Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia

  • June 01, 2014


In 1991, Pew created the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia (Pew Fund) to serve as the primary vehicle through which it supports health and social service organizations in the Philadelphia region. The program focuses its assistance on organizations that serve some of the most vulnerable members of the community – disadvantaged children and families; adults with multiple, complex issues such as those related to homelessness and mental health problems; and the frail elderly.

Since its inception, Pew Fund has awarded approximately $180 million to more than 300 health and human service nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and neighboring Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

The metropolitan region is home to large numbers of people in need, and the nonprofit organizations that work with these individuals also need strengthening themselves. Pew Fund is partnering with the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning to offer capacity-building support that will help nonprofits become more results-oriented, financially secure and able to adapt to new demands. Several special initiatives are a critical part of the Pew Fund’s efforts. One of these is the Programs Adjusting to a Changing Environment, or PACE, an educational series that helps the program’s grantees understand and adapt to critical trends and policy issues.  

In addition, the Pew Fund is assisting the Community Oversight Board of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services to independently monitor the department’s implementation of needed reforms in protecting the city’s most vulnerable children.


To apply for a grant from the Pew Fund, nonprofit organizations must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), following the posted guidelines and schedule. Letters are accepted and grants awarded as follows:

  • Programs serving vulnerable adults: The 2013 grant application period for programs serving vulnerable adults is now closed. Grants will be awarded in March 2014. The next LOI announcement will be issued in summer 2016.
  • Programs serving elderly people: The next LOI announcement will be issued in summer 2014, with grants awarded in March 2015.  
  • Programs serving children, youth and families: The next LOI announcement will be issued in summer 2015, with grants awarded in March 2016.

If your organization would like to be notified when the Pew Fund grant application schedule is posted, call 215.575.4865 and ask to be added to the Pew Fund mailing list.    

Please note: Pew Fund support is limited to nonprofits located in and providing services in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.