Grant Center Overview

In Philadelphia, where 82 percent of public school students are economically disadvantaged, too many students leave school without the skills and core competencies necessary for continued education and gainful employment. The achievement gap is apparent in Philadelphia’s public elementary schools, where more than half of our 3rd graders were not reading at grade level in 2013. As the most important instrument of social mobility and economic opportunity, our schools must do a better job of preparing economically disadvantaged students for later success.

The Foundation seeks to increase the number of children from low-income families who perform at grade level and who are prepared for success in college or career. Our commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities spans from early childhood through secondary education. We seek to support initiatives with solid evidence of success, a plan for sustainability of efforts and improvements, and a demonstrable track record of meaningful partnerships.

Follow the links below to view program guidelines for each strategy:

Increase the Availability of Early Care and Education
  • Increase the number of economically disadvantaged children in high-quality early care and education.
  • Invest in the development of a workforce that provides high-quality care.

Invest in K–12 Education
  • Increase the number of economically disadvantaged students who receive a high-quality education.
  • Increase the number of talented and skilled teachers, principals, and other school leaders.

In each of these grant categories, we are also interested in opportunities to support initiatives that are transformational to an organization’s future or projects that advance innovations in education.

Prospective grantees are welcome to submit proposals to more than one strategy.