The Pittsburgh Foundation

Other Grant Opportunities

From time to time, The Pittsburgh Foundation has special grant-making opportunities related to specific regions or to issues such as juvenile justice or senior citizens. Please review the links below to determine if your organization may be eligible for these grants. Current funding opportunities include: 
 

Please note that notification of these opportunities is not a guarantee of funding.  

  • GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Serving seniors in Allegheny County

    Serving seniors in Allegheny County

    For several decades, Allegheny County has had one of the nation’s highest concentrations of older adults and has developed a strong and diverse network of services to meet their needs. However, this population shift points to the likely increased need for home and community-based supports, acute services and cost-effective care management to keep seniors healthy and safe in the community. 

    Purpose: The Serving Seniors in Allegheny County funding opportunity is intended to support organizations that help older adults to live as independently as possible with safety and dignity. Specifically, we are looking for programs that: 

    • Ensure residents of elder care facilities are not denied services because of inability to pay.
    • Provide supportive services for seniors in institutional, community-based or home-based settings. 
    • Offer education and training for elder care workers to enhance their abilities to provide quality care.  
    • Develop and/or distribute assistive technology to enable improved quality of life. This might include medical alerts, medication management tools, vision enhancements, etc. 
    • Prevent elder abuse and neglect. 
    • Help seniors meet basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. 
    • Provide community-based medical care/health care for seniors.  
    • Provide direct care and assistance to people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. 

     

    Typical Grant Size: Generally, the Pittsburgh Foundation provides one-year grants, with an average grant size between $50,000 and $75,000. However, multi-year grants up to $100,000 will be considered. 

    Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for grantmaking support, your nonprofit organization must be: 

    • Located within Allegheny County or demonstrate service to Allegheny County residents. 
    • Designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. (If your organization does not have 501(c)(3) status, you may apply utilizing a fiscal sponsor.) 

     

    Application Dates: Proposals are being accepted for our August and November board meetings.  

      Full Application Funding Decision
    Deadline #1 May 3, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)  Aug. 11, 2021
    Deadline #2 Aug. 9, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)  Nov. 17, 2021 

    HOW TO APPLY 
    To apply for funding, you must utilize our online grant portal. You will be asked to create an account if your organization does not already have one.  Learn more

    APPLY ONLINE

    CONTACT US
    If you have any questions regarding this grant opportunity, please feel free to contact Chris Ellis, Program Officer, Healthy Children and Adults at 412-394-2633 or ellisc [at] pghfdn.org. If you have any questions regarding the online grant application, please feel free to contact Jill Ritchie, Senior Program Administrator at 412-394-2611 or ritchiej [at] pghfdn.org

  • GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Lemington Home Fund benefiting African American seniors

     

    Lemington Home Fund

    For several decades, Allegheny County has had one of the nation’s highest concentrations of older adults and has developed a strong and diverse network of services to meet their needs. However, this population shift points to the likely increased need for home and community-based supports, acute services and cost-effective care management to keep seniors healthy and safe in the community. 

    Purpose: The Lemington Home Fund was established to support a continuum of care that includes community-based services, in-home supports, personal care homes, assisted living facilities and nursing home facilities. The Fund will be used for the benefit of low and no-income seniors, with the intention of primarily serving the African American population of Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

    Funding Pool: $550,000 

    Typical Grant Size: Generally, The Pittsburgh Foundation provides one-year grants, with an average grant size between $50,000 and $100,000.  Multi-year grant requests are welcome. 

    ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
    To qualify for grantmaking support from the Lemington Fund, your nonprofit organization must be: 

    • Located within Allegheny County or demonstrate service to Allegheny County residents. 
    • Designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. (If your organization does not have 501(c)(3) status, you may apply utilizing a fiscal sponsor.) 
    • Priority will be given to organizations that primarily serve African American seniors. 

     

    Application Dates: Proposals are being accepted for our August and November board meetings.  

      Full Application Funding Decision
    Deadline #1 May 3, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)  Aug. 11, 2021
    Deadline #2 Aug. 9, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)  Nov. 17, 2021 

    HOW TO APPLY 
    To apply for funding, you must utilize our online grant portal. You will be asked to create an account if your organization does not already have one. Learn more

    apply online

    CONTACT 
    If you have any questions regarding this grant opportunity, please feel free to contact Chris Ellis, Program Officer, Healthy Children and Adults at 412-394-2633 or ellisc [at] pghfdn.org. If you have any questions regarding the online grant application, please feel free to contact Jill Ritchie, Senior Program Administrator at 412-394-2611 or ritchiej [at] pghfdn.org

     

  • GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Supporting low-income residents in Sewickley and surrounding communities

     

    Raymond and Martha Suckling Fund

    Raymond Suckling was an engineering executive who became one of the region’s most significant philanthropists after his death, donating $37.1 million to The Pittsburgh Foundation. The bequest provides $500,000 per year to the Foundation for programs and services that align with the Foundation's mission and values. With Mr. Suckling’s incredible philanthropy, his funds will support those in need in the area in which he lived. He was passionate about helping everyone in his area with his fortune.

    Purpose: To improve the lives of low-income residents in Sewickley, PA and the surrounding communities.

    Funding Pool: $850,000

    Typical Grant Size: Generally, the Pittsburgh Foundation provides one-year grants, with an average grant size between $25,000 - $75,000. However, multi-year grants of up to $150,000 will be considered.

    Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for grantmaking support, your nonprofit organization must be:

    • Located within Allegheny County or Beaver County.
    • Demonstrate service to residents in Sewickley, Aliquippa, Ambridge, Haysville, Leetsdale, McKees Rocks and Coraopolis communities.
    • Designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. (If your organization does not have 501(c)(3) status, you may apply utilizing a fiscal sponsor.)

     

    Application Due Dates:
    Proposals are being accepted for our August and November board meetings.

     

    Application

    Funding Decision

    Deadline #1

    May 3, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)

    Aug. 11, 2021

    Deadline #2

    Aug. 9, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)

    Nov. 17, 2021

    HOW TO APPLY 
    To apply for funding, you must utilize our online grant portal. You will be asked to create an account if your organization does not already have one. Learn more

    apply online

    CONTACT 
    If you have any questions regarding this grant opportunity, please feel free to contact Jenn Sloan, Social Change Fellow in Community Philanthropy at (412) 394-2644 or sloanj [at] pghfdn.org  If you have any questions regarding the online grant application, please feel free to contact Jill Ritchie, Senior Program Administrator at (412) 394-2611 or ritchiej [at] pghfdn.org.

     

  • GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Youth Justice Funding Opportunity

     

    Youth Justice Funding Opportunity

    Youth justice is one of the most significant civil rights issues of our time with young adults who are involved in the juvenile or adult criminal justice systems disproportionately identified as having special needs, disproportionately low-income, and Black and Latinx.[1] In Allegheny County, Black youth are six times more likely to be detained than their white counterparts, and Black girls are ten times as likely than white girls to be referred to the juvenile justice system.[2]  The collateral consequences of juvenile justice involvement include but are not limited to restricted school and education access, suspended driving license, difficulties joining the military, trouble obtaining a job, mental and physical trauma, difficulty attaining financial aid for higher education, financial burdens accrued from court fines, and eviction from public housing. Prevention, early intervention and diversion approaches must be supported and institutionalized. 

    In the fall of 2017, the Foundation’s Program and Policy Department published a participatory research report, Youth Voices and Juvenile Justice Report, that shares themes and recommendations from youth who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing the juvenile justice system in Allegheny County. This report has since guided the Foundation’s grantmaking in this area. Since 2017, the Foundation has issued 23 grants totaling more than $650,000 to organizational partners that execute a range of intervention, prevention and diversion initiatives that are aligned closely with the eight specific priorities and recommendations of the Foundation’s research report. This funding opportunity will build upon the work that has been supported to-date and deepen the Foundation’s commitment to removing systemic barriers that keep young people and their families from thriving. 

    Purpose: The Pittsburgh Foundation is requesting proposals from organizations in Allegheny County with the experience, commitment and capacity to implement intervention and prevention activities aimed at preventing youth involvement in the justice system as early as possible. Successful proposals under this funding opportunity will address one of the following priorities: 

    • Identify opportunities to prevent and address disproportionate system-involvement of youth of color, with a particular focus on girls of color in Allegheny County.  

    • Identify opportunities to support prevention and diversion initiatives.  

    • Engage youth as advocates against corrections system involvement by integrating their voices as agents of change, among their peers and in their communities.  

    • Support efforts to reform the system of restitution and court-related fees and fines. 

     

    Funding Pool and Typical Grant Size: The Pittsburgh Foundation has allocated $450,000 for this funding opportunity and will support funding requests that range from $25,000 to $75,000. 

    Eligibility Criteria:  The Pittsburgh Foundation is seeking requests from nonprofit organizations with the demonstrated capacity and the relevant expertise and knowledge to carry out initiatives that reflect the RFP priorities. To be eligible for this grant opportunity, you must: 

    • Designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. (If your organization does not have 501(c)(3) status, you may apply utilizing a fiscal sponsor.) 

    • Be located in, and work must primarily benefit residents of Allegheny County. 

    • Have relevant knowledge and expertise in activities aimed at disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline 

    • Demonstrated capacity to carry out the work proposed in the application. 

     

    Preference will be given to those organizations or projects that: 

    • Demonstrate leadership and/or meaningful involvement by youth and families most directly impacted by the issues that the request is addressing.  

    • Utilize a racial equity lens and address the disparate outcomes impacting youth of color. 

    • Engage youth, communities, schools, the courts and other key stakeholders in addressing the above recommendations. 

    • Explain how they will evaluate their project and document and share outcomes, including successes and challenges of the proposed work. 

     

    Application Due Dates: Proposals are being accepted for our August and November 2021 board meetings.

     

    Full Application

    Funding Decision

    Deadlines #1

    May 3, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)

    Aug. 11, 2021

    Deadlines #2

    Aug. 9, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)

    Nov. 17, 2021

    HOW TO APPLY
    To apply for funding, you must utilize our online grant portal. You will be asked to create an account if your organization does not already have one. Learn more

    apply online

    CONTACT
    If you have any questions regarding this grant opportunity, please feel free to contact Michael Yonas, vice president for Public Health, Research and Learning, at 412-394-2612 or yonasm [at] pghfdn.org.   

    If you have any questions regarding the online grant application, please feel free to contact Jill Ritchie, senior program administrator, at 412-394-2611 or ritchiej [at] pghfdn.org.

     

    (1) Opportunity Nation: The Forum for Youth Investment.
    (2) The Sentencing Project. (2017). Change in Black/ White Racial Disparity in Youth Incarceration [Figure].
    (3) Sickmund, M., Sladky, T.J., Kang, W., & Puzzanchera, C. (2019). Easy Access to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement [Data set].
    (4) Institutional Inequity: Pathways to Juvenile Justice.