2023 Moving Mountains Grant

The Moving Mountains Grants will focus on projects aligned with these Strategic Plan program areas: Education and Training or Economic Development, as described below. The application cycles open in April (deadline May 15th and awarded in June) and October (deadline November 15th and awarded in December). Grantees are awarded $5,000.



  • Non-profits and for-profits, at least two (2) years in business
  • Annual revenues not to exceed $100,000.
  • Location in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania


Workforce Development & Education

Employment is a key driver of economic mobility. That is why we are focused on building pathways to employment by supporting a range of workforce development opportunities, including education, upskilling, and reskilling programs – meeting people where they are so that individuals and families can advance. We will fund projects that focus on:


  • Young adult employment & development – high school completion programs, skills training (hard and soft skills), first-time employment, internship, apprenticeship, and mentoring
  • Alternative pathways for adults – job preparedness, training, skill-building, college or vocational certification, career counseling, ESL education and training, entrepreneurship opportunities, and job placement and retention.
  • Barriers to employment – organizations that help individuals overcome barriers to employment (individuals with disabilities, the formerly incarcerated, foster care youth, individuals living in extreme poverty) through training, support services, and housing.
  • Hard skills – organizations that provide education and training programs targeting skills that are in high demand yet lack diversity in the workforce.


Small Business Economic Development

Small businesses play an important role in the overall health of our nation’s economy. In response to the challenges small business owners face in today’s environment, we are supporting entrepreneurs, especially minority and indigenous-owned, as they address their short-term needs and strengthen their overall sustainability. We will fund projects that focus on:


  • Resiliency of small businesses/operations. Funds to cover technical assistance or operation support of your business or plan to prepare, withstand, and recover from extreme unplanned events and the long-term impacts (short and long term).
  • Revitalization, preservation, and stabilization initiatives of the business that engage community stakeholders or another business in building a sustainable business (UJAAMA).
  • Assisting economic development efforts. Tasks needed to promote small business growth and stable operations
  • Capital improvement. Projects that improve the physical spaces of your business needed to improve operations.

It is the responsibility of each applicant to submit all required information and documents. Please review the checklist thoroughly. The Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust (LHSCT) reserves the right to reject, without notice, any incomplete proposal.

Project Context and Description

  1. Provide a brief background, mission statement, and general information for the organization.
  2. Provide a detailed description of the project, including but not limited to the geographic area of the population served or targeted customer based and expected results for the project
  3. Describe the proposed activities to be performed
  4. Budget: Include the total breakdown cost for the project and total funds requested (max request $5000)

An organization may apply once each calendar year; however, chances of receiving subsequent funding are not guaranteed. Applications are accepted twice a year. Any application submitted after the deadline cannot be considered. All applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline date. Organizations will be notified six (6) weeks after receipt of their proposal.

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