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Application Guidelines

The Welfare Foundation has two application cycles each year - one in the Spring and one in the Fall - with the following deadline dates: 


  • Spring Cycle - April 15th

  • Fall Cycle - October 15th


The Trustees meet in early June to review the Spring grant applications and then in early December to review the Fall grant applications.


Applicants will typically be notified whether or not they were awarded a grant within two weeks of the Trustee meeting, and those awarded funding will receive a check shortly thereafter.


Grant applications must be submitted via the organization's online application system, which can be found by clicking the blue "Apply for a Grant" button to the left.


Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on the application deadline dates shown above or else they will not be considered for funding.​

Please see our Areas of Giving for more information about the criteria for our charitable contributions and our historical focus areas.

Please note that the Foundation's geographic area is the State of Delaware and southern Chester County as defined by the United Way of Southern Chester County. In addition, its primary focus is on capital grants. If you have an operational need, please contact us to set up a meeting to discuss the specifics of your request before submitting your application.


Also, the Welfare Foundation does not provide annual support. As such, if you have previously received funding from us, we kindly ask that you wait a minimum of three (3) years before submitting another request. If you have an urgent need and it has been less than three years, please contact us to set up a meeting, so we can better understand your situation.

Application Checklist


The following items are required for your online application:


  1. An overview of your organization, including the date you were founded, your mission statement, the services you provide, and the demographics you serve.

  2. Details regarding the organization's financial health and stability, including your annual budget, your prior year's income & expenses and assets & liabilities, and sources of funding (donated and self-generated).

  3. The budget specific to the project for which you are requesting funding and a list of other funders you've secured (or are requesting) funding from for the project. 

  4. A list of your Board of Directors and Advisory Committees 

  5. A copy of your organization’s 501(c)(3) tax determination letter from the IRS.

  6. An independent audit (or review) from a CPA firm.

NOTE: We strongly encourage you to arrange a meeting with us prior to submitting your application. Given the extremely high-volume of applications and our limited funds, it is best for us to hear from you about your project.



If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact Kristin Sommers at 302-250-4966 any time Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm EST or send an email to

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