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Don’t delay! These 11 opportunities for grants (and more) deadline from late January to early March

January 27, 2021 Category: FeaturedFundingLong
We’ve collected listings for grants, prizes, paid internships and other opportunities for both individuals and organizations.

These range from a call for proposals for public artworks to several unrestricted, general operating support grants for organizations meeting certain criteria. Most of the applications are due in February, but one opportunity — for high school students — deadlines this Friday.

Good luck!

Deadline: January 29

Bank of America Student Leader program

Paid internships


Every year 300 civic-minded high school juniors and seniors nationwide are selected to participate in the Student Leaders program, which provides paid summer internships at local nonprofits. The 2021 application is open now though January 29.

Deadline: February 1

The Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men

$5,000 to $10,00 tuition scholarships


Established in 1994 at the Bread and Roses Community Fund by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain additional education; to aspire to positions in which they contribute to society; to be out about their sexual orientation; and to act as role models for other gay men with similar potential.

Tuition scholarships are awarded in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 to gay men who live in the five-county Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) and Camden County, who are matriculated in a degree program at an accredited college, graduate, or professional school anywhere, or to men attending such schools within the Philadelphia region. For more questions, please contact

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Deadline: February 11

Percent for Art opportunity

$103,000 project budget


The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy  encourages local artists to apply for a $103,000 Percent for Art opportunity for Mann Rivera Renovation Project. This is a public art opportunity for the exterior perimeter wall of the Mann Rivera Center along Allegheny Avenue and 5th Street. The art could include a mosaic installation, mural, or other sculptural elements.

Artists who live or work in the local community around Mann Rivera will be prioritized for this opportunity, but any artist may apply. Priority will be given to artists who propose to work in collaboration with community members. More information here.

Deadline: February 14

Bartol 2021 Teaching Artist Micro-grants

$500 grants


In 2021 Bartol Foundation will make Teaching Artist Micro-Grant awards of $500 to help teaching artists complete community-based arts education projects that are underway and/or to support their own professional development during the Coronavirus pandemic and uprisings against systemic racism.

Find more information and registration for one of the information sessions here.

Deadline: February 16

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funding for Equity-Focused Policy Research

$50,000 to $200,000 grants


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a call for proposals for its Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Cross-Cutting Evidence on Supports for Families with Young Children initiative.

The Equity-Focused Policy Research (EFPR) grant program seeks to fund a body of research that illuminates strategies and policies that will enhance families’ equitable access to key resources related to supporting their children’s healthy development. EFPR grants are guided by a research agenda that focuses on: 1) understanding the sources of inequities in families’ access to and use of key resources; 2) identifying and testing innovations to advance equity; and 3) strategies for scaling up policies and approaches that are effective in advancing equity.

RWJF expects to make up to 20 awards through this funding opportunity, with awards ranging between $50,000 and $200,000. Eligible applicant organizations include academic institutions, public entities and private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations. Brief proposals submitted by February 16 will be reviewed and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by May 11.

Visit the RWJF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Deadline: February 19

SEAMAAC Civic Engagement Subgrants

$5,000 to $20,000 subgrants per election cycle


“We saw record AAPI voter turnout during the 2020 general election but there is still so much work ahead of us. SEAMAAC invites organizations to apply for 2021 subgrants to conduct nonpartisan civic engagement work serving AAPI communities. We are looking for nonprofit organizations in the state of Pennsylvania that serve marginalized communities and want to use this funding to increase political power in AAPI communities.”

More information and applications can be accessed via SEAMAAC’s website.

Deadline: February 26

The Giving Circle Of  The Philadelphia Chapter of The Transition Network grants

$25,000 grants


The Giving Circle of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Transition Network — a Philadelphia Foundation Donor Advised Fund — is now accepting grant applications from Philadelphia nonprofit organizations serving the needs of women and or children/youth in Philadelphia. TTN will award two grants this year, each $25,000.

For the first time, the TTN Giving Circle grant will be unrestricted and may be used for general operating support to advance the well-being of women and/or children/youth in Philadelphia.

Applicant organizations must be located in Philadelphia and have a 501(c)(3) public charity exempt status from the IRS. The organization must have been in existence for at least three years and have a general operating budget of $2 million or less. Download the application with cover sheet here.

Deadline: February 28

Mural Arts Philadelphia Fellowship for Black Artists

$2,000 fellowships


This Fellowship is designed to fund, foster, and elevate the important work of Black artists. Designed as an annual initiative, the Fellowship provides funding and opens doors for the selected artists. Applications for the Philadelphia Fellowship for Black Artists will open February 8 – February 28.

The 2021 Fellowship, sponsored by TD Bank, offers 20 artists $2,000 each to support their craft. These artists are also given the opportunity to receive consultative sessions with experienced curators who can offer guidance on building powerful portfolios, marketing their work, and networking with fellow creatives from Philadelphia and beyond. Winners will be selected and notified this spring. Applications are simple to complete, and can be found, along with more information on the program, at beginning February 8.

March 1

Leeway Foundation Art and Change grants

$2,500 grants


ACG provides grants of up to $2,500 to fund art for social change projects by women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia. The grants are project-based and open to artists and cultural producers working in any medium, including traditional and nontraditional as well as multimedia and experimental forms.

Applications are accepted via hardcopy or online and are reviewed by a panel of community based artists and cultural producers. See more information here.

*Leeway is a trans-affirming organization committed to gender self-determination, and uses the term “trans” in its most inclusive sense, as an umbrella term encompassing transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, Two-Spirit people, and anyone whose gender identity or gender expression is nonconforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth.

Deadline: March 1

Greater Philadelphia Film Office Nina Lo Presti prize

$5,000 award


The Greater Philadelphia Film Office announced recently that it will present a new $5,000 annual award to one female screenwriter for the best feature length screenplay or TV pilot as part of the “Set in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Competition. Entrants must be over the age of 18 and must have ties to the Greater Philadelphia Region.

A panel of film industry judges will review entries and those with the following criteria will be given strongest consideration:

  • Works which focus on strong female protagonists or female heroine which demonstrates moral integrity and civility;
  • Works which focus on family, especially the relationship between mother and child;
  • Works which focus on romance;
  • Works which focus on detective or mystery genre.

The prize is open to the first 25 submissions that meet the criteria and are submitted by March 1. Eligible scripts previously submitted to SIP 2020 will be considered.

More information about this and additional “Set in Philadelphia’ prizes here.

Deadline: March 5

Resist Social Justice grants

$4,000 grants


Resist redistributes resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their efforts to build a better world. The organization is inviting applications from grassroots organizations led by individuals from groups most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression that are working to advance justice and liberation. Two types of grants will be awarded through this call:

General Support: Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to support groups that are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making, and resilience building.

Accessibility: Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded for work that specifically allows a group’s work to be more accessible to community members with specific accessibility needs.

To be eligible, applicants must have an organizational budget under $150,000 a year, be based in the United States, and be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency, or be sponsored by a previously listed entity.

See the complete RFP here.


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