Campus Life

2021 SPC Grants

On behalf of The Hill School Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), it is our pleasure to invite you to apply for a grant from the SPC.  This year, the SPC will be awarding $16,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Pottstown Area.  The SPC is a student-run organization and, as such, may have a much different grant application process and timeline than other organizations to which you have submitted grant applications.  We encourage you to read the following information to give you a thorough understanding of our process.  Please also note changes to our process due to the COVID-19 pandemic and changes to the School’s academic calendar this year. 

HISTORY

The SPC was established in 2008-09 thanks to a generous donation by Mr. Charles Frank III ’59 and his wife, Betty. In 2013, through the Frank’s leadership and the generosity of several other donors, the SPC became an endowed program at the School with the establishment of The Student Philanthropy Council Endowment in honor of David Dougherty, Headmaster emeritus, and his wife, Kay.  Mr. Frank passed away in 2019; however, Mrs. Frank continues to be actively involved.  The Council is entirely student-run with support and direction from a faculty adviser.  The SPC is comprised of 12 students in grades 10 through 12 who solicit and evaluate local nonprofit requests for funding each year and then award grants to those organizations that best meet the criteria of the Council.

CRITERIA and GUIDELINES

The SPC charter requires that the organizations/programs receiving awards have a direct impact on the Pottstown area.  In addition, at least four grants must be awarded per year.  Therefore, we discourage applications that request more than half of the available funds the Council has to distribute. The Council prefers to fund specific programs rather general operating expenses and programs that impact more than a few persons. This year, the Council requests that grants focus on supporting those who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

PROCESS

Due Date: 

Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Monday, January 18, 2021.  We encourage you to submit your application as soon as you are able.  If this deadline poses a serious problem that would prevent you from applying, please contact our faculty adviser, Mrs. Lehman at alehman@thehill.org to request and extension.  Given our unusual timeline for reviewing grant applications, we are able to accommodate a limited number of extensions.

Application Review:

Beginning January 4, 2021, the SPC will meet weekly via Zoom to review grant applications.  We typically review no more than two to three applications per week.  Therefore, depending on the number of applicants, it may take upwards of two to three months to complete the review process.

Follow Up:

During the review process, the Council creates a list of follow up questions for the applicants.  We are committed to following up with every application.  The follow-up will take place via Zoom meetings with four to five Council members and representatives of your choice from your organization. Our adviser, Mrs. Lehman, will arrange these meetings.  Please feel free to send her photos and/or a short video to share during your follow up meeting. 

Awards: 

We plan to select grant recipients by April 23, 2021. Applicants will be notified via a phone call if they have been selected to receive a grant. Those who have not been selected will receive an email. Recipients may be asked to visit The Hill School during lunch to receive the award in front of the student body.  In some cases, members of the Council will visit recipients to present the award. 

APPLICATION

The application should be completed online using the following link: https://amylehman.typeform.com/to/VKxnSNMo

Once you begin the application form, you will not be able to save it and return to it later.  Therefore, please have the following information and files available for upload prior to entering the form.

Information:

Organization name, address, and Federal tax ID number. Contact person name, title, email, and phone number.  Previous applications and/or awards to the SPC. Organization description, mission, services, and population served. Program/project description, amount requested, how its impact will be measured and a list of other funding sources for the program/project.

Upload Files:

  • Detailed program budget.
  • Detailed operating budget for your organization.
  • Your IRS determination letter granting tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). *Required ONLY if you have NOT previously applied for a grant from the SPC.
  • Your organization's most recent IRS Form 990.

We look forward to receiving your application and contacting you for follow up in the coming months.  Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Lehman if you have any questions about the process and/or application. 

Sincerely,

Philippe Jin
President
PJin21@thehill.org

Naomi Ude '21
Vice-President
NUde21@thehill.org

Mrs. Amy Lehman P'16 '18
Faculty Adviser
ALehman@thehill.org