We are deeply curious about the challenges facing Philadelphia’s children and the organizations that serve them. The Lenfest Foundation joins providers in co-creating solutions that meet our children’s needs and prepares them to thrive in the future.
Grant proposals are developed through a collaborative process between our staff and potential applicants, then reviewed by the Lenfest Board of Directors three times a year. All applications must be submitted by July 1 or January 1 and will be considered for funding throughout the year.
The application process is designed as a way for the foundation to understand your organization and observe your practice, and to determine whether they align with our funding priorities. A typical application goes through the following process:
The organization submits an inquiry to the foundation via the form located here. A foundation representative reviews the inquiry for alignment and responds directly to the contact person about next steps. NOTE: E-mail inquiries will not be accepted.
The foundation initiates a phone conversation to learn more about the organization, its relevant programming, and its internal strengths and weaknesses.
If the organization and program align with our priority areas, a foundation representative visits, observes current program activities, and determines whether an invitation to submit a proposal will be issued.
If invited to proceed to this stage, the organization is asked to draft an investment proposal and project plan. A foundation representative works directly with the applicant to prepare a final proposal.
The Lenfest Board of Directors reviews proposals up to four times a year.
A decision is communicated within two days of the Board meeting. The Foundation then finalizes a detailed grant agreement that includes performance metrics and a reporting schedule.
Grant proposals are developed through a collaborative process between our staff and potential applicants. Final proposals are reviewed by the Lenfest Board of Directors three times a year. All completed applications must be submitted by July 1 or January 1 and will be considered for funding throughout the year.