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Money moves: More than $13M has been awarded to local nonprofits in the past few months

August 17, 2021 Category: FeaturedFundingLong

1. The National Endowment for the Humanities just awarded over $300K to four humanities projects at three Philadelphia orgs.

Yesterday, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced the awardees of a recent round of grants supporting vital research, education, preservation, digital, and public programs across the nation. Four of the peer-reviewed grants were awarded to Philadelphia nonprofits:

  • Girard College Foundation, for a project involving the purchase of archival materials to protect papers documenting the life of Stephen Girard (1750–1831), an American immigrant who made immense fortunes in shipping, banking, and real estate. At his death Girard left his vast fortune to Girard College to educate “poor, white, orphan, boys.” Collections include bound and unbound manuscripts, and Girard’s letter books, ledgers, receipt books, ships’ logs, and other records. The school history collection begins with Girard’s death in 1831 and continues to the present.
  • University of the Arts, for a project involving the creation of a preservation plan for the University of the Arts library’s archival holdings preserving nearly 150 years of arts education history. The diverse archival holdings of manuscripts, photographs, digital files, audio/visual materials, event posters, exhibition catalogs, regalia, and scrapbooks reflect the history of art and art pedagogies in Philadelphia from the late nineteenth century to the present.
  • University of Pennsylvania received funding for two projects:
    • Prototyping of an autonomous robot that will utilize Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to search for historically and archaeologically significant artifacts and sites.
    • Implementation of a reinstallation of a permanent exhibition on the art and artifacts of ancient Eastern Mediterranean cultures and peoples from the Late Bronze Age (1,500 BCE) to the Roman Period (1,000 CE).

2. Independence Public Media Foundation recently awarded 75 grants totalling $4M.

On August 11, the Independence Public Media Foundation (IPMF) announced grants totaling $4 million to awarded to community media-makers, journalism, film and digital
equity projects. $2.3 million was awarded to 47 organizations through its Community Voices Fund open call and another $1 million went to 18 organizations through its Digital
Equity Fund open call. In addition, IPMF awarded early $750,000 in continued support for key IPMF partners.

From our Partners

Community Voices Fund awardees

  • Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
  • Amistad Law Project
  • Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia
  • Centro de Cultura, Arte, Trabajo y Educación
  • Chalkbeat Philadelphia
  • Coatesville Youth Media Project
  • The Command Center to Bring Women Home [formerly Life Beyond Life]
    Directed by Madeline Hunt + Wren Rene
  • Communitas Arts + Culture, LLC
  • Cultural Justice Project
  • Delaware Community Foundation
  • Girls Rock Philly
  • Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Journal
  • FunTimes Magazine
  • Heaux History Project
  • Impacto
  • Indigenously
  • In Love, In Memory
    Directed by Shalon Buskirk & Drew Swedberg
  • Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting
  • The Invisible Universe Foundation: R3 Web Series
    Directed by M. Asli Dukan
    Directed by Impulse Media
  • Making Worlds Bookstore and Social Center
  • Manifestando Tus Sueños (Manifesting Your Dreams)
  • Montclair State University Foundation
  • Norristown Men of Excellence
  • One Art Community Center & Magi Studios
  • One Magenta Afternoon
    Directed by Vernon Jordan III
  • PA Youth Vote
  • Pardon Video
    Directed by Shuja Moore
  • Pennsylvania Prison Society
  • Philadelphia Bail Fund
  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
  • Philadelphia Student Union
  • Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative
  • Philly Audio Diaries
  • Philly TCB School of Organizing
    Directed by Louis Massiah
  • Photography Without Borders
  • Shot and Forgotten
    Directed by El Sawyer and Glenn Holsten
  • Smile4Kime
    Directed by Elena Guzman
  • South Asian American Digital Archive
  • Student Filmmaker Fund – Scribe Video Center
  • Termite TV Collective
  • Tiny WPA
  • UNTITLED: Prisoners Film
    Directed by Nehad Khader
  • We Are the Seeds
  • The Welcome Project PA
  • WURD Radio
  • Yalla Punk

Digital Equity Fund awardees

  • African Family Health Organization
  • Beyond the Bars
  • Coalition of African Communities
  • Coded by Kids
  • Community Center at Visitation
  • The Equity Project
  • Generations on Line
  • Madre Tierra
  • The NERDiT Foundation
  • Norris Square Community Alliance
  • The Organizing Center
  • Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance
  • Philadelphia Red Umbrella Alliance
  • Philly Community Wireless
  • Philly Thrive
  • Sisters Returning Home
  • Technology Learning Collaborative
  • The Welcoming Center

3. Patricia Kind Family Foundation awarded $760K in grants to 32 Black-led organizations in Philadelphia.

At the end of June, the Patricia Kind Family Foundation (PKFF) announced that 32 Black-led organizations in Philadelphia had been selected to receive a total of $760,000 in one-year grants, most of them $25,000 general operating support grants. This was part of a new grant cycle specifically for Black-led organizations, and the Foundation made an effort to reach out to smaller Black-led nonprofits organizations that may not have previously known of PKFF.

