Here are some things you need to know and links to relevant details.
We only fund organizations that align with our funding priorities. Learn more by visiting our Funding Focus page.
We provide general operating support and some funding for projects. There are some specific kinds of requests we do not fund. See funding guidelines below.
Organizations who focus on the City of Philadelphia and have (1) a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation or (2) a not-for-profit mission and use a fiscal sponsor or national office.
Our application process has two stages. The first stage is a funding inquiry. If invited to participate, the second stage is a proposal.
Grant applications or cycles will not reopen in 2023. See grant deadlines to learn about our transition year.
The ideal proposal focuses on the City of Philadelphia and addresses positive social change in one or more of Fels Fund’s areas of focus and works at a policy or grassroots level, involving the community members it seeks to assist. Both general operating and project-specific requests will be considered.
The Fels Fund accepts requests only from organizations that are designated tax-exempt 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Code. In certain cases, the Fels Fund will also accept requests from organizations that have a not-for-profit mission who have a fiscal sponsor or national office. We prefer that local offices of national organizations have a local Advisory Board.
Fels Fund will not accept new applications or reopen grant cycles in 2023. Read more about our transition year here.
The Fels Fund does not make grants for major programs of large institutions, capital and equipment, endowment and the routine or direct services of social service agencies. Individual daycare, after school programs and computer centers cannot be accommodated. As a general rule, we do not fund: