Applying for a Grant

From its founding, The Pew Charitable Trusts has been committed to providing assistance to the Philadelphia region’s most vulnerable populations. Since 1991, the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia (Pew Fund) has served as the primary vehicle through which Pew honors this long‐standing commitment.

The Pew Fund is organized around three populations: disadvantaged children and youth, vulnerable adults, and the elderly. For each population, the Pew Fund identifies a goal and set of objectives based on a review of community needs, the latest research on best practices, and analysis of public policy and funding trends. Funded organizations are selected through a competitive solicitation and review process focused on identifying those whose work has the strongest likelihood of producing meaningful outcomes consistent with the Pew Fund’s goal and objectives.

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:

Pew Fund Grantmaking Schedule

  • Programs serving children, youth and families: The term for accepting Letters of Intent for this cycle is currently closed. Grants will be awarded in March 2013.
  • Programs serving vulnerable adults: The next LOI announcement will be issued in summer 2013, with grants awarded in March 2014.
  • Programs serving elderly people: The next LOI announcement will be issued in summer 2014, with grants awarded in March 2015.

Please note that Pew Fund support is limited to nonprofit organizations located in and providing services in the five-county Philadelphia area: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

If your organization is located in the five-county Philadelphia area and would like to be added to the mailing list to receive LOI announcements, please contact Pew Fund staff at 215.575.4865.

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