Thank you for your interest in applying to the Philip L. Graham Fund. Each cycle the Fund receives more grant requests than it is able to support. Therefore, please review the application guidelines below, as well as the Fund’s Interest Areas and Frequently Asked Questions to ensure your organization and request align with the Fund’s grantmaking requirements.


The Fund only accepts letters of inquiry from organizations that have been ruled to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are not private foundations as defined in the Code. The Fund does not typically support an organization within its first three years of operation as a 501 (c)(3). The Fund requires that organizations be based in and primarily serving residents of one or more of the jurisdictions included in the Fund's Giving Footprint in order to be considered. Finally, preference is given to requests for special, one-time needs of organizations (e.g., equipment and capital needs).


The following types of organizations are generally not accepted for consideration:

  • Individuals
  • Government Agencies
  • Membership Organizations
  • Individual public or private schools other than public charter schools
  • Public charter schools opened within the last three years
  • Parent Teacher Associations
  • Institutions of post-secondary education
  • Foundations established and operated by a university or college
  • National or international organizations or concerns
  • Hospitals or hospital foundations
  • Organizations significantly involved in advocacy, litigation, or efforts to change public policy


The following types of requests are generally not accepted for consideration:

  • Advocacy, litigation or efforts to change public policy
  • Research
  • Endowments
  • Special events, conferences, workshops, or seminars
  • Travel expenses
  • Annual giving campaigns, benefits, or sponsorships
  • Courtesy advertising
  • Production of films or publications

Please also note that applications cannot be considered from organizations that:

  • Have received a grant from the Fund in the previous thirty-six months;
  • Have had a funding request declined by the Fund in the previous twelve months;
  • Are undergoing an executive leadership change; or
  • Have not submitted a Final Grant Report for a previously awarded grant.


Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information or contact the Fund at plgfund@ghco.com.