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Kahlert Foundation
September 1, 2021

The Kahlert Foundation has five main areas of focus: health care, youth programs, education, veteran organizations, and human services in the Mid-Atlantic area and Utah. Funding is intended to improve organizations’ capacity to make a positive impact on the local communities and their citizen
Health Care
Funding is made to hospitals, hospice & palliative care, and organizations providing free physician exams & medicine for uninsured and under-insured people. The foundation also supports health care research including cancer, urology, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Health care represents the largest portion of funding, accounting for about 50% of grants.
Youth Programs
The Foundation supports a wide variety of youth programs which include education, after school programs, mentorship, and health care.
The foundation supports K-12 public education with an emphasis on higher education. Grants are typically for scholarships and student assistance with a current focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
Areas of focus include medical care, research on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), housing, scholarships, and financial assistance.
Human Services
The Foundation supports programs that focus on helping individuals improve their own lives. Areas of grants include food banks, housing, elderly, literacy, and health & wellness.​
January 1, May 1, and September 1

WestRock Foundation
Deadline: August 31, 2021

WestRock Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in community where WestRock is located.
The Foundation areas of focus are conservation of forests and building the manufacturing workforce of the future.
The focus on environmental sustainability centers around water, tree and wildlife diversity conservation projects in communities where WestRock has operations. Through partnerships with the American Forest Foundation, Arbor Day Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Trust for the Public Land, the Foundation is investing in the revitalization of longleaf pine in the southeast, protecting headwaters around the Hood Canal in Tacoma and restoring tree canopies. And because conservation requires partnership, the Foundation also invests in resources and education to help family landowners manage their land more sustainably.
The Foundation is also committed to building a workforce skilled in modern manufacturing. By investing in programs like 3DE by Junior Achievement and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Career Bound, they aim to increase the awareness of jobs and hone the skills required for a successful career in manufacturing.
Proposals are accepted year-round, but are reviewed twice per year on the following schedule:
• Cycle 1 – proposals due by February 28 with notifications by June 30
• Cycle 2 – proposals due by August 31 with notifications by December 31

Presser Foundation-Special Projects
Deadline: September 15, 2021

The Presser Foundation accepts applications to the Special Projects grant program annually.
Special Project grants will be given to music organizations for:
  • Pilot programs and first-time collaborations between existing music organizations and other artistic organizations (the music organization must be the applicant and grant recipient);
  • Significant anniversary celebrations of an organization and not of organizational personnel (must be a quarter century milestone – 25, 50, 75 years, etc.);
  • Initial grant funding for newly established music organizations (within 3 years); and
  • Efforts that the Trustees of the Foundation may encourage or initiate through a request for proposals to the field or to specific organizations (consistent with the Foundation’s Conflict of Interest Policy).**
**Given the environment of uncertainty, the Special Projects Committee is open to considering creative proposals supporting music programming efforts which can be realized during this current fiscal year.
  • Non-profit, 501(c)(3) music organizations include: music performance, music presenting or music education organizations (pre-collegiate).
  • Pre-collegiate music education organizations include after school music programs, community music schools, music preparatory divisions and youth instrumental and vocal programs.
  • The size and scope of the organization is considered when proposals are reviewed.
  • Organizations that are in Pennsylvania (including Harrisburg), New Jersey, Delaware or Maryland and are within a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia are eligible to apply.
  • Organizations in the New York and Baltimore metropolitan areas will not be considered for funding.

GKV Foundation
Deadline:  September 27-30, 2020, 012:00 EDST — Letters of Interest due for 2022 Grants. Any letters sent prior to September 27 will not be considered. The window will only be open up to 100 LOIs.

The GKV Foundation makes grants for arts education initiatives. The Foundation believes that smartly guided exposure to the arts will positively impact an individual’s intellectual and social skills and ultimately contribute to improving our global home.
They want to encourage and will take a chance on new, yet-to-be-tested initiatives based on a broad range of artistic expressions.
The submission process is a two-step process. The first step is to submit a letter of interest. If the letter of interest appears to match the Foundation’s interest and criteria, they will invite a grant proposal.
  • The applicant is a certified 501(c)(3) with a board in full compliance with the IRS;
  • Parent organization will have been active for at least five years at the time of the award;
  • Its annual operating budget big enough to manage a new, sustainable project yet small enough for a minimum grant of $25,000-50,000 to make a significant difference.

Send LOI’s electronically to and please remember to insert your organization’s name and EIN  in the Subject line.

FM Kirby Foundation
Deadline:  October 31, 2021

F.M. Kirby Foundation, begun by one of the founders of F.W. Woolworth, is a family foundation that makes grants primarily in geographic areas and to qualified nonprofit organizations with which the five generations of the family have associations.
Areas of interest include: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services, Public Benefit, and Religion – specifically Episcopal.
Successful new applicants tend to be organizations already well known to one or more of the directors of the foundation, or other members of the family.
Unsolicited requests should be made in the form of a Letter of Inquiry. The foundation has no required application format, but looks for information on an organization’s current activities, grant amount requested, purpose, current directors, current annual budget and financial statements, and proof of tax-exempt status. All grant inquiries and requests must be mailed to the contact address.
Solicitations are accepted throughout the year. Requests received after October 31st will be held for consideration the following year.

COVID-19 Emergency Response grants

Several local funders have either created new, emergency funds, or have re-directed current grants to address immediate needs.  We will update this list as new sources are available.

Foundation Directory Online (free online grants search)

GrantsSpace Informational list (general list of numerous grant resources)


Barra Foundation

Dunkin’Joy Covid-19 Emergency Grants

Foundations Community Partnership

MontCoPA Covid-19 Response Fund

Provident Bank Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Response grants

United Way of Bucks County Covid-19 Recovery Fund

COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL