Sylvia Perkin Charitable Trust

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To help support charitable causes in Lehigh Valley and the immediate surrounding area.

Application deadlines

February 1

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Human services
Public/society benefit

Program limitations

Support for religious programs is limited to Jewish organizations and institutions

States served


Geographic limitations

Lehigh Valley, PA


Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Corporate Co-trustee

Grants are made in support of museums, educational television stations, private colleges and universities, medical facilities and research, public health and welfare, community support, the arts, historical societies, and Jewish organizations and institutions.


  • 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.

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round, but should be submitted by February 1 to be considered at the annual grant meeting that occurs in March.


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 Sylvia Perkin Charitable Trust was established under the Will of Sylvia Perkin as a perpetual trust. Her desire to give continued support to organizations in the Lehigh Valley community compelled her to direct her trustees to disburse the trust’s annual income to charitable causes in that area. Ms. Perkin passed away in 1985 while living in Macungie, Pennsylvania.