Philadelphia Young Playwright's Library Residency, which received grant from the Mayor's Fund in its 2018 cycle.
Philadelphia Young Playwright's Library Residency, which received grant from the Mayor's Fund in its 2018 cycle.

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia (the “Fund”) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2019 grant cycle, welcoming all Philadelphia charitable organizations, projects sponsored by charitable fiscal sponsors, and City departments and agencies to apply.

The Fund has a total budget of $220,000 to distribute for this grant cycle. Most grant awards will range from $2,500 to $15,000, and applicants may request up to $25,000.

This year, the Fund is taking a topical approach to its giving, and seeks proposals addressing the following four areas of need. These priorities were selected by Mayor Jim Kenney as critical to improving the quality of life for all Philadelphians.

For its 2019 grant cycle, the Fund’s grantmaking will focus on the following areas:

  • Opioid crisis: Philadelphia is facing its greatest public health crisis in a century. The human costs of the opioid crisis are staggering; nearly every neighborhood is experiencing the effects of the epidemic of opioid use and overdose, from unsafe conditions where our residents live and work, to skyrocketing rates of homelessness and increased criminal activity. The Fund will support proposals that align with the City’s efforts to strengthen prevention and education, expand access to treatment, and prevent overdose.
  • Homelessness: Each year, approximately 15,000 people access Philadelphia’s homeless services after finding themselves without a place to stay at night, and thousands more are at risk of homelessness. The Fund seeks applications that align with the City’s goal to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Philadelphia.
  • Gun violence:  Philadelphia’s 351 homicides and 1,403 shootings in 2018—the most in the last decade—represent an alarmingly increasing trend in gun violence in our city. The volume and impact of gun violence is so severe that Philadelphia is now in the midst of a public health crisis. The Fund will support proposals which align with the City’s gun violence prevention strategies and community supports.
  • K-12 Education: Philadelphia has over 200,000 students in district, charter, and alternative schools. The Fund seeks to support educational opportunities and outcomes for all of Philadelphia’s children. The Mayor’s Fund will consider proposals directly demonstrating an impact in K through 12 education. 

Timeline

The Fund has implemented an initial online submission form/Letter of Inquiry for the 2019 grantmaking round. Following a review of all initial submissions, a select group of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals for consideration. See below for deadlines related to the funding opportunity. 

Grant Guidelines and How to Apply

Please note that there are separate grant guidelines and separate submission forms for charitable organizations and City of Philadelphia municipal applicants.

If you are a charitable organization with 501(c)(3) status or a project sponsored by a charitable fiscal sponsor, please review the following grant guidelines and use the below submission form.

If you are a City of Philadelphia Department or agency, please review the following grant guidelines and use the below submission form.

If you are a City of Philadelphia Department or agency seeking information about the Innovation Fund, please click here: 2019 Innovation Fund Grant Cycle 

Please direct any questions or issues to Emily Gowen, Deputy Director, at emily.gowen@phila.gov.