The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter is committed to addressing the needs of those living with multiple sclerosis. To that end, the chapter has been undergoing an evaluation of its grant system and has determined its funding priorities for the 2011-2015 time periods. We are aligning our grant priorities to fund projects that address our organization’s strategic response. Funding priority categories are listed below. Funding is available for up to $50,000 (please note grants are contingent upon availability of funds).
We will consider multi-year applications. In addition to the written proposal, in-person presentations are required. Dates are chosen based on the availability of the grant review committee and will not be re-scheduled. Presentation guidelines are below.
Beginning in 2015, we will move to a summer funding cycle.
The grant presentation and review date will be Monday, August 17, 2015. Each applicant will be assigned a time slot between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Guidelines and application form
Funding categories: Funding priorities will be announced later this year.
We will not consider the following:
Applicants who are in the middle of a multi-year funding cycle
Positions that can bill for services
Previous grantees who have not submitted their year-end reports
More than 1 application from one entity (if your organization is collaborating with another you are welcome to submit a joint proposal)
A grantee that has more than one no-cost extension
Applications from individuals
Presentations should be no longer than 30 minutes
If you are seeking support for a position, we expect that person to be in attendance
Submit your presentation 2 days prior to your scheduled presentation in Power Point format
Provide presentation materials for up to seven volunteer and staff reviewers
Click here to download an application form (.docx). The application deadline is July 6, 2015.
Questions and applications can be addressed to:
Melissa Bruno, MSW, LSW
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Greater Delaware Valley Chapter
30 South 17th Street, Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Current Community Impact Grant recipients
ACAC, located in West Chester - to fund the Feeling Fit with MS program, which offers exercise classes for people living with MS.
Einstein Health Network and Moss Rehab, located in Philadelphia - for an MS navigator who will help give patients better access to clinical and community resources.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, located in Allentown - for its MS Wellness program. This innovative initiative promotes the health and well-being of people living with MS through a variety of activities.
Philadelphia’s Inglis Foundation - to fund its new MS Evening Program, a peer-supported environment where people living with MS can take part in activities that maintain health and cognitive function.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital - to fund the MS Healthy Living Program, which promotes wellness in those individuals who are living with MS and who aspire to a healthier lifestyle.
St. Luke’s MS Center - to support a social work position at its location in Allentown. This professional serves those living with MS through education, emotional support, access to resources and other vital services.
The Comprehensive MS Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia - to provide social work services that will give patients the support they need to overcome the daily challenges of MS.
Total Rehab and Fitness, located in Cherry Hill – to make physical therapy services available to underserved people living with MS, giving them the chance to take control of their health and wellness.
UESF, located in Philadelphia - to fund a Housing Stabilization Program, which provides back utility, back and ongoing rent, back and ongoing mortgage, fuel oil and security deposit assistance to eligible persons.