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Pennsylvania Abolition Society (PAS) Grants
Due Date: January 12, 2018

Because of the early January weather events
and school closures,
we have extended the grant deadline
to Friday, January 12, 2018

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.

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.

Ineligible requests: The Society does not accept funding requests

  • from individuals
  • for endowment appeals
  • for 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

Mail to:
The Pennsylvania Abolition Society Fund
c/o The Philadelphia Foundation
1835 Market Street, Suite 2410
Philadelphia PA 19103

2017 Cycle Awards

  • African-American Museum: Juneteenth Parade and Festival
  • Ben Franklin, Celebration of 2018 Birthday Celebration: "Race Relations and Human Rights"
  • Chester Fund for Education and for the Arts: Arts Integration at the Chester Charter School for the Arts
  • Community Learning Center: High School Equivalency Fee Voucher Program
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania: HSP Encounters and the PAS Records (biographical/genealogical database project)
  • Historic Philadelphia / Betsy Ross House: Phillis the Washerwoman
  • IPIPC New Africa Cente: The Lancaster Ave Historic New Freedom District Tours
  • Library Company of Philadelphia: Program in African American History
  • Philadelphia History Museum: Scholarships for History Lessons
  • Pulley & Buttonhole Theater: One More River to Cross
  • Villanova University: Last Seen--Finding Family After Slavery
2016 Cycle Awards
  • Abraham Lincoln Foundation - History Making Productions: O. V. Catto 16 pg newspaper and study guide
  • Beacon Theatre: Frederick Douglass in the Community program
  • Chester Children's Chorus:  Junior Counselor leadership development
  • Eastern State Penitentiary: Searchlight Series
  • Historic Fair Hill: Field trip program
  • Jubilee School: Children's Campaign Against Police Brutality
  • Kennett Underground Railroad Center
  • National History Day Philadelphia: Program support
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Family Arts Academy and School Visit Program
  • YWCA Tri County Area: Stand Against Racism

2015 Cycle Awards

  • Cliveden: Interactive dramatic experience about the lives of people enslaved by the Chew family at Cliveden
  • Friends of Independence Historical Park (collaboration with the African American Museum of Philadelphia: Emancipation 2015: Considering the Relevancy and Legacy of Emancipation, 1865-2015
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania: William Still digital history project
  • Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County: Bucktoe Cemetery Summer Education Program
  • Moonstone Arts Center: Hidden History program, "Education in Black and White: The Institute for Colored Youth, Octavius V. Catto and the Struggle for Freedom"
  • Pennsylvania Humanities Council: Light Up Chester awards program to demonstrate how the arts, culture, and creative expression light up Chester PA
  • Pennsylvania Prison Society: To support the publication of Graterfriends, a bimonthly newsletter by and for a prison population that is disproportionately low-income and African American
  • Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater-Kent: Exhibition-based school lessons for public school students

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:  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