Philadelphia Foundation: Direct Service Grants

The Philadelphia Foundation

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Anticipated deadline: Apr 6, 2021

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in New Jersey: Burlington County, Camden County, Counties in Pennsylvania: Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in New Jersey: Burlington County, Camden County, Counties in Pennsylvania: Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County Show all

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About this funder:



Unrestricted Grants are made to direct-service organizations that are well-run, well-led and that serve the high poverty and vulnerable populations in our region, primarily in the five counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

For nonprofits serving this population

  • Greater Philadelphia

Amount of Grants

  • Not more than 7% of the organization’s budget.

Types of Projects Funded

  • General Operating Support

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


  • Common Requirements For All Grant Applicants:
    • Operating budget less than $10 million;
    • 501c3 status;
    • Provide three years of audits or 990s;
    • One Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff Person; and
    • In compliance with TPF non-discrimination policy.
    • Have an office in and provide service is in the Five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania Region and Camden and Burlington Counties in New Jersey.
  • Special Requirements:
    • Applicants must have received an Unrestricted (General Operating Support grant) through the discretionary grant program from The Philadelphia Foundation since 2007.
    • No deficit of more than 10% for prior three years;
    • No more than two years of deficits for prior three years;
    • Operating Budget above $100,000;
    • Must complete child abuse clearance and criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers who work with youth;
  • Important Considerations:
    • The Executive Director must have been in place for at least three months.
    • The Philadelphia Foundation’s legal counsel advises against using discretionary dollars to support organizations wherein there are familial relationships across the board and staff;
      • however,TPF considers the type of family relationship and the controls in place for each request.
    • Grants to organizations that are national or state-wide will be pro-rated based upon their work in our region.
    • TPF looks closely at all Form 990s submitted to the IRS.
      • In order to be considered in good standing for General Operating Support, organizations are expected to have the following policies in place, as indicated in the Part VI, Section B of the Form 990.
        • Conflict of Interest Policies;
        • Whistleblower Policy; and
        • Independent process with comparability data for determining compensation , providing copy of the 990 to board members prior to filing.


  •  Priority given to :
    • Those able to demonstrate that at least 50% of those they serve or represent are low-income; and
    • Those with operating budgets under $5 million.
  • Strongly preferred:
    • Written, board-approved policies regarding whistle-blowing, conflict of interest, and document retention and destruction.
    • Interim or permanent executive leadership in place for at least three months.
    • Limited familial relationships among board and staff members.


  • An organization is ineligible to receive funding through The Philadelphia Foundation’s discretionary grant program if it is one of the following:
    • School (K-12);
    • College or university;
    • A center or a program housed in a university that raises less than 75% of its funding;
    • A local chapter of a national organization or program that raises less than 75% of its own funding;
    • Cemetery;
    • Government agency;
    • General childcare agency;
    • Library; or
    • Organization that re-grant the funding they receive (umbrella funding organization).