EMAN Community Fund Letter of Interest Due On March 8th


East Mt. Airy Neighbors Community Fund Will Make Grants of $5,000 to $100,000

Letters of Interest Now Being Sought; Deadline is March 8

Letters of Interest Applications are being accepted until March 8 through the Philadelphia Foundation for grants from the East Mount Airy Neighbors Community Fund. 

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Request for Letters of Interest

Do you have an idea for a project or innovative solution to transform East Mt. Airy?

The EMAN Community Fund invites Letters of Interest in support of an innovative community idea or important solution that addresses the needs of East Mt. Airy. Requests may be for one-time projects and community solutions. The EMAN Community Fund strongly encourages collaboration between established and grassroots community groups.

Requests must serve at least 50% of East Mt Airy's residents with priority given to ideas that reach 75-100%. Grants are one-time and range from $5,000 to $100,000. Applicants can submit up to three ideas, representing their own ideas, and/or involving other community initiatives for which they will act as the fiscal agent.

Grantmaking Strategy:

The East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN) Community Fund strategically focuses its grants to actively improve the health, welfare and quality of life of the Philadelphia Northwest communities. It supports work in the areas of aging, community building, children and youth, and mental health and intellectual disabilities.

The EMAN Community Fund considers proposals from 501(c)3 organizations that are located in and/or serve Northwest Philadelphia, specifically the area represented by EMAN (bounded by Stenton Avenue, Washington Lane, Germantown Avenue and Cresheim Valley Drive). Priority will be given to applicants doing one or more of the following:

  • Serving the south end of East Mt. Airy especially between Chew and Germantown Avenues 

  • Serving more that 25% service to East Mt. Airy residents

  • Serving people with disabilities

  • Delivering programs that align with "Mt. Airy 2025" goals/strategies


  • The organization has been certified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or is collaborating with a nonprofit agency with a 501(c)(3) IRS exemption as a fiscal sponsor.

  • The organization is not a private foundation.

  • If the organization is a religious institution, it may only apply for nonsectarian activities.

  • The organization has a board-adopted nondiscrimination policy including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Project Requirements

Grants must primarily impact East Mt. Airy and serve constituents within the Fund's grant-making region. At least 50% of the program's clients must live in East Mt. Airy with a minimum of 25% of the program's clients living in the East Mt. Airy Neighborhood.

Ineligible Expenses: 

  • General Operating Support

  • Grants to individuals

  • Sectarian religious activities

  • Debt reduction

  • Loans

  • Fellowships 

  • Capital campaigns

  • Proprietary enterprises

  • Political lobbying 

  • Re-granting

Application Process:

The EMAN Community Fund is preceding its application process with a request for Letters of Interest. This will allow the Philadelphia Foundation staff to establish the scale of interest and for the local community to know whether they have the potential for funding without having to complete a more thorough application process. Letters of Interest will be completed via SmarterSelect and will respond to the following questions: 

  • The name of organization/fiscal sponsor; the point of contact for the idea/project; and contact information including address, phone, website, and email.

  • A brief description of the idea(s)/project(s), why this is a priority to East Mt. Airy, and how it aligns with Fund priorities.

  • Specific zip codes served by the idea/project. Please indicate the percentage of your program's clients who live in Northwest Philadelphia and the percentage of your program's clients who live in East Mt. Airy; 

  • The total anticipated budget for each idea/project, and the anticipated amount to be requested from the EMAN Community Fund for each;

  • Brief description of how you will determine the success of each idea/project.  

The applicant will submit the following documents:

  • IRS 501(c)3 determination letter

  • Most recently completed Fiscal Year's Form-990, Audit, or other financial statement

  • List of Board of Directors

  • Board-approved organizational budget, include expenses and revenues

  • Charitable Certificate from the Bureau of Charitable Organizations (if required)

  • Fiscal Sponsor Memorandum of Understanding (if applicable)

Process and Timing:

  • Grant opportunity announced February 11, 2019

  • LOI deadline March 8, 2019

  • Successful LOIs invited to submit a full proposal, April 5, 2019

  • Full proposal deadline May 3, 2019

  • Eligible organizations will be contacted by a Philadelphia Foundation staff member to schedule a site visit. All site visits will be conducted May 13 through June 7

  • Grant announcements made in September 2019

The Philadelphia Foundation will review Letters of Interest and contact applicants if additional information is needed. The Philadelphia Foundation will make recommendations to the EMAN Community Fund Board, which will have final decision-making power.

The EMAN Community Fund grant-making process is administered by the Philadelphia Foundation. 

Please direct all communication and inquiries directly to eman@philafound.org or (215) 563-6417.