Kent-Lucas Foundation: Grants for the Mid-Atlantic States

OVERVIEW: The Kent-Lucas Foundation supports hospitals, community, children’s services, and education in the Mid-Atlantic area and other regions of interest.

FUNDING AREAS: Hospitals, community, children’s services, education

IP TAKE: This is a low-key funder based in Delaware that prioritizes the Philadelphia metropolitan area. It does not maintain a public presence or website, restricting transparency about grant guidelines.

PROFILE: Established in 1968, the Kent-Lucas Foundation is a private foundation based in Wilmington, Delaware. The Atwater Kent Foundation is a foundation donor, and officers and trustees are Elizabeth K. Van Alen as president and treasurer, Cassandra V.A. Ludington as vice president, James L. Van Alen, II as vice president, William L. Van Alen, Jr. as vice president, and James R. Weaver as secretary. It funds local efforts for hospitals, community, children’s services, and education.

The Kent-Lucas Foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. Broad interests include the arts and humanities, children, youth ministry, construction, education, health, and social services. Grants often go towards the current operations of nonprofit grantees. Annual grantmaking totals have been around $160,000 in recent years.

Grants range between about $25 and $20,000. Many grants are under $5,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking largely focuses on Pennsylvania, Maine, and Florida. However, it will consider grant requests from other regions as well. Past local grantees include the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Zoological Society of Philadelphia, and Academy of Natural Sciences.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The foundation outlines its procedure for grant applications in its annual tax filings. There are no special forms required, but the funder specifies the required application materials. Grantseekers should submit applications to the attention of Elizabeth K. Van Alen and send them by mail. Direct general questions to the staff at 302-478-4383.


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