POISE is currently in the process of developing a new grantmaking strategy focused on Strengthening Black Families. Information about the new strategy and how to apply will be available Summer 2013. Please check back periodically for additional information.
About Our Grants
POISE Foundation is designed to provide small grants to organizations for special and worthy projects that are primarily a benefit to the Black community within Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh. As we continually assess our impact as a grantmaking organization, we conduct an ongoing review how we make grants and for what purposes we fund. At present, the Foundation is seeking to support programs that directly impact the African American family by helping to create wealth and address the root causes that have created so many disparities.
Because of the limited amount of unrestricted funds available for distribution, foundation grants will be quite small. Each year the board will establish a grant award ceiling for the upcoming 12-month period based on its current spending policy. Furthermore, the Foundation reviews and awards grants twice a year as documented below.
|Grant Cycle||Grant Deadline||Board Meeting & Decision|
|Spring 2012||March 30 (by 3:00pm)||May 31|
|Fall 2012||September 28 (by 3:00pm)||November 30|
The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals, for profit businesses, or organizations that are not classified as 501(c)(3) organizations. For a list of the 2010 grantees, click here.
How to Apply
If after reviewing our grant making philosophy you believe your organization meets our criteria, and focus for funding, complete the on-line application. We will review your application and determine whether it meets our funding priorities. We will contact you to let you know if we need additional information. Click here to begin your POISE Grant application.