The Foundation requires organizations interested in applying to fit within clearly defined parameters and demonstrate the ability to achieve measurable impact.
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has two main vehicles for funding:
- 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. The Community Development and Youth Violence Prevention Initiatives prefer programs based on national best practice models with potential for replicability, and primarily serve Pittsburgh and Boston (with occasional exceptions). The Environment Initiative focuses on partnering with organizations working on a national scale. Initiative grants are typically in the range of $25,000-$50,000. (Please see the Initiatives’ individual pages for their specific guidelines.)
- General Grants – Trustees personally invite 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 very few new organizations to this category each year.
Please review our How We Fund section 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
If you aren’t sure of the answers to those points, contact us at email@example.com or 412.281.8734.
Note: Recipients of General Grants in the past two years should click here.