safety-net health providers
  • Projects designed to inform health care-related planning
  • Clinical, community, and/or educational programs designed to improve the health of older adults

Arts And Culture

Independence Foundation believes in bolstering the well-being of the region by supporting a variety of opportunities for involvement and participation in the arts. Art plays a transformative role in society, one that enriches community and connects people.

The Foundation supports programs in the arts that enhance the common artistic spirit through creation or performance. To this end, Independence Foundation awards multi-year general operating grants aimed at strengthening organizations by supporting creative work and administrative capacity, based on community involvement, artistic merit, and leadership in the field. 

In addition to providing general operating grants to local theatres, the New Theatre Works Initiative was launched to encourage the development and production of new theatrical work in the Philadelphia area. Independence Foundation also supports many larger cultural institutions in the region, believing that they contribute to making the Philadelphia area both culturally vibrant and economically healthy. Programs that connect the arts with non-traditional participants, and increase both access to and awareness of the arts, are of special interest to the Foundation. 

As part of the Foundation’s commitment to recognize and support work by artists across the region, individual artists are funded in both the performing and visual arts through the Fellowships in the Arts program.

Legal Aid

The Independence Foundation is committed to the support of free legal services for the underserved of the Philadelphia region. Agencies funded under the Public Interest Legal Aid Initiative address civil legal issues confronting individuals from diverse populations who do not traditionally have adequate access to legal representation, including the indigent, the elderly, the disabled, and the homeless. These grants provide core operating support to strengthen the administrative capacity and the direct service programs of those agencies that deliver critical legal services.

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


  • Nonprofit charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Revenue Code can apply for grant.
  • Please note that the Independence Foundation’s funding area is restricted to Philadelphia and its surrounding Pennsylvania counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery.


  • Independence Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. 
    • Organizations not previously or recently funded by Independence Foundation are encouraged to send a two page Letter of Inquiry including organizational background information, amount being requested and description of the program/services for which the funds will be used.