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Detwiler Family Foundation
Deadline:  July 1, 2021

The Detwiler Family Foundation is accepting applications from organizations based in the greater Philadelphia area or Portland, Oregon, that are dedicated to enriching and improving the lives of children in that community. Specifically, the foundation aims to serve children dealing with significant life challenges by providing them with greater access to education and the arts.
Funds will be awarded to organizations that can demonstrate an impact on children dealing with challenges in the areas of health, welfare, security, and financial hardship. Organizations may apply for grants for specific projects, or for funds to match a current or ongoing fundraising campaign.
To be eligible, organizations must be located in either Chester and/or Montgomery county Pennsylvania, northern Delaware, or in Portland, Oregon. Grants will only be awarded to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply.

Bucks County Foundation
Deadline: July 15, 2021

The Bucks County Foundation awards grants from their unrestricted funds bi-annually. Applicants must be tax-exempt, non-profit organizations, serving Bucks County and its residents. Grants are made only for non-sectarian purposes. Organizations with budgets less than $500,000 may apply for an operating grant or a program grant. Organizations with budgets of $500,000 or more must apply for a program grant. Site visits will be made.
The Foundation does not fund the following:
a. Deficit financing/debt reduction
b. Political activities
c. Advertising publications
d. Religion
e. Umbrella funding organizations/pass-through organizations
f. Research
Visits to the Foundation are STRONGLY discouraged. Applications should be received in the Foundation office no later than January 15th or July 15th for the Spring or Fall cycles.

Truist Foundation
July 31, 2021

Truist (formed by the merger of SunTrust and BB&T) has established the Truist Foundation and makes grants in the following interest areas:
Leadership Development
Invest in mentorship, growth opportunities and development programs to build servant leaders who create positive change.
Focus areas:
  • Nonprofit leadership development
  • Educator professional development
  • Innovative technology
Economic Mobility
Provide a foundation for people to gain upward economic mobility and access to quality jobs that provide living wages. Unite individuals and community leaders to break the cycle of poverty and create a growth economy.
Focus areas:
  • Financial education
  • Financial counseling
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Workforce development
  • Student financial management
Thriving Communities
Invest in bold solutions that provide access to the resources everyone needs to thrive. Transform underserved neighborhoods into resilient ones.
Focus areas:
  • Housing
  • Economic development
  • Program-related investments
  • Community revitalization
  • Comprehensive city investments
Educational Equity
Remove obstacles to affordable secondary and postsecondary education. Develop and support lifelong learning platforms to reduce literacy gaps and poverty.
Focus areas:
  • Early learning
  • College preparedness
  • Educational access
The Foundation supports one-time needs that are sustainable and don’t commit funds to recurring expenditures. Examples include funding for a new program launch, a curriculum to expand or strengthen a program, equipment to deliver a program and capital needs.
Capital campaign requests may be considered (1) if the purpose of the campaign aligns with the Foundation’s priorities and (2) when the campaign is 60% complete toward its fundraising goal (including pledges), showing the campaign’s viability and community support.
March 31, July 31, and November 30

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.

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