Samuel S. Fels Fund: Arts & Culture Grant

Samuel S Fels Fund

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2020 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

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About this funder:



The Fels Fund’s mission is to improve conditions and opportunities for marginalized communities in Philadelphia, and move us towards a more socially, racially and economically just society.

We envision a day when all Philadelphians can live full, meaningful and dignified lives as valued and contributing members of our diverse and vibrant city.

Funding Focus: Arts & Culture

Amplifying culture, voice & social justice

The arts can be one of the most nourishing and powerful engines of social change when driven by those marginalized by race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, immigration status, physical ability, mental health, age or other social or legal status.

We provide two-year grants (primarily general operating funds) for exemplary Philadelphia arts and culture organizations whose primary mission is to do one or more of the following:

  • use their art to expose and confront the policies, institutions and systems that create disparities and harm marginalized communities
  • lift marginalized voices in pursuit of social change
  • strengthen, preserve and/or share social or cultural identities and traditions

Funding Guidelines

  • Funding request can be for one or two years
  • Must include performance or exhibit schedule

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


  • We provide general operating support and some funding for projects.
  • Who is eligible:
    • Organizations who focus on the City of Philadelphia and have
      • a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation or
      • a not-for-profit mission and use a fiscal sponsor or national office.


  • Ordinarily, the Fels Fund does not make grants for major programs of large institutions, capital and equipment, endowment and the routine or direct services of social service agencies.
  • Individual daycare, after school programs and computer centers cannot be accommodated.
  • Full list of what we do not fund below:
    • Activities or services taking place outside of Philadelphia, PA
    • Grants to individuals
    • National, umbrella or re-granting organizations except those with Philadelphia offices
    • Endowments
    • Capital programs
    • Deficit financing or emergency aid
    • Purchase of tickets, tables, ads or sponsorships
    • Parties, conferences, fairs, fundraising and one-time events
    • Routine social services/counseling
    • Drug and alcohol addiction programs
    • Healthcare and health research
    • Support groups for individuals
    • Summer recreation programs
    • Individual daycare or after school programs
    • Programs for animals
    • Environmental programs
    • Religious and private education
    • Individual public or charter schools
    • Higher education
    • Community computer programs
    • Scholarships, fellowships, grants-in-aid of travel or research
    • Publications or university presses
    • Arts and Culture organizations without a mission that is primarily social justice-focused