The Pittsburgh Foundation

Eligibility Criteria Find out if your organization is eligible to apply for a Small and Mighty grant.

In 2017, a $15,000 Small and Mighty grant was awarded to Rainbow Kitchen Community Services, an organization that provides a vital safety net for low-income individuals and those experiencing homelessness in Homestead and surrounding communities.
In 2017, a $15,000 Small and Mighty grant was awarded to Rainbow Kitchen Community Services, an organization that provides a vital safety net for low-income individuals and those experiencing homelessness in Homestead and surrounding communities.

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • Have an organizational budget of $600,000 or less.

  • Be certified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code may apply. Groups without official nonprofit status may also apply, but will need to partner with a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as the fiscal sponsor for the request.

  • Provide direct services to residents of Allegheny County.

  • Provide services that address a basic need such as food, housing, healthcare, childcare, education and employment (How we define these basic needs). 

  • Have at least two years of operating history in Allegheny County to apply for operating support.

Highest priority will be given to organizations that:

  • Are located in (or primarily serve) economically distressed and/or underserved neighborhoods.

  • Serve a racial or ethnic group disproportionately impacted by poverty.

  • Are inclusive of the communities they serve when setting organizational and/or programmatic priorities.

  • Specifically address the needs of youths aged 12 to 24 and/or single women with children.

In general, we do not fund one-time events or short-term programs consisting of just a few interactions with participants.

Additionally, organizations that have been awarded a grant in the last 12-months are not eligible to apply for a grant unless invited.  This does not include grants received through a Critical Needs Alert, Wish Book or donor-advised funds.