Laurel Foundation Grant

Laurel Foundation

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $50,000

Next deadline: Apr 1, 2020

Later deadlines: Oct 1, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

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

Location of residency: United States

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Note: Organizations are advised to carefully review this website to gauge the Foundation’s possible interest prior to submitting a full proposal. If there is uncertainty, a brief, one-page letter of inquiry may be sent to the President, including a summary of the project and related costs.

Grantmaking Overview

Laurel Foundation was established in 1951 by Cordelia S. May, who served as Chairman until her death in 2005. The Foundation perpetuates Mrs. May’s philanthropic vision, which reflects her Pittsburgh heritage and her desire to preserve and promote the region’s culture, environment, and rich history.

Concentrating its grantmaking primarily in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania, the principal funding areas include:

  • arts and culture,
  • environment and conservation,
  • vocational education, and
  • community development/beautification. 

With an emphasis on outcomes and accountability, grants will focus on programs that offer long-term benefits for participants and the community. 

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


  • Laurel Foundation concentrates its grantmaking in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • The Foundation awards grants only to organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


  • The Foundation favors programs that foster individual responsibility and self-sufficiency, exhibit a commitment to sound fiscal and program management, implement collaborative efforts, and demonstrate measurable outcomes.


  • Individuals are not eligible for funding, nor are grants made for scholarships or fellowships.
  • Social and cultural organizations whose services fall outside the Greater Pittsburgh area are not encouraged to submit a request. 
  • The Foundation does not ordinarily approve consecutive-year grants, preferring instead to monitor the status of a program prior to additional funding approval.