Requests for Proposals

Nonprofit and public-sector organizations are welcome to apply to the following seven RFPs:

CONSERVATION

Increasing the Number and Diversity of Outdoor Enthusiasts:  This RFP is intended to help expand the conservation movement.  The Foundation will support data-driven efforts to increase the number and diversity of outdoor enthusiasts, so that a broader group of people can enjoy nature and become the conservation leaders of tomorrow.  

Invasive Plant Species as a Threat to Native BiodiversityThis RFP is aimed at stopping or slowing the spread of harmful, non-native plant species.

 

ECONOMIC MOBILITY

Children’s and Young Adults’ Mental Health: This RFP addresses the barriers that make it difficult for children and young adults who reside in lower income households in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties to access prevention, detection, and early intervention mental health services.  

PreK through grade 12 Attendance: This RFP aims to ensure that children who are enrolled in early childhood education or grades K-12 and who reside in lower income households in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties can achieve a 90% attendance record or greater.  

Postsecondary Education Attainment: This RFP aims to expand the number of young adults ages 14 to 24 years old who are from lower income households in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties enroll in and complete postsecondary education and maximize the economic benefit that these students gain from their postsecondary education. For the purposes of this RFP, postsecondary education includes any type of education, occupational training, or skills development that occurs after one obtains a high school diploma or GED and that results in a certification, diploma, or degree.  

 

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Aging as a Disease: This RFP aims to promote basic and translational research on aging as a disease, and the commercialization of science and technology to reduce the progression of aging.  

Health Screenings and Vaccinations: This RFP aims to ensure that individuals in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties have access to health screening and vaccinations. Successful proposals may also address related objectives such as research on obstacles to increasing health screenings and vaccinations in high-risk communities. 

 

For-profit companies, as well as nonprofit and public-sector organizations, are welcome to apply to this RFP:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL-IMPACT INVESTMENT 

Employment in the New Economy: Supporting Disconnected and Gig Economy Workers: This RFP aims to support disconnected workers – those who have left the labor force – to become gainfully employed in the new economy and gig economy workers—those whose work often provides limited access to traditional employment-related benefits such as internal job ladders, health and pension benefits, and access to on-the-job-training.

ROUND 1 - NOW CLOSED

Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Noon (12pm) EST: Applications are due. All applications must be completed through our online portal.

Thursday, June 30, 2022: Funding status notification

Friday, July 15, 2022: Funds issued for awarded grants*

 

ROUND 2

Friday, September 9, 2022 Noon (12pm)EST: Applications are due. All applications must be completed through our online portal.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022: Funding status notifcation

Friday, December 23, 2022: Funds issued for award grants*

 

*NOTE: Funds for program-related investments to for-profits will be released upon execution of final term sheets.

Nonprofit and public sector organizations can submit proposals to any of the four RFPs here.

 

For-Profit companies can submit proposals to the Employment in the New Economy: Supporting Disconnected and Gig Economy Workers RFP here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

We encourage you to prioritize carefully with your organization, and we recommend that an organization submit one proposal to each RFP. However, the logic model describing the proposed initiative may contain several types of activities that are critical for the project’s success.  

If you are submitting a proposal as part of a large regional research, university, or healthcare institution, we will consider ideas from multiple divisions within the institution. You should coordinate with your institution’s development office before responding to an RFP or completing the General Application to the Foundation.

Nonprofit and public sector applicants can submit different proposals to any of the RFPs at the same time.  

For-profit companies and entrepreneurs are only able to submit a proposal to the Employment in the New Economy: Supporting Disconnected and Gig Economy Workers RFP

Review the instructions for each RFP closely, especially the list of priorities for the RFP. Submit your proposal to the RFP that most closely aligns with the priorities listed. Also consider your proposal’s outcomes that you will be including in the logic model and the extent to which target populations and priorities itemized in the RFP instructions align with those outcomes.  

For-profit companies and entrepreneurs are only able to submit a proposal to the Employment in the New Economy: Supporting Disconnected and Gig Economy Workers RFP

Nonprofit and public sectors applicants can submit a proposal in response to a specific RFP and submit a general application proposal seeking support for other activities conducted by your organization.  

For-profit companies and entrepreneurs should either submit a proposal to the Employment in the New Economy: Supporting Disconnected and Gig Economy Workers RFP or to the program-related investment general application.

​​No, please do not resubmit a proposal that was previously declined. If your organization has a new project or idea, you are welcome to submit that for Round 2.    

Please refer to the US Internal Revenue Service: 

https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/lobbying