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Hamilton Family Charitable Trust Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania and New Jersey Nonprofits
for K-12 Literacy Programming in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Hamilton Family Charitable Trust

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 Midnight


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Grants to Pennsylvania and New Jersey nonprofits to promote literacy for underserved K-12 youth in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Camden. Funding may be used to support after-school, summer, and in-school literacy enrichment programs.

The fund generally fund programs whose recipients of direct services are generally in economically underserved areas—more than 70 percent of all participants in the organization’s groups or classes should be eligible for free or reduced-rate lunch in schools.

For potential grantees serving students earlier grades (pre-K–8), the Trust gives preference to programs that devote at least 70 percent of their time directly to instruction and activities in reading and writing. In high school grades (9–12), the Trust seeks to fund organizations that provide innovative approaches to students in underserved areas for success in higher education, from the college admission process and acceptance through to completion. The Trust also funds job skills training with a proven record of successful workforce placement.

The Trust seeks primarily to fund data-driven literacy-based programs, focused on developing robust reading and writing skills, with a strong history of success. These can be programs that:
- Take place during school hours, after school, or during the summer
- Take place across school systems, but the funding can support only nonsectarian programming, including within a religious institution

First-time grants are generally designated for program support. HFF grants to continuing partners are generally made for programmatic or operational support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180394

Estimated Size of Grant:

First-time grants generally range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants: requests must be approved in advance by the Trust Office.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Applicants must provide documentation verifying tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. For an organization that is part of a larger group, such as a religious affiliate, the ruling organization’s 501(c)(3) letter will suffice. A budget is required for the project as well as the organization’s operating budget overall. Applicants with budgets over $100,000 must provide financial statements that have been prepared or audited by a CPA.
- The Trust funds projects serving children and youth in Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, and Camden counties.

College programs are not funded.

The Trust does not provide funding for:
- Organizations outside of the counties of Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, and Camden (unless invited by a board member or the Trust’s executive director)
- Individuals
- Projects that involve: human services or capital
- Endowment funds
- Other foundations or family trusts
- Programs focusing on/serving: school assembly, religious education, or college or university students
- Entry fees for museums or other cultural institutions
- Projects with unpaid teaching artists
- Political candidates, parties, or PACs
- Debt-reduction programs
- Pilot programs

Pre-Application Information:

The Trust meets four times a year to consider grant requests. Application deadlines are at midnight on the following dates:

Application deadlines:
- September 1, 2018
- December 1, 2018
- February 1, 2019
- August 1, 2019

Board meetings:
- January 2019
- April 2019
- June 2019
- November 2019

The Trust generally notifies each applicant within 48 hours of each board meeting.

All deadlines are firm. Proposals submitted after their respective deadlines will automatically be considered in the next quarter.

An organization may only apply to the Trust once per year.

The Trust may request that an organization which has received funding for three continuous years (or more) delays any further applications for support for a year (or more), to expand opportunities for other potential grantees.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

Amy Benjamin, Grants Manager
(610) 293-2225

The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
200 Eagle Road
Suite 308
Wayne, PA 19087

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Camden;   Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester