The Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $20 million in support of education, public spaces, and the environment.
Through its Great Learning program, the foundation awarded twenty-two grants totaling nearly $15 million in support of efforts to engage families in their children's education, create literacy-rich environments, ensure quality early childhood education, and support advocacy, public information, and civic engagement around education issues. Grant recipients include the People's Emergency Center, which was awarded $1.4 million to pilot a home visiting program for families in emergency or transitional housing; Too Small to Fail, which will receive $253,400 to pilot the "Family Read, Play & Learn Spaces" program in laundromats; and Philadelphia Public School Notebook, which was awarded $600,000 to partner with Chalkbeat on local efforts to advance early learning.
The foundation also awarded four grants totaling $1.6 million through its Great Public Spaces program, including $495,000 to the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia in support of park and transportation improvements at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In addition, thirteen grants totaling $2.7 million were awarded in support of Watershed Protection efforts in the region, the City of Philadelphia's "Green City, Clean Waters" stormwater plan, and constituency-building initiatives. Recipients include the National Parks Conservation Association, which was awarded $225,000 in support of outreach and organizing efforts in communities that abut First State National Park in Delaware and the Upper Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New York; Greenprint Partners, which will receive $320,000 in support of green stormwater infrastructure projects in Philadelphia; and the Pocono Environmental Education Center, which was awarded $315,000 to provide watershed education and stewardship programming to middle and high school students and local residents.