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2020 Census Action Funds

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The DelCo Counts, MontCo PA Counts and Philly Counts 2020 Census Action Funds were established to support county-based organizations who are working to actively promote participation in the 2020 Census.  The Action Funds are all accepting grant proposals between now and Spring 2020, and will fund organizations in their respective counties who are prepared to support the promotion and completion of the 2020 Census. See below for additional details.

Fund Strategies

Accurate census data is essential for the fair distribution of political representation and the equitable distribution of resources. Census data also allows for the planning and decision-making for all sectors. Although philanthropy can’t and shouldn’t supplant the government’s responsibility to conduct a proper census, funder engagement in support of the constitutionally required count is more important than ever.

Read the latest coverage here.
 

County Action Funds

Delaware County 2020 Census Action Fund

The Foundation for Delaware County and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia have partnered to launch the DelCo Counts 2020 Census Action Fund. The Action Fund will work to ensure Delaware County residents have a complete count in the 2020 Census.

Link to this page for details on how to apply to the DelCo Counts 2020 Census Action Fund.


Montgomery County 2020 Census Action Fund

MontCo PA Counts 2020 and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia have partnered to launch the MontCo Counts 2020 Census Action Fund. The Action Fund will work to help Montgomery County communities receive necessary funding to ensure a complete count of all those in Montgomery County.

Link to this page for details on how to apply to the MontCo Counts 2020 Census Action Fund.

Please direct questions to:

  • Shira Hodges, Vice President, Strategy & Learning, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
  • Joanne Kline, MontCo PA Counts Complete Count Committee Representative


Philly Counts 2020 Census Action Fund

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and Philly Counts 2020 have partnered to launch The Philly Counts 2020 Action Fund. The Action Fund seeks to ensure Philadelphia communities receive their fair share of federal dollars and representation as a result of a complete count of all Philadelphians.

Read coverage of the fund's launch in the Philadelphia Inquirer ('Philly seeks money for 2020 Census' by Michaelle Bond) and follow the links below for more information.

Link to this page for details on how to apply to the Philly Counts 2020 Action Fund.

Please direct questions to:

  • Shira Hodges, Vice President, Strategy & Learning, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
  • Olivia Baackes, Philly Counts 2020, Director of Philanthropic & Corporate Engagement, City of Philadelphia

 

Fund Principles

  • Community Involvement and Empowerment: The Fund is specifically looking to support and empower community-based organizations. Grants will aim to develop the skills and capacity of the communities at risk of being undercounted in addition to laying the groundwork for a complete count. 
  • Responsive Flexibility: The Fund is structured to allow for quick decisions and swift disbursement of funding to local organizations. This functionality puts donations to work quickly. It also enables us to pivot easily as we receive real-time information from our grantees regarding priorities. 

Action Fund Goals

  • Increase communication and coordination of work around Census 2020
  • Achieve effective, efficient strategies and increased philanthropic investments
  • Support education, community outreach, regional communications, policy advocacy and other “Get Out the Count” activities
  • Prioritize funding in hard-to-count communities, referring to hard to locate, hard to contact, hard to persuade and hard to interview populations.  

 

For Funders

Fund Structure

The Action Funds will be held at Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and each will have its own Review Committee. The Review Committee will be responsible for approving all funding decisions.

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia is providing the grant support team for the Philly Counts 2020 Action Fund* and MontCo Counts 2020 Action Fund. The support team will be made up of a core team that will be responsible for preparation and set-up work of the fund. Philanthropy Network will provide fund leadership, back office support, and program management. The Foundation for Delaware County will provide the fund leadership and grant management for the DelCo Counts Action Fund. Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia will provide the back-office support.

Philanthropy Network will work with each Action Fund on fundraising and marketing, ensuring timely appeals and updates to donors.

* Disclaimer: Please note, should you decide to contribute, your contribution neither advantages nor disadvantages you from pursuing contracting opportunities or in obtaining services or other benefits from the City of Philadelphia.  We expect that contributions to support Philly Counts 2020 Action Fund are for a public purpose and are made without the expectation of private benefit or concern about adverse effect as a result. In addition, please note that City law requires transparency of solicitations made by a City official or employee to current or prospective City professional services contractors, recipients of financial assistance or principal contractors or subcontractors for best value contracts. Therefore, if you seek or already have either a professional services contract or a best value contract with the City, or seek or already receive financial assistance from the City, and in the prior two years any City officer or employee directly solicited you or a representative of your organization for your contribution, you must disclose the name and title of the soliciting City officer or employee, the date of the request, the amount/nature of the request, whether/when the request was fulfilled, and the amount/nature of your response (e.g., amount of contribution).  For more detailed information on the City’s disclosure/eligibility requirements, including mandatory deadlines for filing disclosures, please refer to https://secure.phila.gov/econtract/.

 

Overview of Grant Opportunity

The Action Funds will consider proposals that meet the following criteria:

  • Proposals should promote census awareness and completion in a hard to count community within Philadelphia. Examples include:
  • Alleviating language barriers in promoting census awareness and completion
  • Building trust in communities regarding protected Census data
  • Unique marketing campaigns designed to encourage Census participation
  • Building organizational capacity through technology and training

Typical grant requests will vary based on county. Higher grant requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
 

Grant Eligibility and Timeline

To be eligible for a grant from the Action Funds, applying organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Organizations applying for grants must be based in and primarily serve Philadelphia county
  • The application must be for a grant that will be fully spent by July 31, 2020
  • If awarded funding, the organization must agree to complete a grant completion report and potentially a presentation in their respective counties
  • Funding will not be approved for general operating costs. Only project-specific support is available through this fund.
  • Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by the committee every other month.

 **Please Note: All grants are subject to fund availability. There may be times when applications are held until a subsequent round as funds become available**

 

Questions?

Please direct questions to: 
Shira Hodges, Vice President, Strategy & Learning, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
shira@philanthropynetwork.org