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The Pittsburgh Foundation Discretionary Grants

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

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits for programs and projects that address community needs in Allegheny County. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. 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 PreK-12 Education, Affordable Housing, Public Transportation, Healthy Children and Adults, and Opportunities for Meaningful Work.

Evidenced by:
- Affordable Housing: Increase the supply of affordable housing for low and moderate-income families and seniors and reduce the number of people who become homeless.
- Healthy Children and Adults: Improve community-based systems of care that support the physical and mental health of vulnerable populations in Allegheny County.
- Opportunities for Meaningful Work: Develop integrated systems to prepare, recruit, promote and retain entry-level workers in growth industries, particularly through industry partnerships, and improve opportunities for unemployed and low-wage workers as well as youth to advance in the labor market and thereby increase their earned income.
- Quality PreK-12 Education: Increase student achievement for all children in all subject matter areas, with special emphasis on acquiring foundational skills necessary to master reading and mathematics, graduate from high school and transition to college or a meaningful career; improve the quality of out-of-school programs; and develop educational leaders who support academic proficiency, racial equity, and the rights of every student to learn.
- Viable System of Public Transportation: Enhance access to entry-level jobs and needed services through integrated transit systems; expand strategic alliances to increase transit ridership; and promote the development of healthy transportation alternatives (walking, biking, etc.).

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

Evidenced by:
- Enhanced Ecological Awareness and Activism: Encourage communities to assess and decrease their carbon footprint.
- Safe Communities: Create a community-based effort that increases the capacity of communities to work together to eliminate violence; and develop comprehensive and integrated re-entry and diversion programs that include case management, job development, human services, and criminal justice linkages.
- Encourage Creativity: Develop and sustain a complex arts ecology composed of individual artists, arts organizations and arts service organizations with project, operating, technical assistance and capacity-building grantmaking.

Vibrant Democracy:
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.

Evidenced by:
- Civic Engagement: Increase participation in civic dialogue, leading to community organizing to advance social change.
- Research and Dissemination of Findings to Impact Policy: Create and disseminate research on critical community issues designed to inform and shape public policy.

Community Projects:
The Foundation supports projects that advance a community quality-of-life improvement agenda. Funding priority is given to projects that offer collaborative opportunities to improve vitality and wellbeing 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.)

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.


Letter of Inquiry - Dec. 7, 2018
Full Application - Jan. 4, 2019
For Funding Decisions By - Feb. 13, 2019

Letter of Inquiry - TBD
Full Application - TBD
For Funding Decisions By - May 15, 2019

Letter of Inquiry - TBD
Full Application - TBD
For Funding Decisions By - Aug. 7, 2019

Fall :
Letter of Inquiry - TBD
Full Application - TBD
For Funding Decisions By - Nov. 13, 2019

Dates for funding decision may be subject to change. The Foundation may adjust the timing of grants in consideration for funding.

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.

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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:

Contact form:
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