Philadelphia Foundation awards grants to help 'activate' 50 local communities

Hadas Kuznits
January 25, 2020 - 3:18 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Foundation has announced 50 $1,000 grants to local organizations to help them turn their community improvement ideas into action. Many of this year's grants focused on civic participation and census efforts. 

Pedro Ramos, president of The Philadelphia Foundation, said the grant proposals came out of a campaign encouraging people to talk with their neighbors, friends, and coworkers about the issues that matter to them — over a meal.  

"Last November, the Philadelphia Foundation led our third On The Table Philly campaign throughout the seven counties in our area," Ramos said. 

Then, they encouraged hosts to use those ideas to apply for grants that would help make a difference in their communities.

"We had about 90 applications and we made about 50 grants. Many of the grants are ideas to educate people and engage them in the census effort."

Ramos said many of the ideas were also based on the needs of the community. 

"One of them is increasing the refrigeration capacity at a food pantry."

Other grants dealt with gun safety, health, generational relationships and more.

"So the grants themselves are as varied as the communities that participated."

All grant recipients are listed on the Philadelphia Foundation website