Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund

About the Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund   

The Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund is a partnership between the City of Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) and Bread & Roses Community Fund to support community-based nonprofit organizations that serve communities of color and those with low incomes, which have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The program is a community-driven grantmaking process in which residents in the affected communities are responsible for: 

  • evaluating applicants,  
  • determining funding priorities,  
  • and making funding decisions.  

The community-driven grantmaking process advances equity by returning control to the community so that people affected by the issues work toward their own solutions. 

Organizations that are experiencing financial hardship, are at risk of closing, or have reduced services due to the pandemic are encouraged to apply. Grants of $15,000 will be made to organizations that work with vulnerable populations around issues including, but not limited to:  

  • health education,  
  • food distribution,  
  • family support,  
  • and community organizing to address barriers to support.   

Organizations may use funds to support payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, or other operating expenses; and to provide and organize mutual aid projects. This program is partially funded by a Community Services Block Grant through the City of Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity. 

Does my group qualify for a grant from the Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund?  

The Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund makes grants to community groups that:  

  • be physically located and providing services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • have annual operating expenses less than $3 million dollars   
  • 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   
  • Are providing services in at least one of the following 15 zip codes with poverty rates greater than or equal to the city average of 25%: 19104, 19120, 19121, 19122, 19124, 19131, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19139, 19140, 19141, 19142, 19143, and 19144   
  • have been operating on March 1, 2019, and continuously through March 1, 2020   
  • demonstrate that all funds from this grant will be spent for the benefit of low-income Philadelphia residents with income levels at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines ($53,000 annually for a household of 4)   
  • be able to document and report on use of grant funds   
  • demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion with respect to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and cognitive ability, immigration status, and religion, among participants, board members, leadership team, and staff   
  • have decision-makers (board members, leadership team, staff) that reflect the communities being served by the organization    

What is the award size for grants from the Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund?  

The Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund will make 25 grants of $15,000 in this cycle.  

Who makes decisions about grants?  

Grant decisions will be made by a Community Grantmaking Committee comprised of community members, including residents from the fund’s target zip codes, and staff members from CEO. Bread & Roses will lead a consensus-based decision-making process which will center the voices of committee members who are most impacted by COVID-19.   

What is the deadline to apply for the Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund?  

The deadline for the first round of this fund has now passed.

We anticipate a second round of funding to open in fall 2021.

How can I learn more?  

We held a virtual information session on May 20. Click here to view the slides or click here to view a video of the recording.

If you have questions about the fund, please contact  

Where does the money come from for these grants?  

The funding for the Neighborhood Equitable Recovery Fund was provided by the federal CSBG CARES Act from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was disbursed through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.