Grants Beyond PYM

Grants Outside of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

As a finding aide to PYM Members and others, we maintain a brief guide to grantmaking activity and other resources in the greater PYM area. If you represent a funding group that would like to be listed in the directory, needs to update their information in the directory, or wishes to be removed from the directory, please contact us at

When an organization has a website, we link to that website and give a brief overview of their priorities; when an organization does not have a website, we list contact information and a brief summary. In both cases, if you’re a prospective grant seeker, you should direct any questions about the following organizations to the organization in question; while we strive to maintain this directory as accurately as possible, the most up-t0-date information will always be on an organization’s own website or will will reside with the organization itself.

For an overview of PYM’s grantmaking, be sure to check out the PYM Grants site.

For other resources and assistance to grant seeks outside of PYM, we recommend consulting the Philadelphia Regional Foundation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia at Logan Circle. Services are provided at no cost to residents of the region. In some cases, it may also be helpful to consult the Foundation Center an online directory of private philanthropic and grantmaking foundations;  a fee is charged for access to the database. Neither of these organizations themselves makes grants, but both may help you find an organization that does.


Abington Quarterly Meeting Home and Care Committee
Provides assistance to members of Abington Quarter in financial need.

Allen Hiles Fund
Provides financial support in the areas of education, women’s issues, and economic development in disadvantaged communities.

Bogert Memorial Fund
Supports the study and practice of Christian mysticism, with grants of up to $1,000 to selected individuals, groups or institutions.

Bread and Roses Community Fund
Provides grants and technical assistance to Delaware Valley communities taking action to effect economic and social change.

Clarence and Lilly Pickett Fund for Quaker Leadership
To identify, encourage, and support emerging Quaker leadership.

D’Olier Foundation
Grants to Friends organizations and to charitable organizations that serve the Moorestown, NJ area.


Douty Foundation
Funding for organizations working to foster equitable opportunities for children and youth in Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Taylor Distributing Committee (no website)
Grants for youth, family, Quaker activities, scholarships at Friends Schools.

APPLICATION: Write a letter of application (1-4 pages) to the Secretary, with specific program description and dollar request. Tax exempt organizations only. Grants are not made to individuals. Grants outside of the Philadelphia Area are rare. Generally does not fund endowment building. Deadline: October 1st.

PROJECTS: The Fund prefers to fund Friends or Friends-related activities in the Philadelphia area. Priorities include Friends Primary and Secondary education, Young Friends Programs, Friends Family oriented programs.

Robert M. Taylor, Secretary
1326 Spruce Street #3004
Philadelphia, PA 19107

PHONE: (215) 735-2662

Emlen Institution (no website)
Grants for education purposes and the benefit of children of African and Native American descent.

Educational institutions and social service agencies.

Write to the Emlen Institution for details.

Susan Emlen, Co-Clerk
Emlen Institution
629 Walnut Lane
Haverford, PA 19041

Friends Meeting House Fund (FGC)
Provides loans and grants for construction, renovation or purchasing of a meetinghouse.

Gest Fellowship (Haverford College)
Fellowships for research engaging with religion, religious community, or historical religious practices using the Haverford College Quaker Collection.

Grundy Foundation
Supports nonprofit organizations in Bucks County, PA.

Grandom Institution (no current website)

The Grandom Institution provides heating assistance and project grants to reduce the heating costs of low-income households in the Philadelphia area.


William Cozzens
447 East Mount Pleasant
Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19119



Any institution that delivers heat in winter to the poor in the Philadelphia area.


Heating assistance. See new priorities in Request for Proposals document, at link above.


Apply by June 1, each year, using current year’s application form. Grants are disbursed at the end of December.


Donor(s): Hartt Grandom. Fund was established by will of Hartt Grandom in 1842 “to be an annual permanent fund to alleviate the most prudent of the poor (but not the intemperate) in procuring fuel, clothing and other necessities, which such persons want in winter.” There were mergers with other non-profits, including the Fuel Savings Society of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia, the William Keinath Free Coal Endowment, and several individual bequests for fuel assistance.  The earliest component of the Grandom Institution was established in 1818. Original donors of funds in most cases were Quakers.


