Apply Now or Nominate Someone as a Community Champion

The Community Champions Awards & Grants Challenge is an initiative by the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity to celebrate individuals and community-based organizations that have served communities of color and those with low incomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals selected will receive one-time grants or cash assistance of $2,500. Organizations selected will receive a $20,000 grant and ten runner-ups will receive $12,500.

Eligibility Criteria for Individuals  

  • Must be nominated by a non-profit organization, community-based organization, elected official and/or City commission or board  
  • Must live in Philadelphia as a permanent, year-round resident  
  • Must have provided community service or volunteerism during the pandemic (between March 17, 2020 and March 14, 2022)  
  • Must be able to demonstrate that they are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (i.e., supplying a 2019 or 2020 tax return or similar documentation that demonstrates income) 
  • Must be able to demonstrate an emergency financial hardship (i.e., a utility shutoff notice, eviction notice, or similar financial crisis)  
  • Must not be currently employed by the City of Philadelphia 
  • Must be eligible to receive Financial Assistance under Section 17-1404 of the Philadelphia Code 

Eligibility Criteria for Nonprofit Organizations  

  • Must be based in Philadelphia and benefit Philadelphians  
  • Must submit documentation demonstrating an annual budget under $1 million  
  • Must have current 501(c)(3) IRS status or a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) IRS status and be in good standing with the IRS  
  • Must serve Philadelphians at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level  
  • The activities this grant will fund must have begun during the period of March 17, 2020 to March 14, 2022. 

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