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Grant Guidelines

 

Funding Priorities

 

 

Since 1831, UBA has supported organizations that assist and enrich the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged Philadelphians. After a year of surveying nonprofit organizations in UBA’s community, engaging with other funders undergoing strategic planning, gathering insights and data from local leaders about high-need areas in Philadelphia, and meeting with previous grantees in these areas, UBA has developed a new strategy and set of principles to focus its work and impact.

 

UBA’s core principles that define our giving; 

  • We support work that improves the quality of life of individuals

  • We support organizations that are led by the people in the communities 

  • We support the organizations that work beyond direct services - advocacy, capacity, and mobilization


With these principles in mind, UBA is relaunching its grant priorities with a community place-based strategy. This strategy will include three-year general operating funding in the Fall of 2024 with the next Fall cycle opening in the Fall of 2027, annual direct-service grants to the same community in the spring of each year, and resource support to organizations in that community.


 

2024 FUNDING FOCUS

UBA’s current funding priority will focus on Southwest Philadelphia. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

Nonprofits that are eligible to apply are those that: 

  • are located in and are serving Southwest Philadelphia (19142,19143, 19153),

  • have an operating budget under 2 million,

  • and support basic needs while implementing advocacy efforts.

 

TIMELINE

  • UBA’s Fall 2024 funding cycle is open the week of  July 15th and will close September 6th 2024.

  • Site visits may be conducted in October.

  • Grants will be distributed by December 2024.

If you have accessibility needs, please contact Monique Curry-Mims, Executive Director at monique@ubaphilly.org.

 

IS THERE A MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM REQUEST AMOUNT?

UBA’s Fall 2024 funding cycle will provide three-year general operating grants up to $75,000 per year. Grant requests must not exceed 50% of your current operating budget. Once grants are made in 2024, the next grant cycle will open in 2027.

 

HOW MANY GRANTEE PARTNERS WILL BE IN THE COHORT?

We are unable to anticipate how many grantee partners will be in the cohort.  The grant budget is $250,000 per year and includes fall general operating grants, capacity-building support, and spring direct-service grants.

 

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR RESOURCE SUPPORT?

There is no application, UBA will work with nonprofits, partners, and internal team members to provide in-kind and nonmonetary support through workshops, guidance, and support to organizations to have a greater impact in that community.


 

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THE SPRING DIRECT-SERVICE GRANTS?* 

Grants will open in the Spring of each year providing funding for basic needs support - 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.

*Please note fall grant recipients will not be eligible for spring direct-service grants


 

CAN I MEET WITH FOUNDATION STAFF TO DISCUSS MY ORGANIZATION/PROJECT?

If you have questions about organizational fit, UBA will conduct info sessions to review the application and answer any questions. 

Sessions will be held

Thursday, July 25th at 5:30 pm via Zoom

Tuesday, August 6th at 12:00 pm via Zoom,

and August 10th or 24th, TBD in person.

Register to attend a session

Application Instructions

To create a new account you will need to provide your email address and a password. Once logged in, select “Apply,” to complete the application process.

During the application process you will need to scan and/or upload documentation. The “Fax to File” tool functions as a scanner. Select it and follow the instructions.

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

Please direct all questions to info@ubaphilly.org.

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