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POISE Grants

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

If you have a program/project that aligns with our priority areas, we request you complete a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) via our online system. LOI’s are received on a rolling basis. We will review your request and determine whether it meets our funding priorities. We will contact you to let you know whether we wish to receive a full proposal. If you are invited to submit a full proposal, your application will be considered according to the timeline outlined below.

Cycle Deadline Board Meeting & Decision
Spring March 31 May
Fall September 30 November

Click here to get started on your Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

For specific questions, contact Aerion Abney at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (412) 281-4967 x231.