EKNA supports local initiatives through a mini-grant program. Proposals will be considered for funding at the EKNA general meetings during the months of February, April, July, and October.
Neighborhood groups and projects can apply by sending a one-page project proposal including:
- Impact that EKNA funds will have on the EKNA community
- Desired amount of funding
Proposals must be received via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the last day of the month immediately preceding the month when mini grant proposals will be presented to and voted on by the EKNA general membership. For example, if you would like your proposal to be heard and voted on at the October meeting, you would need to submit it no later than September 30. You will be invited to give a short presentation at the next membership meeting. Approval is based on membership vote and availability of funding. Funding amounts vary, but most grants are for $500 or less. For more information on guidelines and eligibility, please email email@example.com.
Please note the following requirements for organizations that are awarded a grant
- Awardees must specify the name of the person or organization that will deposit the check
- If an organization, please provide an EIN number if applicable
- Checks must be picked up within 30 days of award
- Checks must be deposited within 30 days of pick-up
- There is only one award per organization per year
- Awardees are expected to return to present their great work to the community six months after being awarded
- We ask that you provide pictures so we can show off the great work being done in the community!
Here are some examples of EKNA’s past mini-grant recipients:
- Support urban farming and youth programming at Emerald Street Urban Farm
- Pilot a Mobile Music program for students at Hackett Elementary School in partnership with Rock to the Future
- Fund the Philadelphia Public History Truck’s fall storytelling party, where residents of East Kensington got to share their stories and contribute artifacts to be part of a mobile history exhibit
- Fund renovations and children’s programming at Hagert Street Playground
- Co-sponsor the site announcement party for the Kensington Community Food Co-op, a community-owned grocery store opening in the Kensington area
- Assist Friends of Hackett School in obtaining their 501c3 designation
- Help fund nutritious snacks and art supplies for the play school By My Side Neighborhood Parenting Group
- Provide support for Kensington Soccer Club’s end of the season celebration