Visionary Leadership Fund

Grant Applications

2022 Request for Proposals: Leadership Development

The Fund for Visionary Leadership is committed to supporting leadership development for aspiring and executive women leaders of nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of women and girls in the Greater Philadelphia region.

We seek to support these nonprofit organizations by funding leadership development initiatives for current nonprofit women leaders and to develop the next generation of nonprofit women leaders.

The application opens online on January 14, 2022. The application deadline is Monday, March 14, 2022. Funding will be granted by May of 2022 for leadership development initiatives in 2022-2023.


Nonprofit organizations with paid staff operating in the Greater Philadelphia region whose primary focus and mission-driven activities serve to benefit women and/or girls, are eligible to apply. The Leadership Fund seeks to support both current and emerging women leaders and will accept nominations for an individual or a group from the eligible organization.

The Greater Philadelphia region refers to southeastern Pennsylvania counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia) as well as contiguous counties in southern New Jersey (Camden) and Delaware (New Castle).

Consistent with Valentine Foundation’s commitment to support organizations whose primary focus is improving the lives of women and girls, applicant organizations must serve at least 70% female (inclusive of all who identify as female) OR have a program that serves 100% women and/or girls. If the organization is eligible because it has a program specifically for women and/or girls, the individual leader/s who benefit from this grant must have an active role within or responsibility for this program.

We define women and girls as including women, transgender, and gender-expansive individuals.

Recognizing the racial leadership gap in local nonprofits, priority will be given to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) applicants and leadership teams that include BIPOC women.

2022 Grant Schedules

Application Period

Applications will be completed online.

  • The application period is January 14–March 14, 2022.
  • Reference copies of the application will be available for review prior to January 14, 2022.
  • The application itself will be available online on January 14, 2022.

Award Period

  • Awards are made by May 2022 for leadership development activities initiated in 2022–2023.
  • A total grant pool of $40,000–$45,000 will be awarded to successful applicants.

2022 Virtual Information Sessions

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022 we will host two virtual (online) information sessions.

  • Session 1: 9:00am–10:00am
  • Session 2: 5:00pm–6:00pm

Please register in advance for the session of your choice by emailing us at

Apply Online

Visionary Leadership Fund Grant Applications can be completed and submitted online between January 14–March 14, 2022.

Start Your Application Here

Click here for a PDF of 2022 Leadership Application Questions (this list includes questions for Applicant (Organization) and Leadership Nominee(s), both of whom will complete a portion of the application).

Tutorials for Applying for a Leadership Fund Grant

Please review these instructional resources for completing your online application.

Additional Information


Alexandra V. A. Frazier, Executive Director, at or 610-283-5579.