Applying for a Grant

Previously-funded organizations should refer to the Proposal Stage, further down this page.

As a family-led foundation, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation funds a broad range of organizations reflecting the diverse interests of individual Trustees. In FY15, the Foundation will pay grants totaling around $3.1 million. To learn more about our recent grants, you can download a list of grants paid in 2013 and 2014 fiscal years and/or review an interactive map of grantees.

Please read through all of the instructions below before you choose to submit an inquiry or proposal.

Step 1 – Are You Eligible?

The Foundation supports United States-based organizations with a current 501(c)(3) status. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, small businesses, or organizations that aren’t incorporated in the U.S. The Foundation rarely funds start-up organizations and does not make grants for sponsorships, fundraising events, or direct or indirect lobbying efforts.

Step 2 – Do You Connect with Our Interests?

Most grants are to organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania (primarily in Pittsburgh) and New England (mainly the Boston region, New Hampshire, and Southern Maine), although individual Trustees may show an interest in organizations across the country.

The Foundation meets in June and November to consider invited proposals from eligible organizations in two grant categories:

General Grants

Trustees personally invite most proposals for General Grants. Grantees are typically organizations serving the communities in which Trustees live or work, organizations for which family members have volunteered, or schools they have attended. Most grants are for general operating support or direct service programs and range from $5,000-$10,000. The Foundation adds few new organizations to this category each year.

Special Initiative Grants

The Trustees work in committees to invite and review proposals for larger grants focused on specific results in Community Development, the Environment, and Youth Violence Prevention. Special Initiative grants are typically in the range of $25,000-$50,000. Please see the Initiatives’ individual pages for their guidelines.

Step 3 – How Do You Apply?

The Foundation uses an online application system for all letters of inquiry (LOI) and grant proposals. This system allows you to easily add and update your organization’s profile and gives the Trustees and staff quick electronic access to your information. It also reduces paper use and postage costs for you and the Foundation.

Inquiry Stage

You will need to submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) in the online system if your organization:

    • Would like to be considered for a Special Initiative Grant
    • Is applying for a General Grant for the first time
    • Previously received a General Grant but has not been funded in the past two years

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement that confirms your inquiry was submitted. We typically will respond within 30 days to inform you if the Trustees will invite a full proposal.

Letters of Inquiry are welcome at any time, however, we recommend that you follow these guidelines:

2014 LOI and Proposal Deadlines

Proposal Stage

Proposals are accepted by invitation only. See deadlines above.

If the Trustees have responded positively to your inquiry, the Foundation will send you an email with instructions for submitting a full proposal.

If your organization has received a General Grant in the past two years, you don’t need to submit an inquiry. The Foundation will send emails to all organizations that Trustees are inviting to submit proposals by August 22nd (please check your spam filter to ensure that the email does not inadvertently end up there). The email will include instructions for logging into the online system, updating your organization’s information, and completing a brief proposal.

If the Foundation last provided a General Grant to your organization more than two years ago, you will need to submit a letter of inquiry. See Step 3 – Inquiry Stage above.

To start using the online application system, click here. Our New Applicant Help Guide should answer any questions you may have.

If you are using assistive technologies to access our web site, or encounter other difficulties with the system, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 412.281.8734 or from 8:00am-5:30pm eastern time during the work week.

Step 4 – What Happens to Your Proposal?

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement when your proposal is submitted. A Trustee or committee of Trustees will then review your proposal. We will contact organizations that are new to us or that are applying for Special Initiative grants to arrange for a conference call or site visit. We may also contact previous grant recipients for follow-up information.

An individual Trustee or committee of Trustees may recommend funding a proposal, but no decision is final until after the Foundation considers that recommendation at its meeting in June or November. The staff will notify you of the Foundation’s decision within a few days after the meeting and the Foundation will pay the grant within 90 days of the meeting.


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