See Request for Proposals for new funding priorities.  Funding is for any institution that directly supplies heat to the poor in the Philadelphia area, with priority given to Northwest Philadelphia, but extending as far as neighboring areas of Montgomery County, PA. Preferred: Community centers that maintain computerized control of beneficiary data, use of funds and assessment of what beneficiary does to control heating costs. The Grandom Institution discourages applications from organizations requiring large administrative fees.

John Martin Trust
Grants or loans to PYM Friends in financial need. Monthly Meetings apply on behalf of their members.

Jonathan E. Rhoads Trust (no website)

Tax-exempt organizations, primarily Quaker ones; projects are not restricted by type.

Send grant request in letter form, providing pertinent information and documentation of tax-exempt status. Deadlines: June 1st and November 15th.

Applications should be mailed to:

104 W Bridge st, New Hope PA 18938
2095 Rosewood Lane, York PA 17403

It may be advantageous for interested parties to send letters of application to both addresses.

DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE: George G. Rhoads, M.D.; Jonathan Rhoads, Jr.

Lyman Fund (no website)
To support individuals seeking to follow their deepest inward spiritual leading.

Individuals. Members of the Religious Society of Friends are given preference, but applications may be made by any person, with financial need who seeks to follow his or her deepest spiritual leadings. The Lyman Fund does not grant to persons dwelling outside the USA. The maximum grant size is $3,000; repeat applications will be considered up to a lifetime maximum of $6,000.

Spiritual leadings related to teaching, writing, creating music and art, peace making, farming, meditating, and healing. Grants are sometimes given for attending a spiritually-focused educational program, particularly programs sponsored by Quaker organizations. No grants are given for undergraduate college education or PhD programs.

For initial inquiries, application information, guidelines, and questions, contact:

Tracy Booth
Cell: (202) 262-2563

Deadlines: Applications and letters of reference must be received by March 15 for the Spring and September 15 for the Fall grant cycle. The board meets in April and October for funding decisions.

Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund (no website)
Grants for Quaker purposes.

Primarily focused on New England Friends and Friends’ organizations.

Hugh Gelch, clerk
Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund
20 Oakland Avenue
Auburndale, MA 02466
PHONE: (617) 964-4220

Request guidelines from clerk. Deadlines: 15th of January, April and September.

In Providence in 1823 by bequest of Obadiah Brown to be a fund, independent of New England Yearly Meeting, to enhance the Religious Society of Friends through grants to individuals and Friends organizations. He stated in his will “I recommend…specially the printing and disseminating of useful books for the promulgation of the gospel and by that means, as well as, otherwise spreading our Religious Principals where they are little known.” Sara Swift, a Trustee from Massachusetts, established the Swift Fund in 1914 to be administered by the 12 Trustees of Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund. She directed that grants may be made to individuals “of our religious faith who are in need and who shall be or have been engaged in gospel or philanthropic work.”

Discrete projects with a tendency to produce increasing benefits to the Religious Society are favored. Grants to organizations are not for regular expenses usually included in operating budgets. Does not support educational institutions for general operating funds, although in particular circumstances it may support Friends attending Friends institutions. Grants are generally limited to one-time applications for each project. Grant size is modest. Applicants are encouraged to find matching funds elsewhere and other collaborative funding strategies.

Pendle Hill Resident Study Program
Scholarships for individuals to be able to attend programs at Pendle Hill.

Pew Charitable Trusts
Serves the public interest by providing information, advancing policy solutions, and supporting civic life.

Philadelphia Foundation
Pools over 650 permanent charitable trust funds that have been created since 1918 to improve quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Quaker Earthcare Witness Mini-Grants
Matching grants up to $500 to Friends’ groups, meetings, and organizations for projects that have a primary purpose of benefiting the environment and/or promoting environmental awareness and education among Friends and the larger spirit-led world.

