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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Capacity-Building Efforts

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The Pittsburgh Foundation - The Forbes Funds

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit human services and community-based organizations in eligible locations for capacity-building programs. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support the cost of hiring third-party consultation for a collaborative capacity-building project. Eligible applicants are located in and serve Allegheny County.

Possible areas of support include the following.

  • Financial strategy to support operational needs and sustainable growth
  • Ideas for growing the mission and capitalizing on program opportunities
  • Enhanced strategic and generative performance of the board
  • Models for generating more impactful employee performance
  • An objective and experienced sounding board with whom you can share your leadership challenges and dreams

Eligible Projects:

  • Proposals focusing on finance, strategy, and organizational realignment
    • Financial projects will seek to understand the financial standing of a partnership and develop planning for joint sustainability (e.g. Joint sustainability plan, collaborative earned revenue strategy)
    • Strategy projects will set a direction and plan to pursue joint activities and outcomes (e.g. Strategic plan for a collaborative, shared business plan)
    • Organizational realignment projects involve formalizing partnerships through a shared structure (e.g. Shared back office, shared positions, strategic affiliation)
  • Capacity-building projects that seek to produce impact at the organizational and systems-level (e.g. partners from multiple sectors, more efficient use of shared resources)
  • Collaboratives addressing known Social Determinants of Health that affect the region such as
    • Economic stability
    • Education
    • Social and community context
    • Health and health care
    • Neighborhood and built environment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196766

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests average between $5,000 and $10,000 per organization (e.g. MAG with four partners would be eligible for $20,000-$40,000, depending on the project type and scope of work).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Allegheny County-based 501(c)(3) organizations can apply, along with partners willing to undertake a collaborative process and a third party to guide the work.

In addition, organizations must:
- Be led by a human services and/or community development organization
- Use a third party to guide the project work, seeking bids from at least three consultants prior to signing a contract
- Be willing to undertake a capacity-building challenge that is not already underway
- Be willing to meet the requirements of the application process, including the completion of the Nonprofit Needs Assessment and financial scan.

Management Assistant Grants (MAGs) are not made to cover fees and/or costs already incurred, or projects already underway, including capacity-building projects for which the organization has already signed contracts with its preferred provider. Additionally, The Forbes Funds does not provide operating, program, or staffing support.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information session for Q3 applicants will be held on July 20.

An additional information session, for Q4 applicants, will take place on October 19.

Pre-Application Information:

If you are considering submitting a proposal, please contact Emma Yourd to set up a meeting.

The Forbes Funds accepts Management Assistance Grant (MAG) requests on a rolling basis, and the board of directors makes funding decisions on a quarterly basis.

- Q1: LOI deadline: January 22; application deadline: January 29; funding decision: March 11
- Q2: LOI deadline: April 29; application deadline: May 6; funding decision: June 10
- Q3 LOI deadline: July 15; application deadline: August 12; funding decision: September 16 (tentative)
- Q4 LOI deadline: October 14; application deadline: November 4; funding decision: December 16 (tentative)

Given the complex nature of collaborative projects, organizations will typically meet with The Forbes Funds several times before their application is submitted to the board. If your collective is interested in applying, please contact the MAGs team with a brief summary of your assistance needs and how our support would enable your organization to succeed in meeting the objective of the project. Collectives will be invited to submit an application once The Forbes Funds and collaborative partners feel the project is ready.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For technical assistance contact Business Systems Manager, Jennifer Steinmetz, at

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