The Grandom Institution

History of the Grandom Institution

The Grandom Institution was founded in 1842 by a generous bequest from Hartt Grandom, a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th, Grandom funds were chiefly used for the distribution of firewood and coal at reduced rates to the poor of Philadelphia. Today The Grandom Institution is a collection of several trusts that make grants to organizations serving low-income people, for a range of energy assistance, energy, and self-sufficiency purposes every year for over 175 years.

Adapting to changing demands, in the latter half of the 20th century, funds have been distributed to organizations for all types of heating fuel, including oil, gas and electricity; for preventative or self-help measures such as weatherization and insulation; for educational programs to assist individuals to reduce their energy use and burden; and for energy efficiency improvements. The Grandom Institution has also supported heating costs and energy efficiency improvements to emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities in both Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.

Priorities of the Grandom Institution

Climate change is well underway and has a disproportionate impact on the poor and elderly. When evaluating grant requests from organizations, the Grandom Distribution Committee places a priority on clean, affordable energy solutions. These solutions are intended to increase self-sufficiency and reduce energy burden permanently.

Examples of the types of projects that meet this priority include:

  • Self-help weatherization workshops including the distribution of simple and inexpensive materials for low-income households
  • Installation of inexpensive, cost-effective measures such as programmable thermostats
  • Energy efficiency improvements
  • Heating system upgrades to a cleaner, lower carbon heating source, and a more efficient system
  • Low-income solar energy program such as community solar
  • Bill payment assistance for organizations

Guidelines for Proposals

Organizations applying for bill payment assistance funding need only complete the Application. No additional information is required.

Organizations applying for a purpose other than bill payment assistance must submit a proposal. Proposals should be brief and should not exceed 10 pages including the budget. Proposals should include:

  • Brief history and purpose of the organization,
  • Goals and objectives,
  • Description of program or project for which the grant is requested,
  • If you are partnering with another organization, please identify the organization and describe the role of each partner
  • Anticipated results,
  • Budget (suggested format),
  • List of the organization’s Board of Directors,
  • Most recent 990,
  • Financial audit for most recently completed fiscal year, and
  • Proof of its tax-exempt status

Deadline for Applications

All applications must be received by June 1, 2020, no later than 5 pm. Email completed application, including all supporting documents to with the subject line “Grandom Application

For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Please email with any additional questions. Remember to put “Grandom Question” in the subject line.