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The next grant deadline for The Merchants Fund is Monday, February 29, 2016 (postmarked or completed online).


Grants are competitive and there is no guarantee of funding.

IMPORTANT: The first check off on the application indicates that you must discuss your project with staff at TMF before filing an application.  Please take this step seriously and understand it leads to stronger applications.  Almost unilaterally skipping this step means you will be turned down because the application is off target for our goals or the company is not qualified under our requirements.

TMF has two core grant making areas for businesses that have been legally established for at least three years in Philadelphia: 


  • Business Stabilization grants up to $10,000 to help small businesses remain stable, viable and grow in the face of economic challenges or to respond to opportunities.  We do not make grants for working capital.  Grants must be spent by August 31, 2016.  
Requirements, online application and PDF of application.


  • Business Loan matches up to $20,000 to match accredited government programs or bank loans at least dollar for dollar ($20,000 minimum loan matched by a $20,000 grant).  TMF does not make loans. Grants must be spent by August 31, 2016.   
Requirements, online application and PDF of application.

Please visit our web site  for printable applications and detailed guidelines or contact us directly at  or call 215-399-1339.

The next deadline will be in September 2016.




The annual 2016 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) is just around the corner.  If you or someone you know has innovative ideas about how to improve teaching and learning, please apply to the nation’s leading business plan competition for a chance to win over $125,000 in cash prizes.  

Applications will be accepted beginning on January 6, 2016 via our competition website:


The 2016 Competition will include two applicant paths – an Idea path for entrepreneurs who are very early in ideation and development, and a Venture path for entrepreneurs who have ideas that are at a more mature stage. (Here’s a quick way to figure out which category to choose: Do you have revenue, grants, customers, or investors? Then you’re a Venture! Not there quite yet? You’re at the Idea stage!). Prizes will be awarded in both paths.

Applicants are encouraged to address at least one of the following themes in their innovation:   

•  Urban education

•  Connecting research to practice

•  Teaching & learning

•  Technology in grades K through 12

•  Special education & at-risk students

•  Open & collaborative solutions:  The education ecosystem

•  Online & distance learning in higher education

•  Global/borderless education solutions

•  Early childhood education

•  Workforce learning

The EBPC is open to applicants worldwide.  To learn more about our past winners, visit our website at

If you’d like a reminder when the competition opens, simply fill out the following form and we’ll gladly contact you in January: