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: For social service organizations providing direct care and assistance to people suffering from health conditions

    Robert N. Kohman Trust for Medical Assistance and Research Field of Interest Fund

    The Pittsburgh Foundation has numerous funds that support areas of interest in our region. These funds are known as “Field of Interest” funds. The health care services your organization offers may qualify you as eligible to receive a grant from one of our Field of Interest funds. If you determine that this grant opportunity is not a good fit for your organization at this time, we encourage you to visit our website to learn about other opportunities for which your organization may be eligible. Please note you may only apply to one grant opportunity from The Pittsburgh Foundation in a 12-month period.

    Purpose: The Robert N. Kohman Trust for Medical Assistance and Research Field of Interest Fund was established at The Pittsburgh Foundation in 2003. A portion of the income from this fund “shall be used to help social service organizations providing direct care and assistance to people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other serious afflictions of the general population.” The Foundation is now seeking proposals from organizations engaged in this work.

    About Robert N. Kohman: Robert “Bob” N. Kohman was born in Pittsburgh on Dec. 26, 1921. A graduate of Yale University, he served honorably as a naval officer during World War II and also in the Merchant Marines, after which he returned home to run the family business. Bob was an advocate for many charitable causes and gave generously. He loved the opera, dining out, gardening and spending time with family and friends. He was a devoted dog owner, training and caring for them with the utmost love until his death in 2002.

    Funding pool and typical grant size: The Pittsburgh Foundation has allocated $500,000 for this funding opportunity and will support requests that range from $25,000 to $75,000. Larger and multi-year requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Eligibility Criteria: The Pittsburgh Foundation is seeking requests from nonprofit social service organizations with the demonstrated capacity and the relevant expertise and knowledge to carry out initiatives providing direct care and assistance to people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other serious afflictions of the general population.

    To be eligible for this grant opportunity, you must be:

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

    Preference will be given to those organizations or projects that:

    • Reflect relevant knowledge, experience and expertise in activities aimed at providing high-quality care and assistance to individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease, AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other serious afflictions of the general population.
    • Utilize a racial equity lens and address the disparate outcomes impacting individuals and communities of color.
    • Engage individuals and communities in designing and implementing direct care and assistance services.
    • Explain how efforts and outcomes will be evaluated, documented and shared. This includes successes and challenges of the proposed work.
     

    Application Dates: Proposals are being accepted for our July and November 2022 board meetings.  

      Full Application Funding Decision
    Deadline July 27, 2022 (by 5 p.m.)  Nov. 16, 2022

    HOW TO APPLY 
    To apply, 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 Michael Yonas, Dr.PH., vice president for Public Health, Research and Learning at 412-394-2612 or 412-877-2428 (mobile) 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.

  • 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:  Review our application deadlines to learn more about grant cycles and upcoming deadlines.

    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. 

    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:  Review our application deadlines to learn more about grant cycles and upcoming deadlines.

    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.

      Full Application Funding Decision
    Deadline July 27, 2022 (by 5 p.m.)  Nov. 16, 2022

    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

    We encourage organizations that are youth driven and/or youth guided, AND that use a racial equity, racial justice and intersectional lens in their work to apply. Note that intersectionality describes the ways in which systems of inequality based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class and other forms of discrimination “intersect” to create unique dynamics and effects around the justice system.

    FOCUS AREAS

    Priority will be given to proposals that address at least one of the four focus areas below:
    • Current, emergent issue: Projects and organizations dedicated to addressing a youth-justice issue of emergent and urgent priority that is related to youth involvement with the justice system.

    • Professional development and training: Projects, organizations and schools seeking professional development and training for staff in best practices addressing intersectionality, trauma, conflict resolution or mediation skills development aimed at disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.

    • Supporting youth across the spectrum of involvement: Projects and organizations that focus on supporting youth who have any justice system involvement, from those in deterrent programs to those who have experienced placement.

    • Strengthening family and community: Projects and organizations that focus on strengthening family units and community based strategies, especially in the area of child welfare.

     

    FUNDING POOL: $250,000.

    GRANT SIZE: Maximum single grant size: $50,000.

    DURATION: One or two years.

    GRANT TYPE: Program support or operating support.

    ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
     To qualify for grant-making support from The Pittsburgh Foundation-directed funds, your nonprofit organization must be:

    • 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. 

     

    APPLICATION DEADLINE

      Full Application Funding Decision
    Deadline July 27, 2022 (by 5 p.m.)  Oct. 3, 2022

     

    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

    The grant opportunity is titled: "Youth Justice Funding Opportunity."

    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 or Jennifer Sloan, social change in community philanthropy fellow, 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.

     

    ABOUT THIS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
    These funding priorities were established together with our participatory grant-making pilot design team, which includes:

    • Tashira Halyard, J.D., Gwen’s Girls

    • Shauntaya Hester, M.S., Foundation of HOPE

    • Tammy Hughes, Ph.D., Duquesne University Youth Advocacy Clinic

    • Andre Turner, Brothers and Sisters Emerging (BASE)

     

    The Pittsburgh Foundation design team members include:

    • Michael Yonas, Dr.PH., vice president, Public Health, Research and Learning.

    • Jennifer Sloan, M.P.H., social change in community philanthropy fellow.

    • Tika Good, program associate.