Grant Application FAQs
To whom does Pew award grants?
The majority of grants are awarded to public charities classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Except upon invitation, Pew does not make grants to individuals.
What kinds of activities do Pew grants support?
Pew supports organizations that foster a healthy and vibrant public life in the Philadelphia region.
Through the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, we award grants in dance, visual art exhibitions, heritage, cultural management, music, theater, and individual artist’s fellowships—supporting area artists and organizations whose work is distinguished by excellence, imagination, and courage. We also provide, through our Fund for Health and Human Services, grants to organizations that serve disadvantaged children and families; adults with multiple, complex issues such as those related to homelessness and mental health problems; and the frail elderly. We also support special projects we call Civic Initiatives, which strengthen the health and vitality of the Philadelphia region’s civic life.
Is Pew grantmaking directed to any specific region?
Our grantmaking programs are primarily focused on supporting organizations located in the Philadelphia region, our hometown.
How do I apply for an arts grant?
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage has annual guidelines detailing the types of grants available and eligibility criteria. To find out if you or your organization is eligible for funding through the Center, please find the program relating to the discipline(s) you practice and either visit its page on the Center's website or contact the appropriate Center staff directly.
How does my organization apply for a grant from the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services?
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. Pew Fund support is limited to nonprofits located in and providing services in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Please visit this page for the funding schedule and application instructions.
How do I apply for a Philadelphia civic initiative grant?
Grants for local civic initiatives are provided mainly to organizations with which the Trusts have a longstanding relationship. They have traditionally highlighted the city’s unique history, helped to improve and promote its most important public spaces and civic treasures, or addressed important issues of urban revitalization. If you feel that your organization may be a fit for funding, please visit the Application Procedure page.
Does Pew provide any fellowships?
We provide fellowships only through the following programs: The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, The Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences, and The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation. The Pew Fellowships in the Arts, located at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, provides support to Philadelphia-area artists. The fellowships are highly competitive and candidates must be nominated. Please visit their respective web pages for more information.
What are the chances of being funded?
Our work is highly focused: each program identifies and pursues a specific set of goals. Please be aware that our grant application process is highly competitive—compared to the number of proposals received, very few are funded. If you do intend to apply for support, you should carefully review our funding priorities to determine whether your proposed project clearly fits within the range of activities we support. If there is not a clear fit, it is extremely unlikely that your project will be funded.
Do you have suggestions about where else I might look for funding?
The Foundation Center maintains a comprehensive listing of U.S. foundations and the areas they fund.
Philadelphia—the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution—is also Pew’s hometown.