The Foundation maintains an interest in projects that stretch across our priorities and align with more than one program area (Creative Communities, Great Learning, Watershed Protection). Cross-program projects represent opportunities to share thinking across sectors, address multiple goals within a single project, and learn from new approaches.
Cross-program projects must show clear alignment with the goals and approaches of at least two program areas and will be competitive for funding based on alignment with Foundation priorities, potential impact, and budget availability. Examples of previously funded cross-program projects include:
- Temple University: An initiative supported by the Creative Communities (Great Public Spaces) and Great Learning (Early Childhood Education) programs. The initiative, entitled Urban Thinkscapes, is designed to increase caregiver-child engagement through playful learning activities installed in public spaces.
- John Bartram’s Association: A project supported by the Watershed Protection (Constituency Building) and Creative Communities (Great Public Spaces) programs. The support is for capital projects and programming designed to enhance the use of Bartram’s Garden and its Schuylkill riverfront as a community recreational space and environmental center.
- Pennsylvania Head Start Association: An initiative supported by the Great Learning (Early Childhood Education) and Creative Communities (Arts Education) programs. The project is designed to improve the scores of students in Head Start classrooms through an arts integrated residency program focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning.
Funding outside of strategic priorities
The Foundation is continually testing new ideas and pushing the boundaries of our thinking. Within that context, we have created an internal approach that allows the current strategic priorities, set in 2013, to evolve as contexts change, new information and opportunities become available, and we learn from our grantmaking. To this end, as part of an ongoing process of learning and exploration, the Foundation will offer a number of grants designed to explore new, but related areas of work.
Additionally, we may make grants to support transformation, make possible exceptional civic opportunities, or advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region.