Pittsburgh Foundation Grant

Pittsburgh Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $800,000

Next deadline: Feb 25, 2020 8:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Mar 16, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal), May 12, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Jun 9, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal), Aug 18, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Sep 15, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Dec 5, 2020 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Jan 6, 2021 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

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About this funder:



Under our strategic plan, we strive to strengthen our focus on community and the positive impact achieved through our grantmaking. Central to our funding priorities is the policy governing grant-making support from discretionary funds. Our funding priorities fall into three categories: Basic Needs, Healthy Communities and Vibrant Democracy.

Basic Needs

Basic Needs grants help to create self-sustaining individuals and families. We support projects that address the following focus areas: Quality pre-K through 12 Education, Affordable Housing, Public Transportation, Healthy Children and Adults, and Opportunities for Meaningful Work. 

Evidenced by:

  • Affordable Housing: Increase the supply of affordable housing for low and moderate-income families and seniors and reduce the number of people who become homeless.
  • Healthy Children and Adults: Improve community-based systems of care that support the physical and mental health of vulnerable populations in Allegheny County.
  • Opportunities for Meaningful Work: Develop integrated systems to prepare, recruit, promote and retain entry-level workers in growth industries, particularly through industry partnerships, and improve opportunities for unemployed and low-wage workers as well as youth to advance in the labor market and thereby increase their earned income.
  • Quality pre-K through 12 Education: Increase student achievement for all children in all subject matter areas, with special emphasis on acquiring foundational skills necessary to master reading and mathematics, graduate from high school and transition to college or a meaningful career; improve the quality of out-of-school programs; and develop educational leaders who support academic proficiency, racial equity, and the rights of every student to learn.
  • Viable System of Public Transportation: Enhance access to entry-level jobs and needed services through integrated transit systems; expand strategic alliances to increase transit ridership; and promote development of healthy transportation alternatives (walking, biking, etc.).

Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities supports organizations and projects that address the following focus areas: Enhanced Ecological Awareness and Activism, Safe Communities, and Encourage Creativity. 

Evidenced by:

  • Enhanced Ecological Awareness and Activism: Encourage communities to assess and decrease their carbon footprint.
  • Safe Communities: Create a community-based effort that increases the capacity of communities to work together to eliminate violence; and develop comprehensive and integrated re-entry and diversion programs that include case management, job development, human services and criminal justice linkages.
  • Encourage Creativity: Develop and sustain a complex arts ecology composed of individual artists, arts organizations and arts service organizations with project, operating, technical assistance and capacity-building grantmaking.

Vibrant Democracy:

Vibrant Democracy seeks to increase civic dialogue and to create and disseminate research to inform and shape policy. To encourage civic participation, we invest in projects that address the following focus areas: Civic Engagement and Research and Dissemination of Findings to Impact Policy.  

Evidenced by:

  • Civic Engagement: Increase participation in civic dialogue leading to community organizing to advance social change.
  • Research and Dissemination of Findings to Impact Policy: Create and disseminate research on critical community issues designed to inform and shape public policy.

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


  • To qualify for unrestricted grant support, your nonprofit organization must be located within Allegheny County or demonstrate service to Allegheny County residents.
  • The Foundation only makes grants to nonprofits designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations(including churches) or to public entities such as towns, public schools or state agencies. All others must utilize a fiscal agent. 
  • Organizations that have been awarded a grant in the last 12-months are not eligible to apply for a grant unless invited.
  • Projects must serve one of the Foundation's strategic funding area(s):
    • Self Sufficient Individuals and Families  
    • Quality K-12 Education  
    • Affordable Housing  
    • Public Transportation  
    • Healthy Children and Adults  
    • Meaningful Work  
    • Healthy Communities  
    • Enhanced Ecological Awareness & Activism  
    • Safe Communities  
    • Respect & Value Diversity  
    • Excellence in Civic Design  
    • Encourage Creativity  
    • Vibrant Democracy  
    • Civic Engagement  
    • Research and Dissemination of Findings to Impact Policy  


  • The Pittsburgh Foundation primarily grants to nonprofit organizations located within Allegheny County or who serve the population in Allegheny County.