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Common Grant Application


In 1990, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia (then Delaware Valley Grantmakers) was the first regional association to develop a Common Grant Application (CGA) form, which has since become a standard concept and practice among grantmakers and regional associations in the United States. The purpose of the CGA is to streamline the grantseeking process by allowing nonprofits to create one application that can be adapted for multiple funders.

The most recent evaluation of the Common Grant Application and companion Common Report Form was conducted in summer/fall of 2009, resulting in the release of an updated edition in January 2010. We thank the funders and nonprofits who participated in the review process and offered their valuable feedback to help develop the new and improved forms.


Use the links below to download the Common Grant Application and Common Report Form in PDF or Microsoft Word format. 

Common Grant Application & Report Form - MS Word

The forms posted above (dated 2010) are the most current versions available. The list of funders who accept the CGA was updated October 2015 (the list is included in the form document on page 12). 
If you have any specific questions about completing the forms, please direct your inquiries to the funder(s) to whom you are applying. It is always advisable to contact a funder before submitting a grant application.

Applications must be sent directly to the organization(s) from which you are seeking funding and SHOULD NOT BE SENT TO PHILANTHROPY NETWORK. We do not make grants or match grantseekers with funding sources.