Non-PYM Grants and Resources

Grants Outside of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

This section of the Friends Funding Directory presents a reasonably accurate view of Quaker grantmaking activity in our area. If you represent a funding group that would like to be listed in the directory, please contact us.

At the bottom of this page are listed non-Quaker grant making bodies in our area that might support Friends projects and needs. Click on the names for brief descriptions of their scope and information on how to apply. If a group has a website listed, you should check there first — it’s a good way to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.

Quaker Grants

Abington Quarterly Meeting Home and Care Committee

Provides assistance to members of Abington Quarter in financial need.

CONTACT: Rebecca Cratin, Administrator – 215-542-8738,


APPLICATION:  All members of the Quarter periodically receive an information folder on assistance funds. Overseers of all meetings in the Quarter know of the funds and their purposes. Application information is available through these channels, and through the Clerk and Administrator of the Abington Home and Care Committee.

Bogert Memorial Fund

The Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund was established to support the study and practice of Christian  mysticism. As a general guideline, the Bogert Fund understands the mystical element in Christianity to be that aspect of its belief and practices that relates to an immediate and direct sense of the presence of the Divine. 

The Fund is administered by an independent Board of Overseers under the care of Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. Grants up to a maximum of $1,000 are made to individuals, groups, or institutions.



Kenneth Henke
Princeton Seminary Library
25 Library Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

PHONE: (215) 727-4376

Annual deadline is March 1st; grants typically awarded in July.

Inquiries may be sent by e-mail to request an application form.

Clarence and Lilly Pickett Fund for Quaker Leadership

To identify, encourage, and support emerging Quaker leadership.

Mike Moyer
Coordinator for the Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment
William Penn University,
201 Trueblood Avenue
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

PHONE: (641) 673-1085
FAX: (641) 673-1396



D'Olier Foundation

Grants to support the Friends community as well as the Moorestown, NJ area.

Thomas Henskens,
Lead Trustee


WHO CAN APPLY? Friends organizations serving the Moorestown, NJ area. Individuals not eligible.

APPLICATION: Qualifying organizations should e-mail a letter of request with full project and financial details; attach IRS 501 (c) (3) letter and latest audited financials. Preferred: Quaker-sponsored projects and projects serving Quaker concerns. Deadline: September 30th.

Douty Foundation

For projects that improve the lives of economically disadvantaged people or social services.


Jennifer Leith, Managing Director
The Douty Foundation
P.O. Box 1437
Philadelphia, PA 19105
PHONE: 215-620-1869


Elizabeth Taylor Distributing Committee

Grants for youth, family, Quaker activities, scholarships at Friends Schools.


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

PHONE: (215) 735-2662

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.

Emlen Institution

Grants for education purposes and the benefit of children of African and Native American descent.

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

Educational institutions and social service agencies.

APPLICATION: Write to the Emlen Institution for details.

Friends Meeting House Fund (FGC)

Provides loans and grants for construction, renovation or purchasing of a meetinghouse.


Gest Research Fellowships (Haverford College)

Fellowships for research using the Haverford College Quaker Collection.


John Anderies


Phone: 610-896-2948



Grandom Institution

New priorities: heating assistance.

See the Grandom Institution page for details.

John Martin Trust

To aid PYM Friends who need assistance in the form of either a loan or grant.

Monthly Meetings within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting can apply on behalf of an individual. Individuals can not apply directly. The John Martin Trust is administered by the John Martin Trust Distribution Committee of the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street).

For more information and application forms, please visit for up-to-date details.

Jonathan E. Rhoads Trust

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

APPLICATION: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

To support individuals seeking to follow their deepest inward spiritual leading.

For details, see the Lyman Fund page.

Obadiah Brown's Benevolent Fund

Grants for Quaker purposes. 

See the Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund page for details.

Pendle Hill Resident Study Program

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


Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) Mini-grants

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) Minigrants Committee provides matching grants to Friends’ organizations worldwide (to schools, Meetings, and other groups) of up to $500 each to support projects consistent with QEW values, 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. Partnerships with non-Quaker groups in the community are encouraged.

Guidelines and application forms are available on the Quaker Earthcare Witness website.

Richard Humphreys Fund Distribution Committee

Funds scholarships to attend Cheyney University.

For more information, please visit the Richard Humphreys Fund page.

Sara Bowers Fund

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 to aid travel in the ministry and by female representatives to FWCC Section of the Americas.



Friends World Committee for Consultation,
Section of the Americas
1520 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA

PHONE: (215) 241-7250

FAX: (215) 241 7285


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.


Anne L. Edmunds, Administrative Assistant
Thomas H. and Mary Williams Shoemaker Fund
c/o Greene Street Friends School
5511 Greene Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144-2805
Phone: (215) 545-7099



Tyson Memorial Fund

Support special needs of Friends institutions and Meetings within PYM, with emphasis on Friends education, religious interest, and elder care.

Please see the Tyson Fund page for more information.

White Richardson Fund

The White Richardson Fund of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting focuses on the education of children of color in Philadelphia. 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.

DEADLINE: Applications should be received by March 15. Applicants will typically be notified about decisions by early June. A brief report (of no more than two pages) on the use of granted funds is due the following January 15.

To apply, please mail a letter (of no more than two pages) requesting funding, with full financial particulars, to:

Stephanie Judson, Clerk
White Richardson Fund
Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
1515 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA. 19102

Your application should include a contact name, as well as phone, email, and a street address at which they may be reached.

Questions about the Fund may be sent by email to:

Willistown Friends Meeting Trust

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.

2017-18 Willistown Friends Meeting Trust Funding Guidelines [PDF]

Please contact the Willistown Friends Meeting Trust to confirm that you have the most recent copy of their guidelines & application form.


Yearly, 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

Regional Grants and Resources

Foundation Centers

Our Regional Foundation Center is located at the Free Library of Philadelphia at Logan Circle. It provides a wide variety of resources and assistance to grant seekers online and at 1901 Vine Street in Philadelphia.  Services are provided at no cost to residents of the region.

The Foundation Center is an online directory of private philanthropic and grantmaking foundations;  a fee is charged for access to the database.

Neither Foundation Center makes grants, but both may help you find an organization that does.

Bread and Roses

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

Samuel S. Fels Fund

The Samuel S. Fels Fund is 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.

Grundy Foundation

The Grundy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Bucks County, PA.

Allen Hilles Fund

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

Partners For Sacred Places

The Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places  provides capital funding for historic, community-serving sacred places in the five county Philadelphia region – Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The grants are supplemented by training and technical assistance, to help position congregations and meetings to meet urgent repair and renovation challenges that threaten their properties.

William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation is 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.

Pew Charitable Trusts

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

Philadelphia Foundation

The 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.

Valentine Foundation

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