Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe.
If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20 to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22

Culture & recreation

Apply for a Philadelphia Activities Fund grant

The Philadelphia Activities Fund, Inc. (the Fund) is a non-profit corporation. Established by the mayor and City Council and managed by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Fund supports people and communities through projects that promote sportsmanship, the arts, and health.

The Fund awards grant money to projects that:

  • Serve diverse audiences.
  • Provide skills training.
  • Offer learning or motivational experiences.

The average grant award is between $500 – $1,000. That money can be used for things like:

  • Supplies.
  • Materials.
  • Umpiring and referee fees.
  • Postage.
  • Other program costs.

The grant cannot be used for capital costs, like repairing buildings, new construction, or other building fees. 


The grant is only for non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, or their subsidiaries.

Non-profit organizations that have received Philadelphia Cultural Fund Grants or Anti-Drug Initiative Grants are not eligible for the Philadelphia Activities Fund Grant.

Where and when

Applications are accepted between March 1 and May 1 each year.


Choose one method to apply:

Apply by email

Download application.
Use your computer to fill out your application.
Save it to a place you can find easily.
Email your completed application to PAFgrant@phila.gov.

Apply by mail or in person

Download application.
Use your computer to fill it out.
Print your application and fill in any missing areas.
Hand deliver or mail two copies of the application to:
The Philadelphia Activities Fund
1515 Arch St., 10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Each city council district office reviews applications and awards grants. Those who receive grants will have to submit occasional reports or host site visits. Details will be provided in the grant contract.