The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty Grants

Michelle McMurray, MSW, the Foundation's director of grantmaking for Children, Youth and Families, led a Small and Mighty information session for grant-seekers in September 2016. At the session, potential applicants learned about deadlines, guidelines and the application process.
Michelle McMurray, MSW, the Foundation's director of grantmaking for Children, Youth and Families, led a Small and Mighty information session for grant-seekers in September 2016. At the session, potential applicants learned about deadlines, guidelines and the application process.

The Pittsburgh Foundation launched the Small and Mighty grants program in 2016 in an effort to bridge the gap between our grantmaking and the neighborhood-based nonprofits that work to better our region. Small nonprofits — that is, organizations with annual budgets under $600,000 — account for two-thirds of the Pittsburgh region’s nonprofit sector, and typically serve our community’s most underserved populations and neighborhoods. Unfortunately, these organizations are among the most under-resourced nonprofits. This is especially true for nonprofits that are led by and serve communities of color.

Designed with input from small nonprofits and their staffs, Small and Mighty was created to reduce common barriers to grant-seeking. It offers grants of up to $15,000 through a streamlined process that delivers decisions in as little as 60 days. In addition to funding, Small and Mighty grantees also have access to workshops, peer-learning opportunities and networking events to support their continued growth and development.

The Small and Mighty grants program is part of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, which seeks to ensure that Pittsburgh residents who live at or near the federal poverty line have access to opportunities for participation in the region’s revitalized economy.

2020 GRANT CYCLE

Now entering its fifth year, Small and Mighty provides grants up to $15,000 in three categories: unrestricted operating support, capacity-building support and program-specific support. Read full eligibility criteria.

The application process has already begun; see the timeline below for details. 

2020 TIMELINE

June 5 Information Session registration begins 
July 7 & 8 Information Sessions held. 
July 17-22 Office hours for applicants who need extra assistance (sign up info will posted after Information Sessions are held).
Aug. 13 2020 grant applications due.
Aug. 14-Oct. 7 Applications under review.
Oct. 13 2020 grantees notified.

INFORMATION SESSION SIGN-UP

Sign up to be notified about future Information Sessions. Thank you for your interest in the Small & Mighty Grant Program.