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Our grant making strategy is focused on organizations providing valuable services designed to significantly improve the quality of life for Pittsburgh’s and the surrounding area’s African American Community.  We believe supporting projects that address root causes will have the most long lasting and deepest impact on the community.  Since we further believe that strong families are the foundation of strong communities, projects that are designed to strengthen the family unit will be our focus.

POISE Foundation provides grants from its various endowment funds as well as grant programs we administer on behalf of others.  Please review the details of the specific programs to determine if you are eligible.  The eligibility criteria below applies to all grant applications.

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.  Organizations that do not have this designation can find a fiscal sponsor (organization recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable entity) to serve as the recipient of the grant. A letter from the fiscal sponsor indicating they have agreed to serve in this capacity is required.

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
50%   of community served is African American
Types of Support

We provide grants for the following types of requests:

General Operating
Initiatives addressing root causes
Grants for endowments and capital campaigns are rare and limited.

Application Process

If after reviewing our grant making philosophy you believe your organization meets our criteria, we request that you first submit a Letter of Inquiry.  We will review your project and determine whether it meets our funding priorities.  We will contact you to let you know whether we wish to receive a full proposal.

To begin the process, please select How to Apply Online on the right.

Reporting Requirements

In order to help determine the effectiveness and impact of the grants we make, we require our grantees to submit a report detailing what has been accomplished by their program; and more importantly, how these accomplishments impact the community.  We are also extremely interested in how a program addresses the structural and root causes of the symptoms the program is designed to address.