The Christopher Ludwick Foundation

The Christopher Ludwick Foundation

About the Foundation

Please note that the Ludwick Foundation's requirements for applications and application deadlines change from time to time. Be sure to read all instructions carefully.

The Foundation is named for Christopher Ludwick (1720-1801), Baker General of the Army of the United States during the American Revolution. His bequest of $13,000 was to provide a trust "for the schooling and education gratis, of poor children of all denominations, in the city and liberties of Philadelphia, without exception to the country, extraction, or religious principles of their parents or friends..." The trust has grown to almost $5,000,000, and grants amounting to approximately $200,000 are awarded each year.

The Foundation traces its origins to the Philadelphia Society for Free Instruction of Indigent Boys (founded December 18, 1799), which became The Philadelphia Society for the Establishment and Support of Charity Schools (1801), then the Ludwick Institute (1872), and the Christopher Ludwick Foundation (1995). The Christopher Ludwick Foundation is a charitable corporation with its own trustees and endowment. 

For over two centuries the trustees have fulfilled Christopher Ludwick’s mandate. Applications for projects that advance the education of poor children in the City of Philadelphia are accepted annually between January 1 and February 15. The Board of Trustees meets in May and awards are usually announced in June.

Applicants must use the application form provided on this website and follow the instructions set forth therein. Applications will be considered only from organizations within the City of Philadelphia specifically targeted at children resident within the city limits. As a general rule, the Foundation makes no grants for building campaigns, endowment drives, equipment purchases, or general operating support.  In the case of summer camps and day care programs, funding is considered only if the program has a proven educational component.  No grants are given for programs targeted at children with disabilities. The Foundation does not make direct grants to individuals.
The Christopher Ludwick Foundation, P.O. Box 1313, 16 North Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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