Foundation / Corporation
William Penn Foundation
Grants to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey organizations for projects that improve and increase access to public spaces and parks, especially in low or moderate income communities. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for parks, libraries, recreation centers, trails, waterways, community gardens, community centers, plazas, and play areas.
The Foundation believes that great public spaces strengthen communities. They are places in which we spend time with family, friends, and neighbors. They can also promote health through physical activity, help children learn through play, enhance appreciation of the natural environment, and offer platforms for cultural expression.
The Foundation seeks to fund public space efforts that value:
- Enriching Experiences: members of the public, especially children and elders, experience the space in ways that promote wellbeing and joy.
- Meaningful Community and Stakeholder Involvement: local knowledge, expertise, and interests are respected through engagement, partnership, and co-creation.
- Inclusion: public spaces strive for social and racial inclusivity, e.g., through age-friendly design, multi-lingual communication, culturally-relevant programming, transportation access, and marketing.
- Civic and Natural Context: public spaces reflect their local community and/or natural context, e.g., through public art, ecological restoration, or other connections to area histories.
- Quality Design and Materials: quality design and materials contribute to positive community identity, ensure durability and longevity, and contribute to environmental sustainability.
- Resilience: stewardship and maintenance are priorities, not afterthoughts.
What The Foundation Funds:
- Public space initiatives which directly serve low or moderate income communities or which serve citywide populations and are of significant civic importance to Philadelphia or Camden.
- Initiatives that seek to strengthen the local public space sector, e.g., network building, peer-learning, communications, and other efforts focused on system and sector-wide impact.
- Meaningful community engagement and community partnership development.
- Capital projects, including: design, materials, and construction.
- Pilots or proof-of-concept efforts, including those related to programming or the development of a new revenue source.
- Efforts that seek to remove barriers to equitable access, such as transportation network and connectivity enhancements, language access, communications, or marketing.
- Research, planning, and evaluation.
- One-time organizational capacity-building for public space stewards in the form of: Strategic or business planning, organizational restructuring, alliance or merger facilitation, training, professional development, and key staff recruitment.
- Public space efforts that also advance the Foundation’s Arts and Culture, Watershed Protection, and Great Learning strategies are desirable, though not required.
The Foundation typically provides funding for projects rather than general operating support. However, direct costs can include funding for staff, materials, and other organizational costs associated with the project, and the Foundation encourages organizations to include funding to support related indirect costs or overhead in the project budget.
GrantWatch ID#: 179166
The size of a grant from the Foundation depends on the nature of the proposed work and the need of a particular project.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Cara Ferrentino, Program Officer, Public Space
Tamika Holman, Associate, Grants Management
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USA: New Jersey: Camden; Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
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