How to Get in on GSK’s IMPACT Awards in 2016

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has a big presence in Philadelphia, especially in the realm of health funding. Over the last couple of years, we’ve pointed out that GSK funds both traditional and non-traditional health causes, including topics like fresh food distribution, exercise programs, horticulture, and addiction/abuse support. It has even extended its health funding to touch on other pressing issues like education, workforce development, economic development, and public safety.


Well, GSK and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey just made a big announcement. It’s the 20th year of GSK’s IMPACT Awards in Greater Philadelphia, and the funder is now accepting applications for 2016.

“At GSK, we know that place matters when it comes to health,” Becki Lynch, manager of U.S. Community Partnerships at GSK, said in a press release. “Through the GSK IMPACT Awards, we recognize outstanding local nonprofit organizations that help community members access healthy foods and safe places to play and exercise, find high-quality jobs and education, strengthen their family and social supports, and many other services that make the Greater Philadelphia region a healthy place to live, learn, work and thrive.”

With this grant award program, GSK will support up to 10 local nonprofits with $40,000 each. This is just one of several charitable programs at GSK, but one that gets a lot of attention in Philadelphia. United Way’s role in all of this is administering the awards once the new round of grantees is chosen. According to the funder, GSK IMPACT Awards for the Greater Philadelphia Region was launched in 1997, and since then, 155 local nonprofits have received $6,210,000 through the program.

To get your hands on one of these awards, you must be a small or mid-size nonprofit with programs operating in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and/or Philadelphia counties. As we’ve noted in the past, this is a funder that takes a very broad and all-encompassing approach to health funding, and this year is no exception.

Your nonprofit programs should address one of the following factors that affect health in the region:

  • Diet & exercise
  • Education
  • Housing & transit
  • Employment
  • Community safety
  • Family & social support

You have until April 15 to submit an application, but you’ll need to register your organization online by March 25 to be eligible for an award. If you’re serious about getting in on this, plan to participate in a conference call on Tuesday, March 8 – either from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST or from 3:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. EST.

The GSK and United Way staff will review applications and narrow them down to 20 finalists max. There will be site visits, and 10 or fewer grantees will be chosen in the end. Download the complete instruction guide and 2016 application on GSK’s IMPACT Award page, and see a list of the 2015 winners on it Making an Impact in the Community page. Any specific questions about the process should be directed to