The Friends Council on Education funds creative, student-centered
projects that focus on the Quaker testimonies in Friends schools. Grants
of up to $2,000 are available for projects to be completed in the
2017-18 school year. Proposals are due by Monday, May 1, 2017. The
Grants Committee will consider all proposals received by the deadline
and notify recipients by mid-June, 2017.
The following criteria are used in evaluating proposals:
Fund Purpose: This fund increases the ability of PYM
members to afford to send their
children to Friends schools within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
Eligibility: Grants from this fund are available to
children of PYM members in grades K-
12 at PYM Friends schools where families meet financial need standard as determined by the school.
Application Process: The application process
begins when the family submits an Application
Form to the Monthly Meeting for signature of the clerk.
The family then ensures that the signed application goes to the school right away. The overall sequence and timing of
this process are set forth in the Application
Award Determination: Each year, the grant amount
per-student depends on the amount of funds available and the number of
applicants. Grant amounts tend to be approximately $800 per student or
($1,100 per student enrolled in a Friends school for children with
Award Distribution: Awards from the Friends Education Fund take
the form of grants to the schools. Checks are sent to the schools in the fall in a lump sum for
all participating students
at each school.
Fund Information: The
income source from the Friends Council is the Friends Education Fund.
Funding sources from PYM include: Jonathan E. Rhoads Endowment Fund, Samuel Jeanes Fund, Anna Gray Morris
Trust, and the DeCou Trust.
Meeting the need: Small Friends schools with financial need should apply directly to Friends Council on Education for a grant to defray expenses. The head of school must officially approve the request. Funds will be awarded to schools depending on the need and on the amount of funds available.
Guidelines for Application: Grants are available up to $1,000.
The school is required to reach out to donors for a 20% match. In this
way, the school strengthens its fundraising function, which is a goal
for the grant. Grant applications are considered when they are received.
As grants are limited, it is best to apply in the spring of the year
prior to when the school will need the consultant. Click here to view a list of Governance Consultants.