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The Pittsburgh Foundation Discretionary Grant

Grants to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits
for Education, Health, Housing, and Civic Dialogue

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Pittsburgh Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/24/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits for programs and projects that address community needs in Allegheny County. LOIs are due May 2, 2018. Program areas include civic engagement for a vibrant democracy, supporting individuals and families with a focus on health, education, and housing, and healthy and safe communities.

The Foundation will support proposals within the following priority areas:

- Self Sufficient Individuals and Families

Basic needs grants help to create self-sufficient individuals and families. Projects may address the following focus areas: Quality pre-K through 12 Education, Affordable Housing, Public Transportation, Healthy Children and Adults, and Opportunities for Meaningful Work.

- Healthy Communities supports organizations and projects that address the following focus areas: Enhanced Ecological Awareness and Activism, Safe Communities, and Encourage Creativity.

- Vibrant Democracy seeks to increase civic dialogue and to create and disseminate research to inform and shape policy. To encourage civic participation, support is given to projects that address the following focus areas: Civic Engagement and Research and Dissemination of Findings to Impact Policy.

- Community Projects area advances a community quality-of-life improvement agenda, and gives funding priority to projects that offer collaborative opportunities to improve vitality and well-being in neighborhoods.

Grantmaking in the Community Projects area is also designed to cultivate and encourage community engagement in philanthropic practice through matched giving opportunities, such as the Foundation-sponsored Critical Needs Alert giving events.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130289

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for grantmaking support from The Pittsburgh Foundation's discretionary funds, applying nonprofit organizations must be:
- Located within Allegheny County or demonstrate service to Allegheny County residents.
- Designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. (If the organization does not have 501(c)(3) status, it may apply utilizing a fiscal sponsor.)

More on eligibility:

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation awards grants through its discretionary grant-making cycle four times a year. Please be aware of grant cycles when considering the timing of your application. It may take six to eight weeks from the date of initial inquiry to be invited to submit a full application.


Summer cycle
Letter of Inquiry: May 2, 2018 (by 5:00 PM)
Full application: June 4, 2018 (by 5:00 PM)

Fall cycle
Letter of Inquiry: August 20, 2018 (by 5:00 PM)
Full application: September 24, 2018 (by 5:00 PM)

Applying is a multi-stage process:
1. Create an organizational profile.
2. Submit a letter of inquiry.
3. Submit a full application, if invited.

To submit a letter of inquiry, your organization must have an organizational profile. Please create your profile well in advance of the deadline to avoid last-minute issues.

How to create an organizational profile:

How to submit a letter of inquiry:

Commonly asked questions:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a letter of inquiry:

For inquiries about application username and passwords:
Jennifer Steinmetz
(412) 394-4272

For inquiries on creating an organizational profile:
Phone: 412-391-5122
Fax: 412-391-7259

The Pittsburgh Foundation
5 PPG Place, Suite 250
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-5414

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Allegheny County