Buhl Foundation Grant Program

Buhl Foundation

Suggest an update

Grant amount: Up to US $250,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Preferred: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Other eligible locations: Counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County Show all

View website    Save

About this funder:




The Buhl Foundation provide grants to organizations in Western Pennsylvania to help the residents they serve with a special concern for the well-being of the citizens of the City of Pittsburgh and the County of Allegheny. The Buhl Foundation operates as a tax-exempt private, non-operating foundation in accordance with the wishes of its founder, Henry Buhl, Jr.

Buhl's giving has historically been focused in Southwestern Pennsylvania with an emphasis on Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh and most recently, a revisioned focus on the Northside. The Foundation looks to find opportunities that best leverage our dollars and contribute to the sustainability and vitality of the community.

Areas of Focus
The mission, objectives and guiding principles of the Foundation have traditionally been focused on the following areas of giving:

Education –Initiatives that foster learning environments critical to building a knowledgeable and talented population.
Education has always been a cornerstone of our giving. Over the course of the Foundation's existence, our educational giving has adapted to the changing needs of our community. Most recently, the Foundation's education giving has been directed primarily for the benefit of K-12 public schools with the goal that students graduate prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Areas of interest have included initiatives that improve quality of instruction, advance the professional development of teachers, develop effective curriculum with a particular emphasis on science and math, integrate arts and culture into curriculum in partnership with community groups, support environments in which youth can learn, encourage community and higher education partnerships that further science, technology, engineering or math education (STEM), and promote intermediary organizations that improve school quality, governance, leadership and accountability.
In its earliest years, the Foundation invested heavily in academic research and, at various times in its history, has endowed professional chairs at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny College and Carnegie Science Center. Later, during the period from 1930 to 1970, prior to widespread institutional or government funded scholarship programs, the Foundation provided more than one thousand scholarships to aspiring students. In the advent of the computer age, the Foundation invested heavily in library technology and university distance learning centers. As discussed further below, the Foundation is again revisiting its funding priorities with an eye toward the Northside.

Youth Development – Projects that provide opportunities for our young people to thrive, to be safe and to live in a nurturing environment.
The Pittsburgh region that Mr. Buhl loved will thrive when young people are able to learn and to assume the responsibilities of civic participation and leadership. The Buhl Foundation looks for initiatives, particularly in disadvantaged communities, that support young people in out-of-school time activities that develop leadership, enhance learning, encourage community service, provide recreational enjoyment or prevent violence. These priorities are currently being evaluated with specific focus on the Northside of Pittsburgh.

Human Services – Strategies where our resources make a difference in addressing persistent community challenges or unmet needs of at-risk neighborhoods.
The Foundation has funded efforts that support a thriving and diverse community, encourage citizen volunteers or improve access to services. Support has also been provided for special projects that improve the effectiveness of such organizations to reach out and meet these human service needs.

Economic and Community Development – Efforts that encourage innovation and entrepreneurial solutions to improve the quality of life.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants are limited to organizations that are located in Southwestern Pennsylvania and are defined as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and which are not private or operating foundations as defined in section 509(a) of the Code.


  • Preference is given to undertakings that support Downtown and North Side revitalization, enhance neighborhood vitality, or encourage use of our parks and recreational opportunities.


  • Grants are not normally made for building funds, overhead costs, accumulated deficits, ordinary operating expenses, general fundraising campaigns, loans, scholarships and fellowships, other foundations, nationally funded organized groups or individuals.
  • Grants are not made for support of propaganda, sectarian religious activities, or efforts to influence legislation.
  • The Foundation does not contribute to political events.
  • Support is not provided for charity events or fundraising benefits, nor does the Foundation purchase tables at such events.
  • Conferences or seminars are not normally funded.