The McLean Contributionship Grant

The McLean Contributionship

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $100,000

Next deadline: May 8, 2020

Later deadlines: Aug 12, 2020, Oct 21, 2020, Feb 7, 2021

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

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

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

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Most grants by the Contributionship have been made in the Greater Philadelphia area because of the 100 year business and personal associations of the McLean family.

The Trustees believe the resources of The Contributionship can be used most effectively by making a relatively limited number of grants for projects of long-term benefit–rather than by underwriting continuing operating expenses. The Trustees focus on capital projects: bricks and mortar, endowment for purposes outlined below. Capital is considered to be a physical item with at least a three to five year life span. The Trustees may make grants in ways to encourage the successful funding of projects.


The Contributionship favors projects in the Greater Philadelphia area when they enhance the lives of those living there. The Trustees are most likely to respond positively when the project:

  • stimulates a better understanding of the natural environment, and encourages the preservation of its important features;

  • encourages more compassionate and cost-effective care for the ill and aging, in an atmosphere of dignity and self-respect; or

  • promotes education, or medical, scientific, or on occasion, cultural developments enhancing the quality of life.

In addition, the Trustees from time to time support projects which:

  • motivate promising young people to assess and develop their talents despite social and economic obstacles; or

  • encourage those in newspaper and related fields to become more effective and responsible in helping people understand better how, events in their communities and around the world affect them.

Grants are made in the following areas:

  • Arts, Culture and Humanities;

  • Education;

  • Environment and Animals;

  • Health; and

  • Human Services

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


  • Eligible applicants are organizations operating-in and serving the Greater Philadelphia.
  • Evidence of tax-exempt status is required plus a list of officers and directors.
  • In addition, we ask that those organization who have received a grant, rest for a calendar year (a year without a grant payment), before submitting a new proposal.
    • This means for example if you got a grant payment in 2015, your organization would rest for 2016, and then they could come back with another capital request in 2017.


  • The Contributionship does not fund the costs or expenses of existing staff allocated to a project it is asked to support.