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Discretionary Grants and Cycle Grants

As of May 2024, changes have been made to our LOI and application process! Please see the ‘LOI Process’ section below for details!

Discretionary Grants

Discretionary grants can be awarded to nonprofits that do not meet both F4HE’s grant-receiving criteria. While submissions are rolling and organizations are welcome to apply at any time, Foundation for Health Equity will make decisions on discretionary grant applications bi-monthly as they are received. These grants are small, generally ranging between $500 and $1,500 each.

Cycle Grants

Cycle Grants can be awarded to nonprofits that fit F4HE’s grant-receiving criteria under either of our two grant cycles: Hunger & Food Insecurity and Community Health. These grants are awarded to those non-profits that are exemplary of BOTH direct service and systems change efforts.

What are the criteria? Great question!

The Foundation will support nonprofits that work to advance health equity in NW Philadelphia through direct service AND actively creating systemic change*.

Application questions are available prior to applying via the online portal. You are also welcome to reach out to Foundation staff with any questions (

*Please refer to F4HE’s definition of systems change in the LOI.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Guidelines

What We Fund

Special emphasis is placed on programs providing the following services among the most needy populations:

  • Hunger and food insecurity
  • Community health
  • Direct service work describes what help and assistance organizations are presently providing to address the immediate need of those being affected by the system.
  • Systems change is focused on addressing the root causes of social issues, by changing key factors that continue to perpetuate cycles of dysfunction and inequity. Think about the question: How are you working yourself out of a job?

Who May Apply

Grants are restricted to organizations identified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serving Northwest Philadelphia in the following zip codes:

  • 19150 – Wadsworth
  • 19144 – Germantown
  • 19138 – East Germantown
  • 19128 – Roxborough
  • 19119 – Mt. Airy
  • 19118 – Chestnut Hill

One LOI per organization may be submitted in a single calendar year. Applicants will be notified directly should there be any exception.

Please Note

Organizations must be identified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and cannot identify as a private foundation. A photocopy of the organization’s most recent IRS determination letter is required for consideration of funding.

Foundation for Health Equity™ operates under a mission-driven strategic plan which guides our grantmaking. Therefore, as a general practice it is outside of our funding scope to provide grants for the following:

  • Institutions which in policy or process discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion/non-religion
  • Grants to individuals
  • Support of the promotion of specific religions
  • Loans, endowment, and debt reduction
  • Capital campaigns

The LOI Process

Due February 1st

Community Health

Due July 1st

Hunger/Food Insecurity

Prior to submitting an LOI, ensure your organization is actively engaged in either;

  1. Hunger/ Food Insecurity – systems change and direct services
  2. Community Health – systems change and direct services

Has 501(c)3 tax exemption status and is located in/serves the communities below:

  • 19118 – Chestnut Hill
  • 19119 – Mt. Airy
  • 19128 – Roxborough
  • 19138 – East Germantown
  • 19144 – Germantown
  • 19150 – Wadsworth

Overview of the Grant Cycle

Step One: New! Step One For New or Non-Renewal Applicants: For all new or non-renewal applicants, a phone call is required to discuss eligibility before submitting the LOI. Please email Abby Gustafson – to schedule this phone call.

New! Step One for Renewal Applicants*: The day the cycle opens, an email will be sent to your organization to schedule a site visit and renewal interview. A site visit and interview are required for all organizations that intend to complete a renewal LOI.

*Renewal Applicants are organizations that have received a cycle grant from F4HE within the past year.

  • Accepted January 1 – February 1 for Community Health Cycle
  • Accepted June 1 – July 1 for Hunger/Food Insecurity
  • Portal closes 5pm on the due date (February 1/July 1)
    • An automated email will confirm submission
  • Please ensure your LOI is completed in its entirety
    • Incomplete LOI’s will not be considered

Step Two:

  • F4HE reviews LOIs.

Step Three:

  • Non-profits that meet all requirements will be contacted for an interview.
  • Non-profits that do not meet requirements will receive decline letters.

Step Four:

  • Review and contact Awarded/Declined organizations
  • Contact made late May for Community Health Grant Cycle
  • Contact made late September for Hunger/Food Insecurity Cycle

Step Five:

  • At the end of the grant year, grantees will be contacted for a site visit and renewal interview.

Download LOI PDF below:

Application Information

  • Mission Statement
  • Amount Requested*

Program Information

  • General Operating Acknowledgement
  • Request Overview – Direct Service
  • Program Description – Systems-Level Change
  • Individuals Served per Zipcode

Documents Upload

  • IRS Determination Letter
  •  Letters of Agreement/MOUs
  • Other/Additional Information

*If your organization is requesting a renewal, pay close attention to which questions on the LOI are required for you to answer.

If at any point throughout the process you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Abby Gustafson, Director of Community Engagement, at 215.438.8102 or

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