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Application Process and Forms

Office Closure Announcement

The Connelly Foundation office is closed and Foundation Staff are working remotely. The Foundation continues to accept grant proposals under its existing application guidelines, which can be found here. Online applications remain the preferred method of submission. The review of material submitted via U.S. mail is significantly delayed so we encourage the online submission of applications and reports. We are available by phone at 610-834-3222 and by email at

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 grantees must submit a report following the Philanthropy Network’s Common Report Form (pages 13 and 14 of the document) for their most recent grant before reapplying. The report should be sent to the attention of Nicole Saunders, Grants Administrator, 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 conference call or a site visit;
  • Applicants generally receive a response within three months;
  • If a grant is awarded, the approval letter states the due date for any reporting requirements.
Criteria used to evaluate proposals:
  • 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 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 Submission and Elements

Grantseekers can submit proposals using the Connelly Foundation's online application system or by submitting hardcopy through the mail. Both methods of submission require the same information and documentation.


To begin a new online application, please click here. If you have already started an online grant request, please click here to finish the application. To download a helpful guide to assist with applying online, click here.


Mailed hardcopy submissions should be addressed to:  

Timothy J. Durkin, Vice President for Grantmaking

Connelly Foundation

One Tower Bridge

100 Front Street, Suite 1450

West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2873


The Connelly Foundation requires all proposal submissions include the following information:


  • A single copy of the Philanthropy Network's Common Application Form (hardcopy applications only);
  • Grant Proposal Narrative;
  • Organizational Budget for current Fiscal Year;
  • Current Profit & Loss Statement;
  • Project/Program Budget including Income and Expenses. Amounts and sources of revenue should be identified and list which sources are committed or pending;
  • 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 an explanation will be considered;
  • The most recent IRS Form 990 with all the required schedules and attachments. (The Connelly Foundation requires all applicants to submit a 990 despite the fact that the Common Grant Application does not indicate it is required of all applicants;
  • Current list of Board members and their affiliations;
  • One paragraph description per key staff and their relevant qualifications;
  • Latest annual report or summary of organization's activities in the past year;
  • IRS Determination Letter.


  • 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).
Application Forms
Connelly Foundation Online Application - New Request (online submission)
Connelly Foundation Online Application - Already In Progress (online submission)
Common Grant Application (to be mailed)
Common Report Form (to be mailed)