Request for Proposals
We use Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to solicit great ideas for a specific strategic effort. Those requests enable us to focus our funding on critical topics and cultivate partnerships with a variety of organizations. Each RFP has specific guidance about topics, timelines, and other funding considerations. We currently have one active RFP, and are accepting ideas until NOON on Friday, October 8, 2021. The link below provide detailed guidance about this RFP.
Nonprofit and public sector partners apply through our General Application.
The General Application is open to proposals that are aligned with our 2021-2030 strategy and have a different or broader scope than we are considering through our more targeted RFIs. Any nonprofit or government agency can submit using our General Application at any time during the year. Please note: At this time, it is highly unlikely that we will consider unsolicited proposals seeking Organizational Effectiveness funding.
The geography served varies by Foundation funding program. The Economic Mobility, Health and Well-Being, and Organizational Effectiveness funding programs serve Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. The Economic Development and Social-Impact Investments programs also provide funding in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, and we will consider investments funded through these programs across western Pennsylvania on a case-by-case basis. Conservation is our only national program - in Conservation we consider applications to advance our charitable purpose locally, across Pennsylvania, and across the United States. Your application should clearly explain how your work will benefit the geographies we serve.
No, the Foundation is generally not providing multi-year grants at this time. Currently, the majority of our grants are twelve months to eighteen months.
Yes, the Foundation provides general operating support for organizations that are not postsecondary institutions or research institutions.
In the application, you will encounter a question about the type of support that you are seeking. You can select from the following options: Capital Support; General Operating Support; Land Acquisition; Project Support.
Yes, the Foundation supports indirect expenses for organizations that are not postsecondary institutions or research institutions. The Foundation defines indirect expenses as those expenses categorized as “Management and General”; “Administrative and Management”; or “Fundraising” according to the IRS and FASB functional expense allocation guidelines.
For organizations that are eligible to receive support for indirect expenses, the Foundation does not have a recommended overhead ratio. The core mission support provided by management, fundraising, and other general overhead functions are critical to a project and organization's success.
Yes, audited financial statements are required as part of the nonprofit and public sector application. However, the Foundation will consider applications from organizations that have externally compiled or reviewed financial statements on a case-by-case basis.
If your organization does not have audited financial statements, an alternative possibility is for you to work with a fiscal sponsor to submit your application.
Your fiscal sponsor should submit the idea, and clearly indicate in the executive summary that they are acting as a fiscal sponsor and that you are the agency leading the work.
The Foundation will not fund ideas that include regranting to individuals. The Foundation may fund ideas that include regranting from a lead agency to other agencies who are identified in the submission as participants in a collaboration. In this case, the regranted funds are solely to support the collaborative activities described in the submission. We will consider ideas in which organizations provide technical assistance in areas where they have expertise or are working with pre-identified partners, who will then assist with the implementation of the proposed project.
No. You should only submit one general application to the Foundation and include a description of the full array of activities, outputs, and outcomes which Foundation funding would be used to support.
No. Do not submit multiple applications to a single Foundation funding program. Instead, collate all the projects for which your organization would like to receive funding into a single proposal.
The exception to this guidance is large regional research, university, and healthcare institutions. The Foundation will accept multiple applications in a year from large regional research, university, and healthcare institutions. If you are submitting an application as part of a large regional research, university, or healthcare institution, you should coordinate with your institution’s development office before submitting an application to the Foundation.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.