Ensuring that the most vulnerable residents receive much-needed assistance

Through the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia, The Pew Charitable Trusts helps to ensure that the most vulnerable residents of the region receive much-needed assistance by supporting a range of programs that serve three at-risk populations:

  • Vulnerable adults.
  • Disadvantaged children, youth, and their families.
  • Frail elderly.  

The organizations that directly serve these individuals and their families are making a difference every day through their compassion, commitment to evidence-based best practices, and the ability to continually learn from experience. Since its inception, the Pew Fund has awarded nearly $220 million to approximately 320 nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region. 

Eligibility and application process

Pew Fund support is limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in and providing services in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

Grants are awarded in each of the three population categories once every three years, according to the schedule described below. To apply for funding, nonprofit organizations should request a Letter of Intent (LOI) announcement for the population that would be served. An organization should apply only if it determines that there is a clear fit between its proposed services and the Pew Fund’s objectives and guidelines, as set forth in the LOI announcement. Based on a review of the LOI submissions, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

Pew Fund grant-making schedule

Our funding cycles follow the schedules below. To receive an LOI application, please email pewfund@pewtrusts.org or call 215-531-8124, and indicate for which cycle you wish to apply.

Vulnerable adults

LOI announcement June 2019
LOI submission deadline Late July 2019
Invitation to submit full proposal Early September 2019
Grants awarded March 2020

Disadvantaged children, youth and their families

LOI announcement
June 2018 
LOI submission deadline
Late July 2018
Invitation to submit full proposal Early September 2018
Grants awarded March 2019

Frail elderly

LOI announcement June 27, 2017
LOI submission deadline July 28, 2017 
Invitation to submit full proposal Early September 2017
Grants awarded March 2018

Our current lists of grantees can be found by clicking the links below.

For more information on applying, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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25 Years of Support for the Vulnerable
Elderly in Philadelphia
Elderly in Philadelphia
Press Releases & Statements

Pew Announces $4.5M in Grants Supporting Philadelphia Region’s Frail Elderly

Funding to assist 44,000 people annually through 28 local organizations

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Press Releases & Statements

PHILADELPHIA—The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that it will provide nearly $4.52 million over the next three years to 28 Philadelphia-area organizations that work to preserve the dignity, independence, and quality of life of the region’s frail seniors, many of whom are struggling with economic hardship, social isolation, and health and mobility challenges. Approximately 44,000 elderly people will be assisted annually.

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Improving Life for Low-Income Children

For 25 years, supported programs have been serving some of the most vulnerable in the Philadelphia region.

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Since its inception 25 years ago, the Pew Fund has awarded more than $200 million to more than 300 organizations throughout the Philadelphia region to help some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

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Low-Income Seniors Often Need Help Accessing Public Benefits

What Philadelphia-based Benefits Data Trust is doing to make a difference

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Low-Income Seniors Often Need Help Accessing Public Benefits

For 25 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported agencies that work to preserve the dignity and quality of life of the low-income, frail elderly in the Philadelphia region so that they can reside in their communities and homes for as long as possible. Here, we talk to Ginger Zielinskie, president of Benefits Data Trust, to learn more about the challenges facing this vulnerable population in our area, and what the organization is doing to make a difference.