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Grants to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for
Programs in Health, Education, and Community Development

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Grants starting at $50,000 to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for capital projects, programming, and operating support that address critical needs in Uptown, the Hill District, or West Oakland. A letter of inquiry must be submitted prior to the full application. Eligible program areas include education, economic and community development, capacity building for nonprofits, and health and wellness initiatives.

Major grants are awarded when consistent with the Foundation's mission and strategic priorities. Major grants are awarded through a single, competitive grant cycle. In addition, McAuley Ministries may award major grants to projects that have been identified or initiated through a non-competitive process based upon their work and involvement in the community.

Preference is given to proposals that:

- Address a critical community need or opportunity in the Hill District, Uptown, or West Oakland in alignment with the grantmaking priorities.
- Incorporate evidence-based practices that address root causes and propose systemic change.
- Involve collaboration and cooperation with other organizations or agencies.
- Include clear implementation plans with goals, strategies, and timetables.
- Include measurable outcomes and an effective mechanism for measuring the impact of the program.
- Exhibit sound and realistic financial plans as well as diverse funding sources.
- Will not duplicate existing services unless there is a clear need for additional services.

Proposals funded by McAuley Ministries:

- New programs and projects.
- Ongoing programs and projects.
- Capacity-building initiatives, including general operating support when organizations have a track record of producing outcomes for residents and the community.
- Capital projects that advance the strategic priorities of McAuley Ministries.
- Technology

Funding Focus Areas:

-Health & Wellness
McAuley Ministries supports initiatives that improve the overall health status of residents by meeting basic needs, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and providing community-based health care through innovative service delivery models.

-Community & Economic Development
The Foundation funds initiatives that 1) assist individuals and families to transition from poverty to self-sufficiency, and 2) contribute to community vibrancy and quality-of-life.

McAuley Ministries supports initiatives that assist children to succeed in school, graduate from high school, successfully transition to and graduate from college, and/or successfully transition to work.

-Capacity Building
McAuley Ministries assists nonprofit organizations serving the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland to enhance their ability to fulfill their missions by strengthening nonprofit governance and leadership; strategic and business planning; program development; technology and information systems; management systems and practices; and financial resources. McAuley Ministries will also serve as a convener to encourage collaboration and strategic alliances for greater collective impact.

-Legacy Programs
The Foundation provides support to community-based programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania sponsored by or associated with the Sisters of Mercy. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of these programs to increase their effectiveness and sustainability, and to support innovative projects that will enhance their impact on the community.

-Special Initiatives
McAuley Ministries occasionally funds special initiatives that support or otherwise advance the Foundation's grant-making priorities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184853

Estimated Size of Grant:

Major grants typically range from $50,000-$200,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants may be awarded for up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must:

- Have a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirming exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code or have an agreement with a nonprofit organization with a current IRS ruling who will serve as the fiscal agent for the grant.
- Comply with all requirements of McAuley Ministries as outlined in the grant agreement. For future consideration, organizations must have completed progress reports and requirements for current and past grants.
- Comply with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services and demonstrate consistency and alignment with McAuley Ministries’ mission and values.
- Specifically target the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, with a minimum of 25 percent of clients residing in those neighborhoods.

Proposals not funded by McAuley Ministries:

- Scholarships unrelated to nonprofit capacity building.
- Travel unrelated to nonprofit capacity building.
- Acute care/hospital services.
- Biomedical research.
- Endowments.
- Historic preservation.
- Existing financial obligations or debt liability.
- Political activities, including political campaigns and lobbying.
- Programs that are not directly targeted to the Hill District, Uptown, or West Oakland.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry outlining the proposed program or project. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time; however, letters are reviewed annually by the McAuley Ministries Board. The deadline for submission of a letter of inquiry for review will be posted online. If applicants are invited to submit a full application, the funding decision will be made in July.

Applicants are also encouraged to call McAuley Ministries to discuss a proposal idea before beginning the formal process. If an applicant does not have the ability to submit an online application, please contact Michele Rone Cooper, Executive Director of McAuley Ministries.

Major Grants Deadline

February, 8, 2019
Letter of Inquiry

May 3, 2019
Invited Full Applications For Review in July 2019

After review by the McAuley Ministries Board, applicants will be informed if they are invited to submit a full application. If you are invited to submit a full application, the McAuley Ministries executive director will forward a link to the online application for a major grant.


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

To submit a Letter of Inquiry:

Michele Rone Cooper, Executive Director

McAuley Ministries
McAuley Hall
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3109

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USA: Pennsylvania: Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland neighborhoods of Pittsburgh