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Guidelines and Procedures

Application deadline for the spring grant cycle is April 15th.
Application deadline for the fall grant cycle is October 15th.


The Foundation currently accepts proposals in any of three broad areas: community health, professional education, and research. The Board encourages and gives particular consideration to proposals designed to improve the cardiac health of populations that have a higher than average risk of heart disease and that are generally underserved by our current health system. Innovative approaches that may offer a significant return on investment and a focus on prevention are also priorities, as are those that can demonstrate sustainability.

Community Health

Community health programs should focus on the cardiac health of underserved, high risk communities. Programs that address the risk factors for cardiovascular disease in children ages 3-7 and those that include community health workers working in partnership with health care providers are a priority.

For programs focusing on children, the Foundation is particularly interested in those which incorporate one or more of the following approaches:

a. Engaging both parents/primary caregivers and children (i.e., a two-generational approach.)

b. Maximizing impact across the child’s life, by reaching children and families in more than one setting, such as home, early childhood programs, schools, health care providers, etc. Projects might include community health workers serving as the “connectors” among the various settings.

c. Targeting physical activity, healthy eating, or environmental and cultural changes that increase access to healthier foods and/or to safe, outdoor physical activities.

d. Addressing stress in children and parents. These programs might include screening and treatment programs for Adverse Childhood Experiences, as well as stress reduction programs, such as meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques. In addition, the Foundation is interested in parenting programs that promote positive parent/child interactions and address stress-related behaviors, including smoking, drug use, and family violence.

e. Evaluating the effectiveness of using social media (texting, e-mailing, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) among parents, teachers, health care providers and community health workers in improving cardiovascular health.

To see the full Request for Proposals, please click here


Professional Education

In the area of professional education, Kynett limits its funding to continuing professional education programs that take place in the Philadelphia region and that target physicians and other health services providers who work with underserved populations. The Board will give additional weight to proposals that provide scholarships to healthcare professionals who are not physicians; that emphasize outreach to health professionals who practice in high risk, underserved communities; or that develop innovative curricula for health professionals who practice in those communities.



Proposed research should address issues of cardiovascular health, particularly prevention and risk factors as they relate to women, children, minorities, and the economically disadvantaged and the delivery of healthcare services in underserved communities.




Applicants should indicate which focus area their programs target and if the program addresses children’s issues. Grants will be made for one year and generally will not exceed $50,000. Kynett funds both specific programs and general operating expenses.

Each applicant must include its plan for evaluating the proposed program and for disseminating the results, where appropriate. Applicants must be either public entities or tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation does not fund private foundations, as defined in Section 509 (a) of the Code, or individuals.

The Foundation funds programs located in the Delaware Valley: Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks, and Lehigh Counties and Camden County, New Jersey and New Castle County, Delaware.


Grants must be used for the direct expenses of the program in question, though under certain circumstances the Foundation will fund general operating expenses. The Foundation does not make grants to support capital campaigns or endowments or for construction or renovation of facilities. Funds may not be used to pay honoraria to in-house staff, to reduce ongoing deficits from operations, or to substitute for third party reimbursement. Support for capital equipment is rarely provided. Kynett funding may not be utilized for routine medical care unless such services are provided as an essential component of a program to test innovative methods of health service delivery.


Each application must disclose any financial or potential financial interest which any person, whether or not associated with the institution submitting the application, may have in the proposed program or any device, drug, procedure, or technique which may be developed, in whole or in part, with funding from Kynett. Applicants must also list all other funders, both those committed and those with whom applications are pending.


As a condition of accepting Foundation funds, grantees must provide annual reports, including budgets, and participate in any evaluation conducted on behalf of the Foundation.


The application deadlines are April 15th and October 15th of each year. Applications received by the relevant deadline and containing all the required information will be reviewed by a Board committee and the full Board of Trustees. The Trustees will make the final selection for each year’s awards. Successful applicants will be notified in December, following the October deadline, and in June, following the April deadline. The Foundation does not generally provide critiques of individual applications or reasons for a grant’s rejection. Applications which have been rejected may be resubmitted in future years, but any resubmission must include a letter explaining what changes have been made in the application and the reasons for those changes.

An applicant may not submit more than one proposal for any particular program in any calendar year.


Grantees should include appropriate recognition of the Foundation’s support in their annual reports and other materials.


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Sue Hone, the Foundation’s Grants Manager, at or 610-896-3868.

Application Requirements


To begin a NEW application for the CURRENT grant cycle, please click here: NEW APPLICATION

This NEW application link will be activated 6 weeks prior to the start of the April and October grant cycles and deactivated at the end of each cycle deadline.

To continue a SAVED (in progress) application or view your previous online application submissions, please click here: SAVED APPLICATIONS

  • Before you submit your application:
    • Review the application and attachments for accuracy.
    • Confirm required attachments are uploaded.
    • Print the application for your records using the printer-friendly link.
  • Click on Submit button when completed.

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