The Innovation Lab Grant Program is now open. Applications are due by April 27, 2021.
Designed by our community partners, the Innovation Lab grant program is a unique approach to grantmaking that funds innovative, system-changing project ideas that will create a more financially resilient and just social safety net in Montgomery County, PA.
Projects funded through the Innovation Lab
The Innovation Lab offers two distinct types of project grants:
(1) Design Grants, which support grantees and their partners to fully research and design a systems change idea, and
(2) System Impact Grants, which support grantees and their partners in the implementation of the systems change work.
Design Grants (Available Spring/Summer 2021)
Design grants are short term (suggested 4-8 months) and are funded up to $30,000. The purpose of these grants is to develop a long-term change strategy and partnership plan that will address a problem in the Montgomery County safety net system.
Design grants are meant to give organizations the time and resources to fully outline a systems change initiative, build trust with their partners, and determine whether the project could be expanded into a System Impact Grant.
System Impact Grants (Not Available Spring/Summer 2021)
System Impact Grants are long term (anticipated timeframe of 2-3 years) and will initially be funded up to $100,000 for the first year, with a declining sum in subsequent years.
Projects must serve Montgomery County residents. Applicants must have a 501(c)(3), have a fiscal intermediary, be a religious organization, or part of Montgomery County government. Applicants must apply with at least one partner organization.
The Innovation Lab application period is open. Applications are due by close of business on April 27, 2021.
How to Apply
To apply for grants through our Foundation, access our online grant application. Organizations that have not applied to us before will need to set up their account in our system first. If you are unsure if you organization has an account, or you do not have the login credentials, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Foundation publishes a Request for Proposals which outlines the intent and eligibility requirements for the Innovation Lab Grant Program. Please download the RFP below. As well, please note that the Innovation Lab Grant Program is intended to support grant project ideas prioritized by our community partners through the Blueprint for a Better Safety Net, which is also linked below for download. We encourage all interested applicants to review both documents before starting an application.
Information Session & Other Tips for Applying
The Foundation is hosting an Information Session on March 24th for all interested applicants. Please register here.
As well, we strongly encourage all interested applicants to discuss their project idea with the Foundation staff prior to starting their application. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a time for discussion.