Welfare Foundation Grant

Welfare Foundation, Inc.

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Next deadline: Oct 15, 2021 8:59pm PDT

Later deadlines: Apr 15, 2022 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Health & Medicine Human & Social Services Education Environment Hospital Care Real Estate & Housing Media Arts Civic Affairs Performing Arts Public / Community Art Artist Training & Development Art History Visual Arts Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Delaware, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Location of residency: United States

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Welfare Foundation Grant

Originally formed in 1930 by Pierre S. du Pont and headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the Welfare Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses its assets and the income they generate to promote the social welfare of people and communities in Delaware and southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Focus Areas

Grantmaking is the primary strategy used by Welfare Foundation in its philanthropic work. Depending on the performance of its investments, the Foundation will typically award approximately $5 million in grants each year and has made grants to nonprofits totaling approximately $130 million in the past 25 years.

Traditionally, the Welfare Foundation has primarily focused on capital grants (but not endowments) in the following seven nonprofit sub-sectors: 

  • Social Services
  • Housing
  • Health/Hospitals
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Arts
  • Civic

While we have in the past, and will continue in the future, to provide some operating support on an occasional basis, it will remain the exception and not the norm. If you have a need for operational support and plan to apply for it, we kindly ask that you please schedule a time to meet with us to discuss the specifics of your request prior to submitting your application.

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


  • The following list details the criteria for our charitable contributions (all must be met prior to submitting request):
    • Organization must be 501(c)(3) status.
    • Organization must not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, handicap, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, martial status, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.


  • Funds must not benefit:
    • Political candidates, causes, organizations, or campaigns
    • Advocacy or lobbying activities
    • Churches, synagogues, and temples
    • Fundraising activities, such as galas, benefits, dinners, and sporting events
    • Goodwill advertising, souvenir journals, or event programs
    • Individual needs, including scholarships, sponsorships, and other forms of financial aid
    • Pass-through grants
    • Travel for individuals or groups
    • Books, magazines or articles in professional journals
    • Any other activities deemed not appropriate for support


This page was last reviewed August 09, 2020 and last updated August 09, 2020