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Funding for the community

Philly Counts has built a community of individuals, businesses, and organizations that have received grants. We’ve worked to connect them with new funding opportunities so they can keep doing their great work.

COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund

The COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund was created by the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia to provide support to organizations doing work in the community. The Philly Counts organizing team has provided support for the fund and made connections between aligned groups in our partner network.

To ensure the funding process was inclusive and accessible to smaller organizations and informal groups, we gathered recommendations from community investment advisors. These advisors were people who live and work in the community. They represented Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Advisors made recommendations about:

  • The fund’s priorities, eligibility, and reporting and management criteria.
  • Streamlining the grant process.
  • How to ensure funds are distributed equitably.

Learn more on the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia’s blog.

Ambassador program

The ambassador program is fully funded through the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund. All grant payments are made by the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia. Philly Counts staff provides programmatic support for participants.

Additionally, ambassadors receive paid workforce development (training and skills to be prepared for future jobs) to help with networking and future job seeking.

NIH CEAL grant

The Philly CEAL (Community Engagement ALliance) is the local branch of the National Community Engagement Alliance. Philly CEAL’s grant program is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing leads the local team, which includes Philly Counts and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

CEAL’s mission is to create a cross-sector coalition in Philadelphia focused on identifying opportunities and evaluating ongoing strategies to mitigate disparities across COVID-19 testing, vaccine uptake, and therapeutics.

You can find downloadable resources on the National CEAL website.

To get the latest local news and updates, visit Philly CEAL on Twitter.