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POISE Grants

POISE Foundation – Strengthening Black Families

 Demonstration Grant - Promoting Positive Family Interaction

Request for Letters of Interest

Released against the backdrop of the Foundation’s new Strengthening Black Families grantmaking strategy, POISE is seeking applicants for a demonstration grant focused on promoting positive family interactions.  The Foundation is specifically looking to support pre-existing programs that have identified creative and catalytic ways to incorporate a “family lens” into their work.

Projects that promote positive interactions between all family members living in the same household; household and extended family members (as defined by blood and social ties);  and household members within the context of community are strongly encouraged.  We will also consider projects that focus on positive interactions at the dyadic level--i.e. the parent-child and couple relationship.

Proposed projects may aim to, for example, (1) improve family communication; (2) increase family time (e.g. family dinners, family night, family outings); (3) encourage family civic engagement; and/or (4) strengthen family resilience.

All projects should be culturally and contextually responsive in approach and seek to promote and support the wellness (e.g. emotional, social, occupational, mental, physical, spiritual, intellectual, financial, environmental) of the family unit and its members through positive interaction.  Proposed projects should also engage families and foster positive interaction overtime versus through a single event.  Click here to view the RFP.     

The Foundation will award up to five (5) grants ranging from $15,000 to $20,000.  Upon award, grant recipients will be required to participate in a continuous learning process (i.e. as a cohort) throughout the grant period to support the demonstration goals of this project.  Interested organizations are required to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the Foundation via the online application system by 3pm on Monday, October 28, 2013.  Click here to access the online application.  

An Information Session for applicants to learn more about the Foundation’s new grantmaking strategy and about the demonstration grant will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA.  The Homewood-Brushton YMCA is located at 7140 Bennett Street Pittsburgh, PA  15208.  Please contact Diane Nasir at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (412) 281-4967 to RSVP for the Information Session.

 Timeline

Information Session for Prospective Grantees

October 9, 2013

LOI due to POISE Foundation

October 28, 2013 at 3:00PM

Invitation for Full Proposals

November 15, 2013

Full Proposals Due

December 15, 2013

Grantees Announced

February 2014

Cohort Meetings

April 2014, September 2014 and January 2015

Grantee Final Reports Due

April 2015

 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.  Examples include social service agencies, faith based institutions and historically black civic and social clubs.  The Foundation does not give grants to individuals or for-profit organizations.  Preference will be given to organizations that are African American led and that have a board and staff that are reflective of the community they serve.