POISE Foundation provides small grants to nonprofit organizations located in the Pittsburgh Region that provide services to the African American community.

The average grant size is $5,000. The Foundation currently focuses on the following priority areas:

Strengthening Black Families

Programs that create spaces and opportunities for Black families to build authentic relationships, 
increase communication and promote positive family interactions.

Community & Economic Development

Programs that support community and economic development in the Pittsburgh Region’s African
American community.

Entrepreneurial Activities

Programs that advance business creation in the Pittsburgh Region’s African American

Young Ladies

Programs that help young ladies prepare for a better future in the African American community.


Programs that support the educational achievement of African American youth in the Pittsburgh

Eligibility Criteria

Only organizations that are considered charitable organizations as determined by the IRS internal revenue code 501(c)(3) are eligible for grants from the Foundation. We do not give grants to individuals or for-profit organizations. 
Preference will be given to organizations that are African American led meeting two of the three following criteria:

  • Executive Director is African American
  • 50% of Board is African American
  • 75% of community served is African American

Types of Support

We provide grants for the following types of requests:

  • General Operating
  • Projects
  • Planning
  • Collaborations
  • Initiatives addressing root causes

Application Process

The POISE Foundation is not currently accepting applications for the Field of Interest/Unrestricted Grants. We are in the process of implementing a new grants management system and the application process will open back up in 2019.

For specific questions, contact Traci Johnson at tjohnson@poisefdn.org or 412-281-4967 x213