Our grants shall be used to address the broad needs of the residents of the communities in which Penn National Gaming, Inc. operates or has a business interest.


The Penn National Gaming Foundation, a 501(c)3 private foundation, was launched in 2005 by Penn National Gaming, Inc. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to provide assistance to the nearly 2,000 Penn National employees impacted by the storm. The Foundation awarded over $1.4 million in grants for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing, shelter and medical needs.

The Foundation also supported relief efforts across the Gulf Coast through donations to organizations such as Hope Haven Shelter in Bay St. Louis, the MS Law Enforcement and Firefighter Katrina Relief Fund, KaBOOM! and its efforts to rebuild playgrounds on the Coast, and the Gulf Coast-area Salvation Army.

Today, the Penn National Gaming Foundation is proud to support numerous local non-profit organizations in the communities in which Penn National operates, focusing on projects that promote community development, education, human services, cultural affairs and diversity, and health services.

Funding Criteria

Foundation grants shall generally fall in the following categories:

  1. Community Development: Projects and programs related to community infrastructure improvements, public safety, economic development, housing, historic preservation, citizen involvement, civic leadership training, and other general community activities.:

  2. Education: Programs which support pre-school, elementary and secondary education, post-secondary education and special education programs.:

  3. Human Services: Programs which address the needs of children and youth, senior citizens and disadvantaged populations, especially in times of natural or man made disaster.

  4. Cultural Affairs & Diversity: Programs and facilities designed to foster an understanding, appreciation and celebration of different cultures and encourage participation among individuals of different cultures and belief systems.

  5. Health: Local health and medical-related programs.

The Foundation prefers to support organizations in which the majority of funds are directed to programs or services. Applicants should have specific goals and anticipated outcomes that the organization is committed to achieving within a given time frame.

Applicants must have tax-exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and must be physically located in the city, town or region where Penn National Gaming has a business interest.

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Grant Timeline
Grant determinations will be considered on a quarterly basis. Applications are due by 5pm EST on the following dates in order to be considered for that quarter. Late applications will be forwarded to the next quarter for review:

• January 1, 2011
• April 1, 2011
• July 1, 2011
• October 1, 2011

Exceptions may be made for time sensitive events on a case by case basis.


Application Process
Please download, complete and mail two copies of the Grant Application, with all attachments to:
Penn National Gaming Foundation, Inc.
c/o Amanda Garber
825 Berkshire Blvd.
Suite 200
Wyomissing, PA 19610

The approval and check issuance will take up to three months, so please plan accordingly.
Applicants will be notified by mail of approval or denial. All decisions are final, but applicants may apply at a later date for consideration of a different program or project.

Application Materials
Funding requests will not be considered unless they include all of the required elements listed below. To ensure your application is complete, we suggest including a copy of this checklist with your completed grant application.

  1. Grant Application and Program Narrative.

  2. Detailed budget for specific project/program for which organization is seeking funding.

  3. Copy of previous year and current year budget, itemizing income and expenses.

  4. Copy of IRS determination letter, granting section 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status.

  5. Prior year’s copy of 990, including a list of major donors.

  6. Certified copy of audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year is strongly preferred, however a review may be considered.

  7. List of Board of Directors and their affiliated organizations.

  8. Resumes or background statements of the organization’s executive director and other enior members.

  9. Most recent annual report and other organizational material, if available

    Contact Information

    Amanda Garber
    Executive Director

    You have the right to inspect, and obtain a copy of Penn National Gaming Foundation’s IRS Form 990-PF and 990-T for three years from the date the return was required to be fielded, its exempt status application and its determination letter in person at our office during regular business hours. You may also request copies of such materials in writing, to which you will be charged a reasonable fee to cover copying and mailing costs.
    You may also obtain copies of annual returns, exempt applications, or determination letters from the IRS by filing
    Form 4506-A, Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt or Political Organization IRS Form. A fee may be charged for copies.