Applying

Before you apply

Learn whether your organization is eligible for a grant and how you can partner with the Foundation to make your vision a reality.

Before
You Apply

Find out if your organization is eligible to apply for a grant, and learn what types of programs meet our eligibility requirements and grant priority areas.

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To make it easier for you, all letters of intent, applications and reports are now processed via online submission.

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation service area is defined by a 10-mile radius around Pottstown. However, your funded organization does not need to be located in our area—it only needs to serve people in our service area.

We serve non-profit organizations with a tax-exempt status in good standing with the IRS, which strive to promote priorities that are in line with our mission.  Our results framework provides a model for partnering with organizations in our service area working towards long-term improvement in healthy behaviors. Key criteria for organizations applying for a grant include a governing board, demonstrated community impact, and project work plan. 

For more information about the needs and information about our area, please reference our Community Health Needs Assessment 

 

Applying for a grant from Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation follows an application, approval and reporting process that may vary, depending on the area of your request. These areas are:

  • Healthy Behaviors
  • Health Access
  • Capacity Building
  • Emotional Health Funding
  • Capital Funding
  • Event-Related Requests for Support
  • Worksite Wellness

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation has a wealth of resources, including a library of journals, books and periodicals to serve your research needs.

For questions, please contact us at 610-323-2006.

Core Pillars

Grantmaking Pillars and Program Areas

One of primary ways we aim to achieve our purpose and, ultimately, our mission is to partner with organizations in the area by investing in solutions aimed at long-term improvement in healthy behaviors. Specifically, the Foundation will invest in the following two core pillars and their defined program areas:

1.  Developing Youth Potential– We believe that investing in our community youth, is investing on our community's future. To that aim, we seek to invest in our community youth, especially those less served, by supporting their overall development in these core program areas:

  • Early Childhood Development: providing expecting and new parents with the tools and resources to ensure the development of young children (0-5).
  • School Programs (K-12): integrating best practices to promote wellness as a core component of school culture and student achievement.
  • Youth Preparedness: helping youth obtain the cognitive, social, and emotional skills necessary to succeed in life.
Click to view the Results Framework presentation.

2.  Promoting Equitable Health & Wellness–In our community and throughout the United States, health equity and equal opportunity are inextricably linked. The challenges of disease and poor health in comparison to the benefits of wellness and good health are inequitably distributed among groups of people. To address these inequities, we will invest in programs in these core program areas:

  • Built Environment: promoting community wellness through the development and improvement of and access to active living spaces and programs for all.
  • Health Access & Delivery: improving access to affordable, high quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate care for all community members.
  • Health Equity: removing barriers to health and wellness to ensure all community members have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential.

Community Engagement

As we strive to continue to serve our community as partners, conveners, and innovators, our third pillar focuses on supporting the youth potential and community health & wellness through different types of investments:.

3.  Collaborating for a Healthier Future–Working with a diverse set of constituents and partners to actively work, learn, and support a healthier future for all residents:

  • Community Collaboratives: working with partners to address systemic health and wellness issues throughout the community.
  • Education & Learning Opportunities: providing information and training on health and wellness best practices throughout the community.
  • Future Fund Development: identifying opportunities to grow the level of investment in the community and the work we support.

Capital Grants

PAHWF may award a capital grant for up to 50 percent of the total allowable costs of the project.

If seeking capital funding, specifically for proposals for the Built Environment, the request cannot exceed $100,000 and you must show you’ve raised at least 50% of required funds.

Capital grant expenditures may include application costs, site surveys, architectural, and engineering fees, but may not include relocation costs or developer's fees.

Other considerations for capital grants are items such as facility enhancements, equipment, and information technology costs, which would require a PAHWF capacity building grant application and a 50 percent match of funds raised at either the time of application or as a requirement to release funds.

Proof of the Match

Documentation of matching funds. The matching funds described in the above section must be documented as follows; no other format will be accepted as evidence of a firm commitment of matching funds.  If a matching portion was met with a grant from another foundation, one can submit the following to the PAWHF Grants Manager (cc Program Officer) as proof of match:

  • For Applicant cash commitments:
    • The applicant's own cash must be committed on the applicant's letterhead, signed by organization leadership (ie. Executive Director), and dated.
  • For 3rd party funds raised (ie. Funds from a Foundation or Government entity):
    • A signed letter on donor letterhead sent to the PAHWF grants manager and Program Officer stating the name of the philanthropic organization, the amount committed, the date the award was granted and the intention of the nonprofit to use the gift to fulfill the Foundation’s match stipulation.
  • For individual contributions:
    • A list of all donations (ie. Financial ledger), including the name of the donor, and the date, amount, and form of the donation.
      • Note: if a donor would like to remain anonymous then you can strike out their name on the document.
    • Copies of all canceled checks, bank statements showing wire transfers or receipt of credit card payments, and brokerage statements or signed documentation verifying the transfer of securities and their market value.
  • Optional items that would be helpful but are not required at this time as our award commitment signifies a trusting relationship where your organization’s intent to use the funds are for the purpose designated by the match.
    • A signed statement from a senior authorized official (ie board member) restricting all donations received to the Foundation match.
    • An email from organization leadership (ie Executive Director) stating the same as above.
    • Other examples of clear evidence that donors’ intent is to meet the Foundation's match, either by the donor’s indication on the check, a letter from the donor to the grantee demonstrating such intent or, in the case of an unrestricted donation, a designation from the grantee's governing board or a senior official that the donation has been appropriately restricted to meet the Foundation’s matching requirements.
  • Note, the value of matching funds must be for a cost that is included in the calculation of the total project cost, thereby decreasing the total expenditures of the grantee.

PAHWF may award a capital grant for up to 50 percent of the total allowable costs of the project.

If seeking capital funding, specifically for proposals for the Built Environment, the request cannot exceed $100,000 and you must show you’ve raised at least 50% of required funds.

Capital grant expenditures may include application costs, site surveys, architectural, and engineering fees, but may not include relocation costs or developer's fees.

Other considerations for capital grants are items such as facility enhancements, equipment, and information technology costs, which would require a PAHWF capacity building grant application and a 50 percent match of funds raised at either the time of application or as a requirement to release funds.

Additional Areas of Funding

In addition to the above primary areas of funding, the Foundation provides grants in the following secondary areas:

The following categories of funding are not core to the Foundation's mission at this time:

  • Alumni Activities 
  • Arts & Culture
  • Debt Reduction or Loans
  • Disease-Related Charities
  • Individual Medical Bills
  • Political Campaigning and/or Legislation Promotion
  • Public Safety & Criminal Justice
  • Scholarships
  • Large Single-Day Events

 

We want to encourage your ideas, projects and passion. We love creative solutions for long-term health improvements and especially commend innovation and collaboration. If you are already a grantee organization, consider trying something new. Add to existing ideas or change some aspects of projects.

The possibilities for great ideas are endless, but we appreciate ideas that are well planned and with a timeline that aligns with our grant cycle. We are also very interested in evidence-based best practices and measurable outcomes that demonstrate that your project or program is working, or will work. We are encouraged by ideas with partnerships. 

We have two grant cycles each year: spring and fall. It is a two-stage process with a letter of intent stage and a full application stage. Letters of intent are due on the 1st of February and August. The precise dates of each grant cycle are published and updated on this website under Grantmaking Cycles. If your letter of intent is moved forward, you will have about three weeks to submit a full application. All proposals are reviewed by the Foundation staff and Grants Committee, and then approved by the Board of Directors. We do not publish a call for proposals.

Next Step

Starting an Application

After confirming that your organization is eligible, you can start the process of becoming a grant applicant.

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