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2015 Pennsylvania Abolition Society (PAS) Grants
Due Date: December 31, 2014

PAS, formed by Anthony Benezet and the first abolition society in the world, seeks proposals for its annual grants to its fund established at The Philadelphia Foundation.

Grants:
Requests for grants are sought from 501(c)(3) organizations and programs that work to improve conditions of African Americans throughout Pennsylvania, particularly in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Examples of proposals that would be considered include projects confronting racism, preserving African American monuments, fighting housing discrimination, promoting multicultural arts, exposing children to multicultural opportunities, offering recognition awards, providing scholarships for persons of African American descent in seeking higher education, and improving the quality of race relations in Pennsylvania.  Typically, these grants range in size from $500 to $2,000, although some grants have been higher. The Society does not contribute to endowment appeals and does not grant awards to the same institution in consecutive years (with rare exceptions for unusual circumstances).

Applicants must submit:

  • Letter of application indicating that you are applying for the Pennsylvania Abolition Society Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation
  • Description of project or program to be funded and the desired amount (may be included in letter of application)
  • Application summary sheet
  • Background summary information about the organization and program
  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter

Download Application Summary Sheet [Adobe Acrobat format]

Mail to:
The Pennsylvania Abolition Society Fund
c/o The Philadelphia Foundation
1234 Market Street, Suite 1800
Philadelphia PA 19107

Awardees will be announced in early May 2015

2014 Cycle Awards

  • Abolitionist Law Center:  Human Rights Report on the Death Penalty
  • Art-Reach: Celebration of African American Arts
  • Belmont Mansion: "Heritage for the Future" Docent Training Camp
  • Chester Children's Chorus: Keyboard Kit
  • The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts: Arts-Infused Education at Chester Charter School for the Arts
  • Chester County Historical Society: Conservation of Passmore Williamson visitor's book
  • Cheyney University Archives:  Preservation/Scanning for a Dorsey Collection scrapbook
  • Constitution Center:  Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello
  • Ethical Humanist Society (Camp Linden):  Camp Linden Summer Children's Program
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania (2013 awardee):  Uncovering William Still's Underground Railroad
  • History Making Productions:  Civil Rights Poster
  • Library Company of Philadelphia: Constructing Freedom: African Americans after the Second American Revolution
  • The Mann Center:  Philadelphia Freedom Festival
  • Mercer Museum:  Traveling Exhibit, "For all the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights”
  • Villanova University:  Website on the Institute for Colored Youth in the Civil War Era

2013 Cycle Awards

  • African American Museum: Collection care seminars for smaller institutions
  • Byberry Friends Meeting: Robert Purvis PHMC marker
  • Citizens for the Restoration of Historical La Mott: Camp William Penn 150th anniversary
  • College of Physicians: Medical treatment of U. S. Colored Troops during Civil War
  • Fair Hill Burial Ground: Children's book on Robert Purvis
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania: planning grant for digitization of additional William Still materials
  • Images of the Motherland, public programming
  • Independence Seaport Museum: "Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware"
  • National History Day Philadelphia: program support
  • The Nia Center, exploring culture with NIA
  • Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, exhibition-based school lessons
  • Stenton/Historic Germantown: History Hunters Youth Reporter Program
  • Temple University: Special award in honor of Charles Blockson

Selected Prior Year Awards:

  • ArtReach: Celebration of African American Arts
  • Chester Fund for Education and the Arts: Core Arts Academic Enrichman, Chester-Upland
  • Cliveden of the National Trust: curriculum on the struggle for freedom
  • Ethical Humanist Society: Camp Linden Summer Camp
  • Historic Philadelphia, Inc.: storytelling initiative
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania: William Still Diary digitization
  • Friends of Independence National Park: teacher scholarships to summer institute
  • Library Company of Philadelphia: Program in African-American History
  • Moonstone Arts Center: Martin R. Delaney and the Politics of Identity
  • Pennsylvania Humanities Council: Camp William Penn Humanities on the Road program
  • Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent: Conservation of African American Quaker Dolls