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YOUTHadelphia Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits in Eligible
Areas for Youth Leadership Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Philadelphia Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for programs that build leadership skills for youth. Preference is given to programs that primarily serve low-income youth of color, are led by youth, and are largely designed and implemented by young people. Eligible organizations, projects, and programs must be based in Philadelphia.

YOUTHadelphia is the Youth Advisory Committee of the Philadelphia Foundation’s Fund for Children. Established in 2004 as part of the Fund for Children, this youth in philanthropy program’s mission is to give Philadelphia teens opportunities to build youth leadership through philanthropy and the donation of time, energy and resources.

YOUTHadelphia grants support youth programs/projects with social and political themes and content in program/project curriculum; and help young people build skills/capacities to be decision-makers and action-oriented problem solvers. 

Priority is given to:

  • Applicants that demonstrate how the program/project is youth-led, largely devised and implemented by young people
  • Applicants at which at least 70% of the program/project participants served can be classified as low-income and as marginalized
  • Applicants with youth-led programs/projects serving low-income youth of color
  • Applicants with programs/projects that have a combination of social, emotional and/or political themes and content embedded in their curriculums

2021 Grant Priority Funding:

  • Projects/programs led by and for BIPOC and historically marginalized staff and youth.
  • Youth projects/programs serving youth 13 to 18
  • Projects/Programs focused on one of the following or an intersection of any of the following issues:
    • Environmental Health
    • Youth Homelessness
    • Food Insecurity
    • Mental Health
    • Native Invisibility
    • Youth Leadership

For information about each of the above issues, see the online grant application:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180209

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000. The grant can be no more than 10% of the organizational budget.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Philadelphia Foundation gives grants only to eligible nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations based in Philadelphia.

Basic Eligibility:
- Applicant must be a 501 (c) (3) or fiscally sponsored by a 501 (c) (3)
- Project/Program is based in Philadelphia
- 100% of those served by project/program can be categorized as children (1 to 12) or youth (13 to 18)
- At least 70% of youth served by project/program can be categorized as low-income
- At least 70% of youth served by project/program can be categorized as marginalized (women, LGBTQ, disabled, Persons of Color, undocumented, returning citizen, Native, etc.)
- Child abuse clearances are up to date including PA Child abuse, criminal history, and FBI fingerprinting for all project/program staff and volunteers working with project/program youth.

Organizations receiving Discretionary Grants are still eligible for YOUTHadelphia grants.

An organization is ineligible to receive funding through The Philadelphia Foundation’s discretionary grant program if it is one of the following:

- School (K-12)
- College or university.
- A center or a program housed in a university that raises less than 75% of its funding
- A local chapter of a national organization or program that raises less than 75% of its own funding
- Cemetery
- Government agency
- General childcare agency
- Library
- Organization that re-grant the funding they receive (umbrella funding organization).

The Philadelphia Foundation does not give grants to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Video and E-Applications are due: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at 05:00 PM EST.

Site visits for selected finalists will be conducted between March 26 and April 14, 2021.

Final Decisions announced: Friday, May 6, 2021

How to Apply:
- Fill out the online application
- Email a completed application
- Interview with YOUTHadelphia program participants

**All applicants will be contacted by the Philadelphia Foundation to schedule an interview.**


Ineligible Organizations:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Email a completed application to

To submit a video application, email A link will be sent for you to upload your video submission.

All applications delivered successfully will receive an automatic response. If you do not receive an automatic response, please email a Program Officer at to ensure your materials have been received.

Philadelphia Foundation
1835 Market Street, Suite 2410
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2968

Phone: (215) 563-6417
Fax: (215) 563-6882

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

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