Apply for Funding & What to Expect

Step 1: Review our Guidelines

Please take a moment to review our application guidelines to determine if your organization and your project meet our funding criteria.

If you are unsure if your project fits within our guidelines, or if you have not spoken with a Program Staff member, please email a brief description of the project to A staff member will contact you within 10 business days of your inquiry.

The Foundation does not have submission deadlines; applications are accepted throughout the year.


Step 2: Submit a New Proposal

Looking to access your in-progress or submitted applications? Click here to view all of your applications.

Please note: New applicants will need to create an online “MyAccount” prior to submitting an application. After clicking the appropriate link below, you will be directed to a sign-in page that contains instructions for creating an account.

Existing MyAccount holders: Please click on the appropriate link below to start a new application. New applications cannot be created from within your MyAccount.

501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations
Click here to begin the online application process.

Governmental units
Click here to begin the online application process.

Unsure of your organization’s status? Visit the IRS’ website  and enter your EIN to determine your eligibility.

Once your online application has been recorded in our database, an automatic email reply will be sent to you acknowledging receipt. The application will be assigned to the appropriate Program Staff member and you will receive a response within 60 days.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to speak to someone personally, please contact the Grants Administrator, at 412-246-3636 or

Please click the following links if you are experiencing issues accessing either of the following forms:

Organizational Budget Form

Project Budget and Narrative Form

Step 3: Review Process

The Foundation’s review process from submission to approval or declination may take up to 90 days. In some cases the review process might be longer.

  • The Grants Administrator reviews all proposals and may contact you for additional information or clarification of information submitted in the application.
  • Once the application and additional items submitted are in order, the application is reviewed by the President and Program Staff, who decide whether the application should be presented to the Board of Trustees. Factors such as alignment with the Foundation’s mission, timing of a project, the project budget, or the Foundation’s funding schedule may have an impact on the approval or declination of a proposal.
  • Proposals recommended for consideration by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees are then placed on the agenda for consideration and are voted on by the Board.
  • Within two weeks of grant approval, grantees are notified of the award via a grant agreement letter.
  • At any point in the process, if Staff decides not to recommend a proposal to the Board, or if the Board decides not to award funding, your organization will receive a declination letter.


Step 4: Reporting

Grantees are required to submit written reports of the project approved for funding. The reporting requirements and due dates are set by Program Staff and are outlined in the Grant Agreement Letter.

Online report forms are posted to your MyAccount at least 30 days prior to the due date and may be accessed through your MyAccount under the “Requirements” heading. If the grant report form has not been posted, contact the Grants Administrator, at 412-246-3636 or

Learn more about reporting requirements here.