Irene D. Cunningham Trust

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To provide grants to charitable organizations in support of various causes including religious, scientific, literary, and education.

Annual application deadlines

April 30

Program areas

Human services
Public/society benefit

States served


Geographic limitations

Delaware County and Chester County, Pennsylvania


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The Irene D. Cunningham Trust is dedicated to supporting organizations that help the needy poor in Delaware County and Chester County Pennsylvania. Preference is given to charitable organizations that distribute the necessities of life to the poor.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
  • Organizations must be located in Delaware County or Chester County Pennsylvania.

Grant Priorities

Preference is given to organizations committed to helping the poor and whose activities most closely benefit them.

Average giving

Average grant size: $2,000 to $5,000
Average number of grants per year: 5

Annual application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by April 30 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in June.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

The Irene Cunningham Trust was established under the Last Will and Testament of Ms. Cunningham. Her desire was to support the needy poor in Delaware County and Chester County, Pennsylvania. Because the Trust is perpetual, Ms. Cunningham’s generosity will be appreciated in this Pennsylvania community for many years to come.