The Pittsburgh Foundation

How to Apply

Bethlehem Haven provides shelter and basic needs to women like Andrian, left, who are dealing with housing crises. "I am often asked what does homeless look like. I say, look in a mirror. A homeless individual looks like you or your teenager or your grandparent," said Lois Mufuka Martin in 2014, when she was executive director at Bethlehem Haven. Lois is now chief volunteer engagement officer at United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Bethlehem Haven provides shelter and basic needs to women like Andrian, left, who are dealing with housing crises. "I am often asked what does homeless look like. I say, look in a mirror. A homeless individual looks like you or your teenager or your grandparent," said Lois Mufuka Martin in 2014, when she was executive director at Bethlehem Haven. Lois is now chief volunteer engagement officer at United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

On May 10, 2021, we began streamlining our grant-application process. Our goal is to make it easier and faster for nonprofits to apply for funding from our regular discretionary grant-making stream. The most significant change is that we’re eliminating the requirement to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Also, we’re simplifying the reporting form that grantees must complete at the end of their grant.

While we eliminate the LOI, we are temporarily pausing acceptance of new grant applications.

The application process will re-open on or around June 7, 2021.

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The Pittsburgh Foundation is your community foundation. We work in partnership with nonprofit organizations to meet community needs. Applying is a two-stage process:

  1. Create an organizational profile.
  2. Submit a full application, if invited. 

Who is eligible to apply for grants?

To qualify for regular grant-making support, your nonprofit organization must be located within Allegheny County or demonstrate service to Allegheny County residents. Click to learn more about funding eligibility

Apply through our online grant portal

Over the years, nonprofits have asked the Foundation to streamline its grant application process to reduce paperwork and increase transparency. In response to these requests, we have launched an online portal that makes organizing and submitting applications and support materials easier than ever before. Through the portal, nonprofits may check the status of applications, communicate directly with the Foundation and submit interim progress and final reports. Does your organization already have a profile?

Grant applications through our online portal will resume on June 7, 2021. Read more about our new grant process.