The Union Benevolent Association makes grants to organizations that meet basic needs to alleviate the burden of poverty for vulnerable residents of Philadelphia. Basic needs are defined as food, shelter, clothing and other necessities.
Priority will be given to organizations with operating budgets below $1 million. However, larger organizations that address our funding priorities and can demonstrate the impact of grant funds will be considered.
Types of Grants
General Grants: UBA grant awards are unrestricted. Nonetheless, grants are awarded based on the organization's success in implementing specific programs which demonstrably contribute to alleviating poverty in Philadelphia. Applicants are expected to identify specific metrics by which their performance can be evaluated and report that performance to UBA.
Grant ranges $500 – $10,000.
Targeted Grants: UBA may occasionally provide Focused Support when a timely response to exceptional circumstances can be particularly beneficial to poor and disadvantaged residents of Philadelphia. The application process for these targeted $20,000 grants is by invitation only.
Organizations may only receive one grant per calendar year.
The Union Benevolent Association:
Only makes grants to nonprofit organizations recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Small, new and/or grassroots efforts may be eligible if they partner with a recognized 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal sponsor
- Only makes grants to organizations that serve people within Philadelphia
- Does not make grants to individuals
- Does not make grants to support capital renovations, major building campaigns or endowments
- Will only fund an organization for three out of the past five years.
Please direct any questions to UBA’s Administrator Lisa Dugan.
Apply for a grant here.
The Union Benevolent Association provides equal opportunity access to its programs without regard to race, gender, disability, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital or partner status, veteran status, disability, HIV/AIDS status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, height, weight, or political beliefs.