Our Recent Grantees

Spruce Foundation awards $5,000 grants through a rigorous application process to local, emerging non-profits working to empower at-risk youth. One partner organization is selected each year in each of our four program areas: education, arts, health and wellness, and LGBTQ. Our 2016 grantees are highlighted below.


The Portside Arts Center brings visual arts, performing arts, and music education into the daily lives of the members of the North East Philadelphia community through classes, workshops, exhibitions and performances. Its mission is to empower the children and adults of the community with opportunities to develop their artistic abilities, awaken their imaginations, and build self-esteem and confidence. Learn more at PortsideArtsCenter.org!


Boat Build and Sail, a program of the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, provides apprenticeships in traditional wooden-boat making, sail making, and seamanship – and provides training in watershed education and environmental advocacy – to youth at risk of dropping out of high school. This year-long, out of school program is being expanded to middle school students with the goal of preparing middle school students for high school, and preparing high school students for post-secondary education and life. Learn more at WoodenBoatFactory.org.


Health & Wellness

Greener Partners aims to create healthy communities through food, farms, and education. Participants in its programs get their hands dirty, explore how food grows, and taste the sweet rewards of growing their own food—improving food access through hands-on learning opportunities. The Spruce Foundation grant will help send students in Greener Partner's SOL work-readiness internship program to the Rooted in Community Youth Leadership Summit to learn how to apply their leadership skills toward food justice. Learn more at www.greenerpartners.org


Girls Rock Philly empowers girls and young women through music education and activities that foster leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Through summer camp, after-school instrument lessons, and year-round youth leadership opportunities, GRP uses a multigenerational mentoring model to create safe spaces conducive to self-empowerment. The Spruce Foundation's grant will support a new songwriting workshop series for queer youth. Learn more at www.girlsrockphilly.org.