PNC Foundation Grants

PNC Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $600,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: District of Columbia, Counties in Alabama: Autauga County, Baldwin County, Dallas County, Elmore County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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PNC Foundation

Strengthening and enriching the lives of our neighbors in communities where we live and work

Vision & Mission

For decades, we have provided resources to seed ideas, foster development initiatives and encourage leadership in nonprofit organizations where imagination and determination are at work enhancing people's lives everyday.

The PNC Foundation's priority is to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations in order to enhance educational opportunities, with an emphasis on early childhood education, and to promote the growth of communities through economic development initiatives.

Foundation Grants

The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with a special emphasis on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support early childhood education and/or economic development.


The PNC Foundation supports educational programs for children and youth, particularly early education initiatives that serve low-and moderate-income children (birth through age five), their teachers and families. Priority is given to high quality early childhood education initiatives that meet the criteria established through PNC Grow Up Great, specifically, support school readiness; focus in areas including vocabulary development, social-emotional learning, math, science, and the arts; and include one or some combination of the following:

  • Programming or direct services for children (birth to five years old) in classrooms or community-based settings
  • Parent/caregiver education and engagement; involvement of families in programming related to their child’s early learning
  • Professional development/workforce development for early childhood educators; support for professional learning and skill-development for current and future early childhood educators
  • Volunteer opportunities for PNC employees

Economic Development 

Economic development organizations, including those which enhance the quality of life through neighborhood revitalization, cultural enrichment and human services are given support. Priority is given to community development initiatives that strategically promote the growth of low-and moderate-income communities and/or provide services to these communities.

Community Services

Support is given to social services organizations that benefit the health, education, quality of life or provide essential services for low-and moderate-income individuals and families. The PNC Foundation supports job training programs and organizations that provide essential services for their families. PNC provides support for early learning and educational enrichment programs for children in low-and moderate-income families as well as for the construction of community facilities that benefit low-and moderate-income communities.

Affordable Housing

The PNC Foundation understands the critical need for affordable housing for low-and moderate-income individuals. We are committed to providing support to nonprofit organizations that give counseling and services to help these individuals maintain their housing stock; offer transitional housing units and programs; and/or offer credit counseling assistance to individuals, helping them to prepare for homeownership.

Community Development

Because small businesses are often critical components of community growth and help foster business development, the PNC Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that (i) offer technical assistance to, or loan programs for, small businesses located in low-and moderate-income areas or (ii) support small businesses that employ low-and moderate-income individuals.

Revitalization & Stabilization of Low-and Moderate-Income Areas

The PNC Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that serve low-and moderate-income neighborhoods by improving living and working conditions. Support is given to organizations that help stabilize communities, eliminate blight and attract and retain businesses and residents to the community.

Arts & Culture

Support is given for cultural enrichment programs benefitting the community.

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


  • Nonprofit charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Revenue Code can apply for grant.
  • Organizations exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Code are further classified into subsections:
    • 509(A) Private nonoperating foundation
      • 170(B)(1)(a)(i) Church (Religious organization)
      • 170(B)(1)(a)(ii) School (University)
      • 170(B)(1)(a)(iii) Hospital or medical research organization
      • 170(B)(1)(a)(iv) Organization which operates for benefit of college or university and is owned or operated by a governmental unit.
      • 170(B)(1)(a)(v) Governmental unit
      • 170(B)(1)(a)(vi) Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public.
    • 509(A)(2) - Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.
    • 509(A)(3) - Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with organizations described in the previous seven items.
      • 509(A)(3) - Type I
      • 509(A)(3) - Type II
  • Organizations receiving support from the PNC Foundation must have an appropriate current Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt designation and be eligible to receive charitable contributions. In addition, the proposed activity must occur in a community where PNC has a significant presence.


  • As much as we would like to fund every worthy cause presented to us, the number of requests for consideration exceeds our ability to fund them all.  We do not support the following: 
    • Organizations that discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, age, ancestry, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status
    • Religious organizations, except for non-sectarian activities
    • Advocacy groups
    • Operating funds for agencies that receive funds through PNC United Way allocation
    • Individuals or private foundations
    • Annual funds for hospitals or colleges/universities
    • Conferences and seminars
    • Tickets and goodwill advertising