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Application Process and Forms

The Connelly Foundation values the proposal process and prefers to review a comprehensive proposal packet as a basis for our review and discussion.  Therefore, letters of inquiry or requests for pre-proposal conferences are discouraged.  Our best conversations occur following our receipt and review of a full proposal.

Proposal Process
  • There are no submission deadlines, however, the Foundation’s guidelines state that only one grant can be awarded within a year’s period of time 
  • Returning applicants must submit a report following the Philanthropy Network’s Common Report Formsee Forms section below for path to this form - for their most recent grant before reapplying (the report should be sent via separate mail at least one week before submitting a new proposal)
  • Applicants receive an acknowledgement of receipt of the proposal within two weeks
  • Foundation staff may contact applicants to request a telephone conference or a site visit
  • The applicant generally receives a response within three months
  • If a grant is awarded, the grant letter states the due date for the Philanthropy Network Common Report Form 
Criteria used to evaluate proposals include:
  • The degree to which the proposal directly addresses and furthers the Connelly Foundation’s objectives and goals
  • The significance of the problem or need addressed by the proposed program
  • The overall quality of the proposal and whether the organization has made a convincing case that funding to the organization will facilitate more effective and efficient service delivery to constituents
  • The history and stability of the organization with regard to board, management, and financial support
  • The organization’s track record, prior accomplishments and unique role in providing service to its specific constituencies
  • The reasonableness of the prepared budget
Proposal Elements

A single copy of the Philanthropy Network’s Common Application Form (which includes a cover sheet) - see Forms section below for path to this form -  along with the Connelly Foundation Required Documents (see following list) should be mailed (at this point we do not accept electronic submissions) to:

Emily C. Riley, Executive Vice President

Connelly Foundation

One Tower Bridge

100 Front Street, Suite 1450

West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2873


Connelly Foundation Required Documents:

  1. Two most recent audited financial statements (the Common Application Form states that one should be included, Connelly requires two.) If financial statements are not audited, an appropriate substitute with explanation will be considered.
  2. The most recent IRS Form 990 with all the required schedules and attachments.
  3. For capital projects (construction, renovation, equipment), expenses must be documented as follows:
  • For new construction or renovation to existing space – a complete breakdown of all costs including final bids and financing arrangements (if applicable), visual renderings.
  • For acquisition of equipment – a copy of the most appropriate of three bids, costs of installation and financing arrangements (if applicable).
Common Grant Application and Report Form