Grant Guidelines


Application Due Dates

Online application opens 30 days before due date.

March 1st

September 30th

Funding Priorities


Beginning with our Fall 2018 Grant Cycle, the Union Benevolent Association will make grants to organizations that meet basic needs to alleviate the burden of poverty for vulnerable residents of Philadelphia. Basic needs are defined as food, shelter, clothing and other necessities including but not limited to:

  • Assistance in obtaining identification documents such as birth certificates and State Photo ID;

  • The provision of post office boxes for those who lack an address;

  • Hygiene products and other toiletries;

  • Utilities such as heat;

  • Essential human services.


Priority will be given to organizations with operating budgets below $1 million. However, larger organizations that address our funding priorities and can demonstrate the impact of grant funds will be considered.


Types of Grants

General GrantsUBA grant awards are unrestricted. Nonetheless, grants are awarded based on the organization's success in implementing specific programs which demonstrably contribute to alleviating poverty in Philadelphia. Applicants are expected to identify specific metrics by which their performance can be evaluated and report that performance to UBA.

Grant ranges $500 – $10,000.


Targeted Grants: UBA may occasionally provide Focused Support when a timely response to exceptional circumstances can be particularly beneficial to poor and disadvantaged residents of Philadelphia. The application process for these targeted $20,000 grants is by invitation only.



Organizations may only receive one grant per calendar year.

Organizations that receive grants two years in a row must wait a year before applying again.


The Union Benevolent Association:

  • Only makes grants to nonprofit organizations recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Small, new and/or grassroots efforts may be eligible if they partner with a recognized 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal sponsor

  • Only makes grants to organizations that serve people within Philadelphia

  • Does not make grants to individuals

  • Does not make grants to support capital renovations, major building campaigns or endowments


Please direct any questions to UBA’s Administrator:

Lisa Dugan at


The Union Benevolent Association provides equal opportunity access to its programs without regard to race, gender, disability, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital or partner status, veteran status, disability, HIV/AIDS status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, height, weight, or political beliefs.


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Application Instructions


The application will be open beginning August 31. If you are logging in for the first time, you will be asked to create an account. Once you create an account and a password, you will be able to log in using your email address and the password you created.


After you log in, to apply for a grant, click on “Apply”.


During the application process, you may need to scan in and upload certain documents. If you do not have a scanner, please use the “Fax to File” tool. Click on “Fax to File” and instructions will be provided.


If you need help navigating our new system, check out this short video tutorial.

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