Apply For a Grant

The Pittsburgh Foundation is your community foundation. We work in partnership with nonprofit organizations to meet community needs. In response to requests from nonprofit organizations like yours, we have launched an online grant application portal that streamlines the application process, reduces paperwork and increases the transparency of the funding process. Organizing and submitting letters of inquiry, applications and support materials is now easier than ever before. Through the portal, you can check the status of applications, communicate directly with the Foundation, and review progress reports.



To qualify for unrestricted grant support, your nonprofit organization must be located within Allegheny County or demonstrate service to Allegheny County residents. The Foundation only makes grants to nonprofits designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations (including churches) or to public entities such as towns, public schools or state agencies. All others must utilize a fiscal agent. For questions about your organization’s eligibility, please contact Jill Ritchie at or 412-394-2611.



The grant portal will maintain a record of your organization’s application history, which your organization may access any time. Before you start the setup process, we recommend that you carefully read the instructions and watch this video tutorial about how to create an account. 

You may begin the process by entering your organization’s information, which creates the organizational profile. Be sure to enter your organization’s information accurately at setup! Once your profile is created, it can only be edited by the Foundation’s staff. We recommend that everyone within your organization use one user account so that you may all easily view your organization’s full grant request history.

If you need assistance at any point of the process please contact our Grant Support Team at



We recommend that you create your account well in advance of grant submission deadlines in order to avoid last-minute issues. For best results, we recommend you use Google Chrome 14 or higher, Firefox 9 or higher, or Safari 4. Internet Explorer is also acceptable, but you may encounter some minor technical issues. We encourage you to watch this video tutorial about how to navigate the portal. We also recommend that you read these Frequently Asked Questions before you begin the application process.

When establishing your organizational account, you will be required to provide:

  • An email address as your username.
  • Your contact information.
  • Your organization’s information, including its EIN number.
  • Contact information for your organization’s executive officer.

Once your account is established, representatives from your organization may log in anytime to edit contact information, review the list of available grants and write letters of inquiry. You may save your inquiry as a draft and log back in later to revise and add supplemental materials before submitting. You may also review the status of your application. If a grant is awarded, check due dates and submit progress reports directly from your account.   


The Foundation awards grants 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 Deadline    Full Application Deadline     For funding decisions by *

                                          Jan. 4, 2016                        Feb. 17, 2016

                                          March 3, 2016                     May 11, 2016

                                          June 9, 2016                       Aug. 10, 2016

Sept. 5, 2016                     Sept. 26, 2016                    Nov. 16, 2016

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



The letter of inquiry consists of two short sections about your grant inquiry and your organization, which must be completed in the online portal before submission. You will also be asked to provide budgetary information, a program or project overview and a timeline. Once your letter of inquiry is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation.

After submission, you may check back into the portal anytime for status updates. If your organization is selected to submit a full grant application, you will be notified by email and provided with full grant application instructions. Please note that a request for a grant application does not guarantee funding.



Please note that the Foundation does not award unrestricted grants to individuals, nor does the Foundation generally award unrestricted grants for annual operating costs, sectarian purposes, private or parochial schools, individual public schools, individual hospitals, organizations addressing the needs relating to single diseases, endowment campaigns, capital costs, special events, conferences, scholarships, internships or awards.

The Foundation, through restricted and designated funds, does offer scholarship assistance. Individual artists may also explore funding opportunities through the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh program and The Pittsburgh Region Artists Program . Early-career scientists are encouraged to explore research funding from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, which is a supporting organization of the Foundation.

For unrestricted or medical research grants, please follow the appropriate guidelines for reporting.