The awardees are:

  • Agape African Senior Center
  • Amistad Law Project
  • Beyond the Bars
  • Black Brain Campaign
  • Chapman Foundation
  • City Athletics Community Partners
  • Collective Climb
  • Dimplez 4 Dayz
  • Education Culture Opportunities Foundation
  • EMIR Healing Center
  • I’m FREE — Females Reentering Empowering Each Other, Inc.
  • Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Business Association CDC
  • Lil Filmmakers Inc.
  • Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia
  • Neighborhood United Against Drugs
  • No-Mo, Inc.
  • Overbrook West Neighbors
  • Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance
  • Philadelphia Bail Fund
  • Philadelphia Community Bail Fund
  • Philly Children’s Movement
  • Spiral Q Puppet Theater
  • The Business Center
  • The Evoluer House
  • Tioga United, Inc.
  • Unity in the Community
  • UrbEd, Inc.
  • we REIGN, Inc.
  • Womanist Working Collective
  • Women of Faith and Hope
  • Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program
  • Youth United for Change

4. American Heart Association awarded $430K to four orgs to address health inequities.

Also at the end of June, The American Heart Association (AHA) announced that four North Philadelphia organizations will receive $430,000 in funding from the Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund to sustainably address health equity in the Nicetown-Tioga, Sharswood-Stanton and Strawberry Mansion neighborhoods.

The awardees are:

  • Maternity Care Coalition, a nonprofit that improves the health and well-being of pregnant women, parenting families and young children in neighborhoods affected by poverty and maternal and infant morbidity/mortality. Funds will help increase incomes and create meaningful career opportunities for up to 40 un/underemployed North Philadelphians and expand access to culturally connected perinatal care in North Philadelphia, contributing to improved maternal health outcomes.
  • Oshun Family Center, a Black woman-led mental health organization that provides racially concordant care to people struggling to cope with life transitions. Oshun provides therapy to individuals, families and groups to address the full range of mental health conditions, with specific expertise in perinatal anxiety disorders and racial trauma. Funds will support the expansion of mental health services to over 120 Black Philadelphians, with the potential to reduce the symptoms contributing to Black maternal mortality.
  • Ride Health, an immigrant-founded, for-profit transportation platform that contracts directly with health systems, health plans and healthcare organizations to provide a variety of non-emergency transportation services to get patients to and from appointments. In North Philadelphia, a lack of transportation is a major barrier to health services. Funds will support the expansion of Ride Health’s non-emergency transportation services to thousands of high-risk, low-income patients in North Philadelphia.
  • Viora Health, an immigrant and woman-led, health tech start-up, that engages under-resourced populations to improve their health management at home by mitigating social determinants of health through their patient-facing mobile/text-based solution that creates a personalized program and support resulting in an improved health experience for patients and cost reduction for health plans, health systems and employers.

5. The William Penn Foundation awarded more than $8M in grants to 90 nonprofits through its Family Recovery Fund.

In June, the William Penn Foundation announced that it was awarding 90 grants totaling more than $8 million to support nonprofit organizations focused on providing access to healthy food, support for families to stay in their homes, and enhanced K-12 learning opportunities.

“Through this process, we sought to place greater emphasis on organizations that reflect and engage the communities they serve,” Janet Haas, board chair of the Foundation said in the announcement. Many of the awardees, Haas added, are first time grantees of the Foundation.

The awardees are:

Food Access

  • A Little Taste of Everything/Mill Creek Farm
  • Bebashi – Transition to Hope
  • Broad Street Ministry
  • Center in the Park
  • CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia/Get Fresh Daily
  • Education, Culture, Opportunities Foundation
  • Einstein Medical Center
  •  Jewish Relief Agency
  • Kiths Integrated and Targeted Human Services
  • Norris Square Neighborhood Project
  • Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association
  • Puentes de Salud
  • Rebel Ventures
  • The U School
  • Uplift Solutions
  • Urban Affairs Coalition/VietLEAD
  • Urban Creators
  • Urban Tree Connection
  • Visitation Community Outreach Foundation/Community Center at Visitation
  • Women in Dialogue
  • Youth Empowerment Advancement Hangout

Support for Families to Remain in their Homes

  • Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania
  • Campaign for Working Families
  • Coalition of African Communities
  • Community Legal Services
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc
  • Esperanza Health Center
  • Fund for Philadelphia
  • New Kensington Community Development Corporation
  • Pennsylvania Community Real Estate Corporation/Tenant Union Representative Network
  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
  • SeniorLAW Center
  • Urban League of Philadelphia
  • UESF
  • Women’s Community Revitalization Project

K-12 Learning Opportunities

  • Barnes Foundation
  • Center for Black Educator Development
  • Children’s Mission, Inc.
  • Community Partnership School
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc
  • Education Works
  • Greene Street Friends/Horizons
  • Indochinese American Council
  • Jubilee School
  • LOGAN Hope School
  • Math Corps
  • Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
  • Philadelphia Education Fund
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • Philadelphia Youth Basketball
  • Philadelphia Youth Network
  • Providence Center
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth
  • Read to Succeed Philadelphia
  • Smith Memorial Playground
  • Springboard Collaborative
  • Steppingstone Scholars
  • Tacony Community Development Corporation
  • To Our Children’s Future with Health
  • Urban League of Philadelphia
  • University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Grants made to the following organizations match the support of funders in the region

  • Action Wellness
  • Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
  • Asian Americans United
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, Inc.
  • Bread & Roses Community Fund/Trans Resilience Fund
  • Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia
  • Ceiba, Inc.
  • CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia/Asian Mosaic Fund
  • CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia/Caribbean Community in Philadelphia
  • Drueding Center
  • HIAS Pennsylvania
  • Independence Mission Schools
  • Juntos
  • Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Pennsylvania
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance/Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Nationalities Service Center of Philadelphia
  • New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition
  • People’s Emergency Center
  • Philabundance
  • Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders
  • Scattergood Foundation/Policy Meets Practice
  • Reinvestment Fund/Philadelphia Child Nutrition Fund
  • Uplift Center for Grieving Children
  • Valley Youth House
  • Women Against Abuse
  • Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project



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