Samuel S. Fels Fund
A private independent foundation with broad interests in community programs, education and the arts. Its grants are restricted to organizations located in the City of Philadelphia or focused on local issues.

Sara Bowers Fund (no dedicated website, but guidelines are available to dwonload; a fund of  Kennett Monthly Meeting)
Supports projects that advance of the principles of the Society of Friends or promote the growth and strength of Kennett Monthly Meeting.

Sara Bowers Committee
Kennett Monthly Meeting
P.O. Box 122
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Sue Thomas Turner Quaker Education Fund
Works to further the development of Quaker values and concerns in education at Friends Schools nationwide.

Susan Bax Memorial Fund
Grants for members of Friends meetings in the Section of the Americas to follow leadings to travel in the ministry that do not fit into other institutional programs.

Swarthmore Monthly Meeting Anne Bernstein Richan Peace Action Fund
Funding priority is given to new initiatives in peacemaking with the potential for long-term growth. It is hoped that this funding will enable someone with a creative idea to transform it from a spark into a vibrant light. Both individuals and groups are eligible for funding.

T. Wistar Brown Teachers’ Fund
Supports members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting who are over the age of 21 and who need assistance to prepare themselves to teach at the primary or secondary school level.

Thomas H. and Mary Williams Shoemaker Fund
To aid collaborative projects that have as a primary purpose the renewal of the Religious Society of Friends and its organizations.

Tyson Memorial Fund (no current website)

The Tyson Memorial Fund supports the needs of Friends institutions and Meetings within PYM, with emphasis on Friends education, religious interest, and services to the elderly.


Mimi Blackwell
Attn: Tyson Memorial Fund
Friends Fiduciary Corporation
1650 Arch Street, #1904
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Friends Meetings and organizations in the PYM area.

To support special needs of Friends institutions and Meetings within PYM, with particular emphasis on furthering Friends education, religious interests, or services to the elderly.

Download a copy of the current Tyson Memorial Fund Guidelines (PDF), and a copy of the current Quaker Grantmaker Common Form from the Forms & Guidelines page. The Tyson Fund will make only one grant within a 3-year period to any single institution or organization, and grants are made for one year only. A report on grant use will be expected within one year of the application date unless otherwise stated.

Deadlines: April 1 and October 1

Established in 1981 as a Trust of Friends Fiduciary Corporation. It was founded by Geraldine Tyson, Natalie S. Tyson, Evelyn Tyson, and Mary Tyson Janney, who were longtime members of Abington Monthly Meeting of Friends.


Valentine Foundation
Makes grants to tax-exempt organizations or programs that empower women and girls to recognize and develop their full potential.

William Penn Foundation
Dedicated to improving quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts to foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children’s futures, and deepen connections to nature and community.

White Richardson Fund (of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting)
Grants are given to programs and educational institutions below the college level; grants range in size from $500 to $8,000. Funds are also set aside for members and active attenders of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting involved in schools or programs for children of color in Philadelphia.

Willistown Friends Meeting Trust (no website; a trust of Willistown Monthly Meeting)
The Willistown Friends Meeting Trust makes grants to non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status only, for well-defined specific projects and activities (excepting operating budgets, salaries, and capital campaigns), with a priority given to Quaker organizations with a focus in Chester County or neighboring communities; non-Quaker organizations with a focus in Chester County or neighboring communities will also be considered and are encouraged to apply. Applicant organizations must provide social, environmental, health related, or educational assistance projects that align with the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.

Please contact the Willistown Friends Meeting Trust to obtain a copy of their guidelines & application form.

The Trust has one yearly deadline, on March 1st. All application materials must be submitted electronically. Reports are due by December 15h of the same calendar year in which a grant was awarded. Other reports may be requested.

Mail: Willistown Friends Meeting Trust
P.O. Box 534
Edgemont, PA