William Penn Foundation




The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on improving the quality of life in the greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children’s futures, and deepen connections to nature and community. Grants are awarded in the following topic areas: children, youth, and families; environment and communities; and arts and culture. Children, youth, and families grants works in Greater Philadelphia to promote a better early care and education system, more effective and equitable public education policies, and the coordination of quality development opportunities for older youth. Grants focus on school readiness, public education, and youth development. In the environment and communities topic, the Foundation’s priorities include protecting and conserving significant, regional landscapes and restoring water resources. The Foundation also seeks to improve regional prosperity and competitiveness as well as revitalize Greater Philadelphia’s Urban Core. Funding priorities for arts and culture grants include growing a robust cultural community and leveraging strategic opportunities. Virtually all of the Foundation’s grantmaking takes place in the counties of Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. The Foundation will also consider requests for projects that, although administered by an organization located outside of the region, are expressly for the benefit of the region and its constituents. The Foundation occasionally makes grants to national organizations for work performed by local affiliates. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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