McKeown Foundation McKeown Foundation

For Grant Seekers

The McKeown Foundation makes grants in the greater Philadelphia area and, on a limited geographic basis, regionally. Funding for unsolicited requests is very limited.

Funding Guidelines

  • Only nonprofit charitable organizations, exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, are eligible to receive a grant.
  • The McKeown Foundation accepts unsolicited grant requests up to $5,000.
  • Grants are awarded for one year only. Projects of special interest to the Foundation may be considered for multi-year funding and larger gifts.
  • Awards must be used only for the purposes for which they were requested. Organizations are required to submit a final written report within 12 months of when the grant was made, which will include a brief narrative of project activities and a final accounting of how grant funds have been used.
  • The McKeown Foundation reserves the right to withhold and/or recover grant funds in the case that funds have been, or appear to be, misused.

Proposal Elements

Provide a cover document that includes:

  • Date
  • Organization name, address, website, email address, current organization budget total
  • Contact name, title, telephone number, email address, and relationship to organization
  • Project name, total project budget, grant amount requested, and a summary description not to exceed 200 words

Signature of Principal Executive or Volunteer Officer: printed name, title, signature, and date.

Proposal narratives should not exceed four pages and should clearly set forth the proposed program/project and objectives. Proposals should include:

  • A brief history of the organization, including its mission.
  • A statement of need for the program/project.
  • Goals and objectives for the program/project.
  • A description of activities to achieve the stated goals and objectives.
  • An outline of how the program’s success will be monitored and evaluated.
  • An explanation of how the program would be successful if only partial funding were awarded.

Required Attachments:

  • Program/project budget, including revenue and expenses.
  • Organizational budget including revenue and expenses.
  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) letter of determination.
  • Copy of most recent audited financial statement or IRS Form 990.
  • Optional: brochure, newsletter article or other written material describing program.

Submission Instructions

Please submit all materials in Word, Excel, or PDF format by email to  by November 1st. All applicants will be informed of the outcome by the following January 15th .

Questions can be directed to the same email address.

Upon receipt of the completed proposal, the Foundation may request additional information or schedule a visit.