Grants & Initiatives

PHENND’s primary mission is to support our member campuses with their own community partnership programs and activities.

However, we also coordinate our own programs through which area campuses can collaborate on city-wide or regional initiatives for greater impact.


Next Steps AmeriCorps Program

Designed as a college completion and success strategy, the Next Steps AmeriCorps Program will engage 70 students in part-time AmeriCorps service during the 2015-2016 school year.

PHENND Fellows

PHENND Fellows pairs college graduates with local nonprofits. The program trains and retains the next generation of Philadelphia nonprofit leaders

K-16 VISTA Project

Providing AmeriCorps VISTA members to public schools in Philadelphia to coordinate community partnerships.

2015-2021 GEAR UP College Readiness and Collaborative Communities (CRCC) Grant

Helping low-income students enter higher education through intensive college awareness programming.

K-16 Partnerships Network

Bringing together higher education and K-12 schools to promote, support, and improve K-16 Partnerships.


The following are older programs that are no longer active at PHENND.

Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania AmeriCorps Program

Allows students to enroll as AmeriCorps members and receive Education Award.

Financial Outreach Initiative & Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Supporting coalitions and organizations involved in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and other forms of asset development through the Delaware Valley.

Community Based Research Network

Establishes a network of practitioners of Community Based Research (CBR).

Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign

Recruited, trained, placed, and monitored college student volunteers as Food Stamp Pre-screeners.

Urban Voters Campaign

Provides information to member campuses about how to engage students in the political process, particularly as volunteers.

Institutionalizing Service-Learning

Provides grants to support service-learning infrastructure development at local campuses.

Higher Education as Guides to the Credit Path

Develops four regional campus-community partnership initiatives focused on economic recovery.

Senior Projects Initiative

Matching college student "academic coaches" to high school students completing a rigorous "Senior Project."

Campus Election Engagement Project

Promoting non-partisan college student voter registration and turnout for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governor's race.

Service-Learning Support Organizations

PHENND convened a round table of K-12 service-learning organizations between 2003 and 2008.

Ford Foundation Initiative

With funding from the Ford Foundation (2000-2002), and in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, PHENND worked to deepen partnerships between higher eds, their local school partners and...