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Apply to the Montco PA Counts 2020 Census Action Fund

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About the Montco PA Counts 2020 Action Fund

The Montco PA Counts Action Fund is a partnership between Montgomery County and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia (Philanthropy Network). It was created to support Montgomery County organizations in promoting a complete and accurate count of all residents in the upcoming 2020 Census.

The fund will provide grants up to $5,000 to nonprofit community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status that agree to advance the work of the 2020 Census in neighborhoods that are identified to be at risk of being undercounted.

Thank You to our Census Supporters

Grant Management

Montgomery County has contracted Philanthropy Network to provide grant management services for MontCo PA Counts 2020. Philanthropy Network is being paid a 10% fee for this service.

Proposal Review Process

The review committee will review applications as they are submitted. Pending a positive initial review, the proposal moves into a due diligence process designed to provide the review committee with a comprehensive understanding of the project—including overall goals, specific outputs, and the measurable impact of the project. During the proposal and due diligence review process, the applicant may be contacted by phone or email for additional information or clarifying questions.

Once the proposal has been reviewed, the full review committee will make final grant approvals. If the proposal is approved the grant agreement will be signed by Philanthropy Network and grantee, upon which the funding will be disbursed.  Grantees will receive detailed information regarding grant reporting, which will also be outlined in the grant agreement.

Review Committee

The review committee is comprised of representatives of Montgomery County and Philanthropy Network to ensure consistency and coordination across the Philly Counts Action Fund and the DelCo Counts Action Fund. Serving on the review committee are:

  • Joanne Kline, Representative of Montgomery County’s Complete Count Committee, and Program Consultant, VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn
  • Linda Abram, Lead Regional Giving Officer, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Hon. Val Arkoosh, Montgomery County Commissioner
  • Ashia Cooper, Program Officer, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation
  • Shira Hodges, Vice President, Strategy & Learning, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Overview of Grant Opportunity

The MontCo PA Counts 2020 Census Action Fund 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 be between $500 and $5,000. 

Grant Eligibility and Timeline

To be eligible for a grant from MontCo PA Counts 2020 Census Action Fund, applying organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Organizations applying for grants must be based in and primarily serve Montgomery County
  • Nonprofit community organizations applying must work with a committee of the Montgomery County Complete Count Committee
  • 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 to the Montco PA Counts 2020 Corporate and Philanthropy subcommittee
  • 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 per the schedule below. A revised timeline was posted on 2/21/20.

 **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**

To Apply

The PDF forms below provide a sample of the application form for the various funding levels available for the MontCo Counts 2020 Census Action Fund.

Please note that once you begin your application online you will NOT be able to save your work.


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Please direct additional questions to:
Shira Hodges,  Vice President, Strategy & Learning, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia