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McElhattan Foundation Grant


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McElhattan Foundation
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/09/23
Deadline: 07/31/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for programs to enhance and preserve human life. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Applicants for Education proposals must meet with program staff prior to applying. Program areas include education, workplace safety, end-of-life planning and care, and community development. Applications for Workplace Safety and End-of-Life Planning and Care - Technological Innovation are accepted from anywhere in the USA. Education grants are made in the Pittsburgh area. End-of-Life Planning and Care - Awareness and Documentation and Caregiver/Provider Training and Support grants will be focused in Western Pennsylvania. Community Development grants are intended for applicants that serve Knox and/or Franklin, Pennsylvania as part of a larger geographical service area.

The McElhattan Foundation accepts applications for grants in four program areas. Each program area has its own strategy, requirements, and geographic area restrictions: 

Workplace Safety: The Foundation is interested in funding initiatives that advance workplace safety in general, across entire industries. The Foundation is especially interested in innovative safety technology, including virtual and augmented reality. The Foundation accepts applications for Workplace Safety from anywhere in the U.S. For more information, see

Education: Unfortunately, many in the region, specifically children living in poverty and people of color, do not have equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities. There are complex and systemic issues of racial and economic injustice at work. To address these issues, the Foundation's approach is to invest in high-need, high-impact areas. Through careful consideration of evidence and urgency, the Foundation makes grants to support out-of-school time learning (OST) and innovative approaches to expand educator diversity. Education grants are made in the Pittsburgh area. For more information, see ; At this time, applications for funding in this area are being accepted by invitation only.

End-of-Life Planning and Care: The McElhattan Foundation believes it is possible for most people to have a higher quality of life at the end of life. Grants in the End-of-Life Planning and Care program area will support initiatives in three strategic areas: Awareness and Documentation (Western Pennsylvania), Caregiver/Provider Training and Support (Western Pennsylvania), and Technological Innovation  (anywhere in the U.S.). For more information, see

Community Development in Knox & Franklin, PA: The Foundation aims to support locally-led initiatives that improve residents' job opportunities, health, safety, and general quality of life. Organizations that serve Knox and/or Franklin as part of a larger geographical service area are eligible to apply for funding. For more information, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations with 501(c)(3) status according to the Internal Revenue Service may apply.

In recent cycles, the Foundation has prioritized applications for general operating funds from organizations with budgets under $10 million.

The McElhattan Foundation does not fund:

- Individuals or families seeking private financial assistance
- Scholarships, with the exception of the Dr. Glenn McElhattan Scholarship at Clarion University
- Organizations without 501(c)(3) status, according to the Internal Revenue Service (which includes organizations operating primarily outside the U.S.)
- Lobbying
- Political campaigns
- Repairing, replacing, or installing safety equipment at a nonprofit
- CPR classes, etc., for nonprofit staff
- Equipment purchases, unless they are tied to a larger project that fits within our grantmaking strategy
- Mentorship programs that are not focused on helping students enter and/or complete post-secondary education or training
- Medical bills
- General community development projects that do NOT benefit Franklin and/or Knox, PA. We will consider regional projects that focus on communities in addition to Franklin and/or Knox, but you must specify what percentage of funds will apply to the two towns we support.
- Proposals claiming to fit into one of the program areas that bear virtually no real connection to them

Workplace Safety: The Foundation does not fund applications from nonprofits for employee training or installing/buying safety equipment; also not funded is road safety initiatives.

Pre-Application Information
Spring 2023 Cycle
LOIs due: December 9, 2022
Full apps due: January 26, 2023
Board meeting: May 12, 2023
Payments out by: June 30, 2023

Fall 2023 Cycle
LOIs due: June 9, 2023
Full apps due: July 31, 2023
Board meeting: November 10, 2023
Payments out by: December 31, 2023

Stage 1: Letter of Inquiry - A brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is required.
Stage 2: Full Application - If your LOI indicates your proposal might be a good fit for the Foundation, you will receive an e-mail containing a unique URL where you'll fill out a full application.
Stage 3: Staff Review
Stage 4: Board Decision

Please note: If you plan to apply for a grant in the Education program area, at this time, applications for funding in this area are being accepted by invitation only. Please schedule a 15-minute meeting with the program officer, Gina Evans, to discuss your proposal.

Application Process:
Program Areas:
Submission Deadlines:

Contact Information
Apply Online:

To schedule a meeting with Gina Evans for the Education focus area:

For questions, contact

McElhattan Foundation
4638 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Telephone: 412-450-0173

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