The Genuardi Family Foundation makes grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that meet its eligibility requirements. The Core Grant Program is the main grantmaking program of the Foundation and is an open competitive grant process. The Major Grant Program is initiated by the Board of Directors and is by invitation only.

Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) organizations whose programs further the Foundation’s mission and values, provide direct services in at least one priority area (food access and security, homelessness prevention and housing, and job training and placement), and deliver programs in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and/or Bucks Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Please see the Core Grant Program page for more information.

The Foundation does not grant to individuals, capital or endowment campaigns, political, fraternal, and/or civic organizations. Additionally, we do not participate in annual appeals, special event sponsorship requests, or other letters of solicitation. A complete list of exclusions is available here.

All Core Grant Program applicants are required to submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) before being invited to apply for a grant. LOIs are only accepted through our online application process. Before submitting an LOI, please review our Core Grant Program funding parameters here to ensure your organization meets our eligibility requirements.

A response to your LOI will be sent via email in a timely manner. If invited to submit a full grant application, the applicant then must follow specific guidelines established by the Genuardi Family Foundation.  If no response is received, please contact the Foundation at:

Please visit the How to Apply page for a detailed timeline for our current grant cycle.

No. Applicants may apply only once to the Foundation in any 12-month period.

Yes. All applicants are required to submit a new Letter of Inquiry each year, regardless of whether or not they have received funding in prior years.

 The Foundation’s Major Grant Program is by invitation only and is initiated by our Board of Directors. We do not accept unsolicited requests.

Grant recipients are selected by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Foundation generally does not support capital campaign requests, including the purchase or replacement of equipment, through the Core Grant Program.

Yes. The Foundation will accept both general operating support and program-specific requests in the Core Grant Program.

Yes. Multi-year grants are awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors. An additional application or process is not required to be considered for a multi-year grant.

The Foundation utilizes site visits to applicant organizations to experience their missions in action. Visits are made to meet the beneficiaries of charitable work, to see services delivered firsthand, and to observe projects or programs that the Foundation has funded or is currently evaluating. The Foundation may contact your organization to schedule a site visit as an additional tool in its application review process.

The Foundation reserves the right to make grants to pre-selected organizations with which it has had a historical relationship. This may include organizations that fall outside of our new Core Grant Program areas of interest and/or organizations that serve communities outside the Core Grant Program geographic parameters. These are Board-initiated grants; we do not accept solicitations outside the Core Grant Program.

The Foundation does not seek recognition for its philanthropic activities. However, we recognize the value a grantee organization may find in leveraging its foundation funding to demonstrate support for its programs and attract additional resources. The Genuardi Family Foundation requests the right to approve all public uses of its name. Please see our Statement on Publicity.

No. The Genuardi Family Foundation is entirely separate from Genuardi Family Markets, which was sold by the Genuardi family in 2001.