A group of children and a teacher slicing vegetables. Photo courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center.

                                                                                            Photo Credit: Free Library of Philadelphia, Nourishing Literacy Program (Philadelphia, PA)

Welcome to the Community Fund. Please note: as of 4/9/21, this page was updated to reflect the updated guidelines of this program.

About the Program

The Claneil Foundation seeks to support non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia region with multi-year general operating support while addressing the broad range of issues that impact the health and livelihood of communities.

Type of Support and Geographic Eligibility

The Community Fund provides three-year general operating grants totaling $75,000 ($25,000 annually) to organizations working in or serving communities in the following Pennsylvania counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. The Fund will prioritize organizations that have deep roots in the communities they serve and are working with annual budgets of $1 million or less.

Issue Areas

Funding will be provided on a rotating yearly schedule to organizations working in the Foundation's areas of interest: Hunger, Nutrition and Food System; Environment; Education, and Health and Human Services. Organizations working in these areas are invited to apply using the following schedule:


Hunger, Nutrition and Food System






Health and Human Services

How to Apply: The application process begins with a letter of intent submission. Please contact Senior Program Officer Andrea Bretting (abretting@claneil.org or 610-941-1140) if there are questions. Due to high levels of interest, please be mindful of the deadlines below.   

Important Deadlines and Timeline
Please note: these deadlines remain the same each year. If a deadline date falls on a holiday or weekend, the deadline is automatically moved to the next business day. All submissions must be made by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Letter of Intent Submissions Accepted: November 1 through December 1
All letters of intent must be submitted through the Foundation’s online portal. A link will be posted on this page.

Letter of Intent Decision Notifications: January 31
Organizations will be notified by email. Invited applicants will receive a link to the proposal form.

Proposal Deadline for Invited Applicants: March 1

Grant Decisions and Notifications: June


Click here to see profiles of our Community Fund grantees. (Please note: all grantees listed were funded under the previous guidelines of the Community Fund.)