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Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia

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 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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