Serving Philadelphia and surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and the City of Camden
General Proposal Guidelines

Connelly Foundation supports deserving non-profit organizations situated in and serving people residing in the Greater Philadelphia area (Philadelphia and its surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and the City of Camden) in the fields of Education, Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture and Civic Enterprise. 

  • Written proposals from nonprofit organizations (those classified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) are accepted and reviewed by Connelly Foundation throughout the year. With the exception of Foundation Initiatives, there are no deadlines.
  • Applicants generally receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of a proposal within two weeks and a response within three months. 
  • Applicants may be contacted during the proposal review process to request a telephone conference, site visit or presentation. 
  • Applicants are limited to one grant in a twelve month period. 
  • Organizations that have received a grant from Connelly Foundation are required to submit a final report before being considered for a new grant.  Final reports need to be submitted under separate cover. 
  • As a general practice Connelly Foundation does not fund advocacy, annual appeals, public or charter schools, conferences, environmental programs, endowments, feasibility or planning studies, general solicitations, historic preservation projects, re-granting organizations, national organizations focused on a single disease, or research.  

Application Process  

To simplify the application process, Connelly Foundation now requires prospective grantees to use the Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia Common Grant Application Form and also the Common Report Form after the grant has ended.  To access these forms (along with two other specific application instructions) please go to the Downloadable Forms section of our website.