Our Grants Process
Please review Who We Support to determine if your charitable organization fits the Foundation’s grantmaking interests.
If your review confirms your organization may qualify for a grant, your next step is to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI), if your organization:
- Has never received a grant from the Foundation
- Would like to be considered for an Initiative Grant
- Previously received a General Grant, but has not been funded in the past two years
What is the difference between a General Grant and an Initiative Grant?
- 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.
- 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. Initiative grants are typically in the range of $25,000-$50,000. Please see the Initiatives’ individual pages for their guidelines.
If you aren’t sure of the answers to those points, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.281.8734.
Note: Recipients of General Grants in the past two years should click here.
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