Grant Application & FAQs

Spruce's 2017 Grant Application Is Now Closed

If you have any questions about your application, please contact 



When will The Spruce Foundation grant application be available?

The application for the 2017-18 grant cycle will go live on Monday, October 16th, 2017.

Where can I find the grant application?

Once the grant is live, you can find the grant application by visiting and clicking the “Apply for a Grant” button at the top of the page.

When is the application due?

All applications and supplemental materials are due on Wednesday, December 20th by 5:00 pm. Please be sure to submit all materials in a timely manner.

When will I find out if I receive a grant from The Spruce Foundation?

The Spruce Foundation will send out announcements about the status of your application in February 2018.

Are there word limits?

There are word limits for each question, which can be found on the prompt for each question. There are no word limits for supplemental application materials.

Are site visits part of the application process?

No, site visits are not conducted during the application process. However, if you are selected as a grantee we will expect to see your site and programs in person during the funding cycle.


Can I save my application progress and return to it?

The application does not have a “save” feature. We recommend that you download a copy of the questions or copy and paste the questions into a Word document and type your answers there. Then you can copy and paste your answers into the appropriate boxes on the application and attach supplementary materials.

What if I have uploading issues with my application?

We recommend downloading a local copy of the application and completing your application in a separate Word document. When you are ready to submit, you can copy and paste your answers into the appropriate places on the application. We recommend using Google Chrome to submit your application. Please ensure that you have the most recent version of Chrome installed on your computer. Additionally, please review the file size limits for supplemental material. We strongly encourage applicants to apply before the deadline in order to avoid technical difficulties.

If you continue to have technical issues with your application, please email The Spruce foundation will not accept applications time stamped after 5 pm on December 20th, 2017.

I'm having trouble accessing the budget template in the application. What should I do?

You can access the template here. Please email if you continue to have issues accessing the document.

Who can I reach out to with questions about the grant application?

Please send any application questions to Please note, we are an all-volunteer organization and will make every effort to respond to inquiries within 48 hours. We appreciate your patience, especially as the grant application deadline approaches.


Does my organization have to be located in Philadelphia to apply for a grant?

Yes. Eligible applicants must have an office located in Philadelphia County and have a zip code beginning with 19 (e.g. 19110).

If I previously applied for or was awarded a Spruce Foundation grant, can I reapply?

Previous awardees and prior applicants are welcome to reapply for a Spruce Foundation grant.

Are there are budget requirements for applicants?

As a general requirement, all applicants must have a total organizational budget under $800,000. The Spruce Foundation awards two types of grants - operational and programmatic. Organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $300,000 are eligible for an operational grant. Organizations with annual operating budgets of more than $300,000 are only eligible for programmatic grants.


Is there a separate application for each grant category?

There is only one application, and you will be asked to select the category for which you are applying on the application.

What are the Spruce Foundation grant categories?
The Spruce Foundation awards grants in the following categories:

  • Arts
  • Education - CTE
  • Health & Wellness

What does CTE stand for in the Education grant category?
CTE stands for Career and Technical Education. The Spruce Foundation supports education programs that work with Philadelphia youth in the space of Career and Technical Education; e.g. programs that provided students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.

How will my application be scored?

The Spruce Foundation creates and trains a specific committee of board members and volunteers to review each application. Applications are evaluated according to a comprehensive rubric that evaluates the following:

  • Alignment with Spruce mission
    • Serving Philadelphia youth
    • Innovation
    • Commitment to Partnership with Spruce
  • Community need
  • Community impact
  • Utilization of best practices for program/project
  • Volunteer culture
  • Program evaluation
  • Financial sustainability

What makes a strong application?

A strong application will outline a proposal that includes at least one of the following:

  • A locally focused project
  • An innovative project or initiative
  • Clear strategy for engaging your community
  • Long-term impact on beneficiaries
  • Clear evaluation approach
  • Detailed line item budget

How do you define “innovative?”

The Spruce Foundation looks to support organizations that implement or evaluate programs and services in a new or different way or a way that has not been implemented regionally. This could also include serving a need that has not been met before.

Where can I find information on past and current Spruce grantees?

Information about our grantees can be found here.