Three Things to Know about Horner Foundation Grantmaking

It’s entirely possible that Philadelphia nonprofits have never heard of the Horner Foundation because it keeps a pretty low profile around town. However, Philadelphia is one of this funder’s regions of focus and a great one to know if you’re working in the arena of education for underserved youth.

Here are three things that Philadelphia groups should know about Horner’s grantmaking.

Funding Reaches Four Regions

Horner extends its grantmaking to four very different parts of the world. In Philadelphia, the grantmaking focus is on sports-based youth development programs that provide after-school activities for at-risk kids. However, the specific emphasis in Horner’s other regions is a bit different.

For example, Horner’s Bay Area funding in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties of California is all about the local food system in low-income communities and empowering girls through creative programs. Moving up to British Columbia, Canada, Horner supports food security in the Greater Victoria region that involves youth. But in the United Kingdom, Horner’s support is also for youth development through sports teams to promote teamwork and healthy lifestyles.

Grants Are Awarded Every Two Years

Grantseekers will need to wait a while until the next Horner grant cycle. The most recent round of grants was announced in August 2015, and the funder only provides grants every two years. The next grant cycle will open in January 2017.

To receive notifications about the next grant cycle, send the Horner team an email at This is the same email address where LOI submissions are to be sent electronically.

Project and Capital Funding Are Provided

One thing to keep in mind about Horner is that it doesn’t limit its funding to program support. It’s not uncommon to see Horner provide capital funding for costs like salary and infrastructure. Most grants are between $10,000 and $50,000, typically for two-year periods. Grants are not awarded to individuals.

A list of past grants for the 2015-2017 is available on the Updates & Grantees page of the foundation website. Recent Philadelphia grantees were Legacy Youth Tennis & Education, Neighborhood Bike Works, Squash Smarts, and the International Student Academy. These grants were related to sports and youth in the city.

To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile, The Horner Foundation: Philadelphia Grants.