Lindback Foundation: Philadelphia Grants

OVERVIEW: The Lindback Foundation provides small but steady funding for Philadelphia's high schools and colleges. It has a strict education focus and prefers to fund public schools over private schools in the city.

IP TAKE: Don't be fooled by the foundation's program page. Lindback does fund educational causes beyond the realm of public high schools and Philadelphia colleges. Most grants are only for $5,000 to $20,000 a piece, but you can definitely submit a proposal for non-award program funding or general operating support.

KEY INFO: The Lindback Foundation makes us a bit nostalgic for the good old days when life was simpler and a milkman brought dairy products to your door. Christian R. Lindback was the president and principal owner of Abbotts Dairies, Inc., and his industry success allowed him and his wife to engage in charitable giving. The Lindback Foundation was established in Christian's will to support educational causes in the city of Philadelphia. The foundation has been recognizing outstanding faculty members in higher education since 1961, and 52 colleges and universities currently participate in its program.

With a strict focus on education, Lindback has three distinct programs for high schools, colleges, and universities. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Awards, in the amount of $4,000, are granted to colleges and universities in the Greater Delaware Valley area. Lindback also awards $3,500 grants to high schools to honor one teacher from every Philadelphia public high school each year. The most recent grant program is Lindback's Distinguished Principal Award, in which high school principals can receive $15,000 for their schools for exemplary leadership and humanitarian contributions.

In addition to these well-established foundation programs, Lindback makes discretionary grants for specific education programs, general operating support, demonstrations, experiments, and seed-money projects. However, Lindback won't consider funding any projects outside of the Greater Philadelphia area, medical or scientific research, construction projects, individuals, or advocacy groups.

The funder recently implemented an online discretionary grant application system to replace its old paper mailing system. The spring cycle, for example, has a mid-March deadline. For current deadline dates, check out the foundation's Guidelines page. Lindback doesn't like to see repeat offenders, so wait a couple of years to apply for a grant if you've already received one. Some past local grants included $15,000 to the Curtis Institute of Music, $15,000 to Lincoln University, and $5,000 to Clay Studio.

Lindback is run by a very small staff, with only a few trustees and minimal overhead. Simply put, this is an education-funding foundation for Philadelphia high schools and colleges. If you have general questions about the application process, you can contact the foundation headquarters at 215-979-1555. The firm Duane Morris LLP administers the day-to-day operations of the foundation, so that's who you'll want to get in touch with.

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