Grants and   Community Impact Awards

CFGP Granting Process

Please note: Our July granting cycle deadline has been extended until July 22, 2020.

The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia (CFGP) strives to support nonprofit organizations and ministries that demonstrate sustainability and impact while aligning with our Catholic faith. We focus on entities serving the five-county greater Philadelphia area, including Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. CFGP favors projects that receive funding from multiple sources, whether individual or foundation support. The following criteria will be used to process all grant applications:

  • Sustainability, including organizational strength and credibility, knowledge and experience of personnel and overall financial condition.
  • Feasibility, including demonstration of need, project objectives and methodology and multiple funding sources.
  • Impact, including overall effect on community, measurable outcomes and innovation of project concept

The July 2020 cycle's focus area is Parish Life. While all typical criteria remain, only applications from, or on behalf of, parishes will be accepted and reviewed. The maximum grant award will be $10,000. Requests should demonstrate anticipated impact on engagement in evangelization or community participation at parishes. This can include project, program or capital support. Please pay close attention to application requirements found below. You can also click here to download a full PDF of this cycle’s full guidelines and materials.

If you’ve reviewed all application guidelines, please submit your application here. Please ensure that you have included all application elements and that all information is labelled accordingly for ease of identification.

A few notes about the CFGP grant process:

  • CFGP Grant Application deadlines are January 15th and July 15th of every calendar year
  • Please allow up to 90 days after the deadline to hear back regarding your grant application
  • Proposals are shared with the CFGP Grant Committee, who are responsible for making grant decisions. In addition, proposals will be viewed by CFGP’s President and CEO; Senior Director, Partner Development; and Chief Financial Officer.
  • Letters of recommendation or support from other funding sources are recommended.
  • Repeat, multi-year requests are not desirable as CFGP’s vision is to invest in programs and projects that enhance an organization’s ability to self-sustain.
  • Given CFGP’s unique development consulting role and commitment to sustainability, we ask that all financial requests include a plan for fundraising and development support.
  • Face-to-face interviews or site visits are up to the Grant Committee’s discretion


  • Applicants must be Catholic, charitable, tax exempt organization with valid 501(c)(3) status.
  • For the July 2020 grant cycle, applicants must be from or on behalf of a parish. Parish schools are not eligible this grant cycle.
  • Applicants should serve the five-county greater Philadelphia area, including Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
  • CFGP does not award grants to individuals.
  • We will not fund salaries through the CFGP grant cycle, whether they be full or part-time positions.
  • Your organization must be in existence for at least 3 years in order to be eligible to apply for a CFGP grant.
  • CFGP will consider grants for capital improvement projects. However, at least 3 bids from potential vendors of the project must be submitted along with the standard CFGP grant application.


  • A proposal is considered complete when your grant proposal summary form, narrative, and required attachments are uploaded here. Please ensure that all information is labelled accordingly for ease of identification.

  • Each entity must complete CFGP’s Grant Proposal Summary Form, found here.

  • All applications must have a complete grant narrative. A guide for your narrative can be found here.

  • The following attachments should also be included:

    1. Itemized budget for your organization’s current fiscal year. An optional format can be found here.
    2. Current project/program income and expenses. An optional format can be found here.
    3. Most recent annual report or audited financial statement – for parishes, the most recent Report to Pastor is preferred.
    4. Copy of IRS federal tax-exempt letter
    5. A copy of the page on which your organization is listed in the P.J. Kenedy and Sons Official Catholic Directory OR a copy of the section in your organization’s bylaws that states your organization is a Catholic entity.
    6. List of your Board of Directors, Pastoral Council and Finance Council, with affiliations for all.
    7. One-paragraph descriptions of key staff members and their relevant qualifications.
    8. An example of how you have shared the need outlined in your narrative with your community, this can be a copy of your bulletin, an email announcement, etc.
    9. For capital support, 3 bids from potential vendors of the capital project
    10. Optional, Letter(s) of agreement from any collaborating agencies, if applicable.
    11. Optional, Letter(s) of support or press releases, if applicable.



Our past   Grants

School Safety Grant (9)

$75,215 was granted out to nine Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as part of a foundation-led school safety initiative. The nine schools awarded grants were: Holy Family Regional Catholic School, Mother of Province Regional Catholic School, Nativity of Our Lord School, Our Lady of Port Richmond School, Roman Catholic High School, St. Ephrem School, St. Hubert High School for Girls, St. Jude School and St. Teresa of Calcutta School.

St. Veronica School

$2,474 grant for the School's Remedial Reading Learning Support Center expansion.

Mercy Career and Technical High School

$6,898 to purchase AED's for student safety and career training.

Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius of Loyola School

$8,000 grant for laptops - a part of the School's Technology Lab renovation.

St. Veronica School

$2,474 grant for the School's Remedial Reading Learning Support Center expansion.

Gianna Center of Philadelphia

$6,000 grant for lab materials and medical devices for their newest location in Philadelphia.

Faith in the Future Foundation

$6,000 for reading materials to support the four Catholic Schools of Special Education within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School

$5,000 grant to support the school's Science,Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program.

Mothers' Home

$4,800 grant that purchased bed bug covers, pillows, blankets and baby monitors for expectant mother's in the organization's residential program.

Deaf Apostolate, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

$5,000 for Camp Overbrook IN SIGN, a local summer camp for deaf and hard of hearing children.

Catholic Social Services - Montgomery County Family Service Center

$2,000 grant towards the Center's Martha's Choice Marketplace "Shop N Chop" Program.

IHM Center for Literacy

$5,000 to purchase whiteboards for their Farragut Street site.

Providence Center

$15,000 grant to implement the Power Youth Middle School Program.

Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor (ADROP)

$2,750 for ADROP and St. Anthony of Padua School's after school enrichment program.

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School

$3,972.50 to help implement a Theology of the Body Program into the School's curriculum.

St. Gabriel School

$5,5000 grant for the purchase of a security and surveillance system.

St. Martin de Porres School

$2,619 grant to support their Extended Day Program.

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

$4,180 grant for the purchase of a microfilm reader printer used for archiving.

Community Center at Visitation

$7,500 grant for general operating support.

Providence Center

$5,000 grant for general operating support.

St. Francis de Sales School

$13,000 grant to support the School's SAILOR (Science and Art Innovative Learning On the River) STEM Program at the Independence Seaport Museum.

Little Sisters of the Poor, Holy Family Home

$12,500 grant to purchase a new heating system for the nursing home residents.

Community Center at Visitation

$5,000 grant for the Center's Youth Sports Program.

Operating Base Cecilia - Supportive Services for Veterans and Families

$5,000 grant for a private shower and changing area for homeless veterans.

Casa Del Carmen

$5,000 grant for their on-site Elena Santora Food Pantry that purchased two new refrigerators and one new freezer.

Community Impact Awards

CFGP’s Community Impact Awards identify charitable organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area that require immediate financial assistance. Community Impact Award's are chosen by CFGP staff members and do not have a formal application or granting process.