General Information

About the Society

The Germantown Relief Society (GRS) was founded in 1873 and incorporated in 1892.  Its stated corporate purpose was
“to relieve the . . . poor of Germantown and its vicinity by contributing to their aid money, clothing, provisions, medicine and other necessaries of life . . . . and to encourage them to become self supporting."

GRS of Philadelphia is comprised of a Board of Directors appointed for their connection to and knowledge of the needs of Germantown. The self-perpetuating Board meets annually and functions through three standing committees:  1) a Dispensing committee which reviews the reports of the expenditures granted for the ensuing year, 2) a Nominating committee, and 3) a Finance Committee.

The Society’s charter restricts the Society’s expenditures to residents of Germantown and its vicinity who are in desperate need.

The Grant Process

The Society, through local service organizations, provides assistance to Germantown residents. Any organization applying for funds must be a registered non-profit with 501(c)3 status. 

Applications for grants must be electronically submitted no later than October 1. Recipients of previous year's grants must submit their annual reports and requests for funds by October 1 as well. 

GRS income is dispensed through grants to existing intermediate organizations (Dispensing Agents) who regularly service people in need. Such intermediaries might include, but are not limited to, local church programs, non-profit social service organizations, schools, and the social service departments of hospitals. Over the past five years, grants ranged from $500 to $6,000 and vary each year depending on the state of the economy and the number of qualified applications received. The Society does not make direct grants to individuals.

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Blockett at

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