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Guidelines

PROGRAM AREAS
Proposals will be considered only for the following purposes.

  • Specific basic, medical research projects dealing with cancer, heart disease, or AIDS

  • Only four-year universities and colleges with MSCHE accreditation having financial aid programs for needy, worthy, full-time undergraduate students (No request ever is accepted directly from an individual student.)

  • To provide shelter, food or clothing for needy children (including low-income families with dependent children) or low-income elderly age 60 and above.

    The Trustees endeavor to keep abreast of the needs and conditions in the area served by the Trust and variations from these policies may be made at their discretion.

  • Support to non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia, Delaware River, area for maritime educational activities designed to: preserve historic maritime resources, increase public awareness, develop an appreciation for the maritime heritage of Philadelphia, or teach basic or advanced maritime skills.

HEART DISEASE, CANCER AND AIDS RESEARCH

The Trust awards grants for basic medical research primarily related to Heart Disease, Cancer, and AIDS. Funding is limited to nonprofit institutions such as universities, hospitals, and research centers located in the five-county Greater Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) or the City of Camden, NJ. Scientists and research faculty with appointments at the aforementioned institutions are encouraged to apply through their associated institution.

Applications are due by July 15th. The Trust typically notifies applicants of its decision by or before December 1st.

Guidelines
Please click here to download a PDF of the Medical Research application, including guidelines, eligibility criteria, and allowable uses of grant funds.

Apply Online
Ready to apply? Click here to access our online application for the Medical Research program.

The Trust no longer accepts hard copy or emailed applications. Please contact us if you need assistance with the online application: info@wwsmithcharitabletrust.org or 610-397-1844.

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COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Proposals for grants to colleges and universities are by invitation only, must be received by April 1, and will be awarded at the May Trustee meeting. Colleges are required to screen financial aid applicants and award the Trust’s scholarships only to full-time students, in good academic standing, who are considered most needy and worthy, and are permanent residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, as well as the City of Camden, New Jersey.

Proposals should detail the selection process suggested to identify qualified students whose financial needs are not being met by existing policies. Each Smith Scholar is required to write the Trustees a thank you letter.

Recipient institutions are visited biennially by Trust staff and/or Trustees. No grants are made for endowment, equipment, construction, capital campaigns, annual giving or other purposes.

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BASIC NEEDS PROGRAM

Through the Basic Needs program, the Trust awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide food, clothing, or shelter assistance to children and older adults who reside within the five-county Greater Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) or the City of Camden, NJ. Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis. Applications received by December 15th will be reviewed by the Trustees in March or April; those received by June 15th will be reviewed in September or October. Review our guidelines for complete details.

Guidelines
Please click here to download our Basic Needs guidelines, including eligibility criteria and allowable uses of grant funds.

Apply Online
Ready to apply?  Click here to access our online application.

The Trust no longer accepts hard copy or emailed applications. Please contact us if you need assistance with the online application: info@wwsmithcharitabletrust.org or 610-397-1844.

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PHILADELPHIA MARITIME

This program is restricted to the Philadelphia waterfront and funds only non-profit organizations whose main purpose is maritime education and/or maritime heritage preservation, and the preservation of the Gazela.

Proposals are accepted for the following submission deadline dates: December 15, June 15, and July 15. Proposals will be reviewed at the Trustees meeting corresponding to the appropriate deadline date.

The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust Project Summary Sheet must accompany each proposal.

Information Necessary for a Complete Maritime Proposal
Failure to include all documents will delay processing of proposal
Full application may NOT be submitted electronically

On separate pages please enclose:

  1. A cover letter stating the amount requested, including description and justification of the proposed project
  2. Completed W. W. Smith Charitable Trust Proposal Summary Sheet, from the above link
  3. Description of the project and explanation of how the grant will affect your program
  4. Complete project budget and timetable
  5. Current fiscal year operating budget of the organization
  6. List of top sources of funding (up to 5) in the last fiscal year for the organization
  7. Current Board list, including members’ employment affiliations, special areas of expertise, and years of service
  8. Summary of how the Board functions:
    1. Is it a working or fundraising board?
    2. Do all members participate and how?
    3. How many times do they meet in a year?
    4. Describe committees, if applicable.
    5. Do you have a strategic plan? Explain
  9. One paragraph description of key staff, including qualifications relevant to this request
  10. The most current complete IRS 990
  11. The most current audited financial statement
  12. A copy of the organization’s most current tax determination letter. If you are classified as a Supporting Organization (or Supported) 509(a)(3), please contact the Trust’s office for additional information.

Grant term is ONE YEAR.

Applicants are limited to one proposal at a time and one grant per calendar year.

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