Apply to Resiliency Initiative

*** The deadline has passed and the foundation is no longer accepting applications to participate in this initiative. ***

As part of its new Safety Net Resiliency Initiative, the foundation is offering interested organizations the opportunity to apply to participate in one or more Design Teams. Each organization selected to participate will receive a $6,000 stipend, in recognition of the time required to engage in this facilitated process of system redesign. Although organizations may apply to participate in more than one Design Team (via one application), only one stipend will be granted to each organization.

Information Sessions

The foundation is hosting information sessions for interested organizations. Each session will include instructions on how to apply to participate and an opportunity to ask questions. All sessions will be held in the Walton Room at the Community Partners Center at 2506 North Broad Street in Colmar:

  • Thursday, January 4; 9:00 – 11:00am
  • Tuesday, January 9; 9:30 – 11:30am
  • Tuesday, January 16; 9:30 – 11:30am

Organizations interested in participating in the Design Teams or the Community of Practice are strongly encouraged but not required to attend one of these sessions. 

Although the information sessions have passed, you may contact the foundation staff with any questions.

Participation Requirements

System design work is messy and often non-linear, yet can also be exhilarating and empowering. To ensure the best outcome for Design Teams and the initiative, applicant organization must agree to the following participation requirements (March – September 2018):

  • Agree to send 1-2 organizational representatives, with decision making authority for the organization, to participate in at least one Design Team and the Community of Practice. As consistency is important for this initiative, no substitutions will be allowed for any meeting.
  • Attend approximately 20-30 hours of meetings from March through September. Please note, these hours do not include any additional tasks between meetings that may be required.
    • Attend at least 4 of the 6 monthly meetings of each Design Team. Each Design Team meeting will last approximately 3 hours. Visit the initiative's Overview page for the Design Team meeting schedule. (If an organization participates in more than one Design Team, it will be required to attend at least 4 of the 6 meetings for each Design Team.)
    • Attend at least 2 of the 3 Community of Practice meetings. Each Community of Practice meeting will last approximately 3 hours.
  • Contribute to the initiative evaluation, as requested.
  • Willingness to participate in an annual in-person meeting with the foundation board.
  • Willingness to meet with the foundation staff.

Eligibility Criteria

The foundation seeks a broad base of safety net stakeholders representing all types of safety net services and all parts of the county. (Note:  Participating organizations are not required to provide all safety net services or serve the entire county.) As such, the eligibility criteria will be kept to a minimum.

To be eligible, organizations:

  • Must be a health and human service nonprofit provider or a health and human service focused advocacy organization serving/supporting one or more communities in Montgomery County;
  • Must be operational for at least 2 years;
  • Must demonstrate it is providing one or more safety net services; and
  • Must be technically solvent, meaning assets must exceed liabilities as reported in the organization’s Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet).

If you have questions about the eligibility criteria, please contact the foundation at 215-716-5400 or

Reporting Requirements

The one requirement of participating organizations is to attend and participate actively in the Design Team and Community of Practice meetings. There will be NO additional reporting requirements for organizations receiving stipends.

The foundation is partnering with Equal Measure to design and manage an evaluation of this initiative to inform future phases of this 10-year initiative. The foundation and Equal Measure are committed to minimizing work from participating organizations for the evaluation, which will focus on the planning process and next steps during the first nine months. Participants are expected to provide input to Equal Measure about their perspectives and experiences in the initiative.

Additional Funding

Details on additional funding for projects or areas of research created within each Design Team will be published when available. Grants are expected to be awarded in fall 2018. The foundation continues to meet with its funding colleagues and county leadership. The foundation is not seeking to create a funding pool, but it will continue to meet with colleagues that offer capacity building and/or health and human service programs/services so the work can be coordinated and possibly leveraged with other funders.


Applications must be submitted through the foundation’s online grant system. Applications are due Monday, January 22, 2018. The foundation will notify all applicants no later than mid-February.


The foundation ONLY accepts funding requests via its online application system. This system includes all stages of the application and reporting processes.

Before accessing the online system, please review the following tips:

  • Video tutorials. If you are a first time user, you may find the tutorials helpful. There are a video tutorial and written tutorials for new users and existing users.
  • Check eligibility. Review the Eligibility Criteria to determine if you are eligible to apply for support from the foundation.
  • Draft in Word. Review or print out the application questions to refer to as you prepare your draft, then copy and paste your answers into the boxes online. This will make it easier for you to edit and finalize your information before submitting it. Please note: the system imposes character limits in each field.
  • Fax to File. You may need to scan in and upload certain documents to attach to your application. If you do not have a scanner, you may use the “Fax to File” tool. Click on the “Fax to File” link for detailed instructions.

Online Application Account

Please create only one account for your organization. An organizational account can have multiple individual users but only one organizational record. If your organization has an account, please use the login credentials already established. If you do not know your username and password or are unsure if your organization has an account, please contact us.


The deadline has passed and the foundation is no longer accepting applications to participate.


Contact the foundation 215-716-5400 or