What We Fund

PLEASE NOTE – The Genuardi Family Foundation recently announced changes to our Core Grant Program, most noticeably to the issue areas we are funding.  Starting with our 2019 grant cycle, the Core Grant Program will return to an open application process.  Please review the following details to determine if your organization meets our eligibility prior to submitting a Letter of Inquiry in 2019. 

Funding through the Genuardi Family Foundation Core Grant Program supports organizations that provide direct services in one or more of the following issue areas:

  1. Food access and security
  2. Homelessness prevention and housing
  3. Job training and placement

Examples of direct services that will be considered for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Food access and security: Meal delivery, food banks/pantries, and efforts to improve access to healthy and nutritious food for populations and geographic areas with limited access
  • Homelessness prevention and housing: Shelters, case management, rapid re-housing, and support that directly prevents homelessness
  • Job training and placement: programs that increase vocational skills, enhance job readiness, and facilitate job placement, with a special emphasis on training and opportunities for people with disabilities

Eligibility

The Foundation welcomes both general operating and program-specific grant requests that meet our eligibility requirements. Eligible applicants must have documented 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Organizations must provide a majority of their services to residents of Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and/or Bucks Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, with special consideration for the neighborhoods and communities where Genuardi Family Markets operated prior to 2001.

Preference will be given to organizations that demonstrate:

  • At least 75% of its programs and budget are allocated to providing direct services in one or more of the Foundation’s priority areas (food access, homelessness prevention, and/or job training)
  • Financial sustainability and a sound business model, including financial support from a variety of sources (ex. government, foundations, companies, individuals) for the organization and its programs
  • Use of volunteers, when allowable
  • Reasonable costs associated with running the organization and programs
  • The need for and potential impact of a partnership with Genuardi Family Foundation

Grant Sizes and Duration

Grants will be awarded in the range of $10,000 to $25,000 per year. The Foundation reserves the right to award multi-year grants at its discretion.

Exclusions

Please note that Genuardi Family Foundation does not consider requests through its Core Grant Program for:
  • Organizations with the majority of their services provided outside of Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Bucks Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Issue areas other than food access and security, homelessness prevention and housing, and job training and placement
  • Capital projects, including equipment purchase or replacement
  • General fundraising, annual appeals, or special events
  • Individuals
  • Fraternal and/or civic organizations
  • Political candidates or parties
  • Political Action Committees (PACs) engaged in influencing legislation
  • Public radio or television
  • Endowment drives
  • Debt reduction
  • Public, private, or parochial schools
  • Neighborhood gardens and co-ops

Each year, the Foundation is able to fund only a fraction of the requests that are reviewed. For 2019 and onward, the Foundation is narrowing its scope to increase its positive impact in three targeted areas. As a result, the Foundation will award fewer grants, and the process will be more competitive than in the past. Grants will be awarded to organizations that fit clearly within the eligibility and preference guidelines, and to organizations that demonstrate strength in program delivery, operations, and leadership.

Through its grantmaking programs, Genuardi Family Foundation seeks to invest in and improve the communities that supported Genuardi Family Markets during the several decades and generations that the family owned this landmark regional business. While the Foundation’s legacy is an outgrowth of the tradition of giving established by its family’s business, neither the Genuardi family nor its Foundation are now associated with Genuardi Family Markets. Its priorities for giving are its own.