Apply For Funding

The Grable Foundation is focused on improving the lives of children in southwestern Pennsylvania. To that end, we support early childhood development programs that prepare children for the school years ahead. We also support schools and innovative programming so that kids will have a richer, more rewarding learning experience. Away from school, we champion the whole child with opportunities that foster growth and development, and encourage the creativity and wonder that should be a part of every boy and girl’s life.

In order to maintain that focus, we cannot accept unsolicited proposals from outside our geographic area, nor are we able to entertain requests from individuals for assistance or sponsor tables at fundraising events.

Organizations interested in applying for a grant should submit an inquiry describing their request prior to submitting a formal proposal. As the Foundation’s board of trustees meets only three times per year, we follow the schedule below for consideration at the Trustees’ meeting:

Meeting Month: Submit Inquiry by: Submit Proposal by:
March January 1 February 1
July May 1 June 1
November September 1 October 1

 

Apply For Funding

Grant Inquiry Sheet

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Step 1

Choose one of three ways to submit your Inquiry.

  1. Complete the online inquiry sheet

       OR

  2. Complete a static grant inquiry sheet

    Complete the Grable Grant Inquiry Sheet in Word and email the completed document to grable@grable.org. Note: this is a static document and is not completed online. You may also print out the inquiry sheet and forward it via U.S. mail. In either case, you may wish to call the Foundation at 412.471.4550 to confirm receipt of your submission.  If you would prefer to receive a PDF version of the document, please contact us.

       OR

  3. Craft your own letter of inquiry

    Craft your own letter of inquiry. We suggest you review page 10 of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania’s Common Grant Application (PDF) for guidance. Please note that our inquiry sheet will still be required should you be invited to submit a full proposal. 

Thank you for your inquiry.

If requested by the Foundation, we welcome you to move to Step 2 and submit your full proposal. 

Submission deadlines

Full proposals should be submitted only upon request by the Foundation. For your convenience, download a checklist (PDF) of proposal requirements. As Grable’s trustees meet three times per year, your proposal must be submitted by these deadlines:

  • February 1 to be considered at the March meeting
  • June 1 for the July meeting
  • October 1 for the November meeting
Step 2

Once requested by the Foundation, choose one of two ways to submit your full proposal.

  1. Via the Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania's Common Grant Application

    Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania’s Common Grant Application

    If you use this form, you must still submit the Grable Inquiry Sheet (if it has not already been submitted) in lieu of the supplied cover sheet. Please also include a detailed listing of project activities and anticipated outcomes; explain how you will measure them.

  2. Submit a proposal that includes:

    • The Grable Inquiry Sheet
    • A page-length summary
    • Description of the applicant organization
    • Statement of project need (including a detailed list of activities and comprehensive budget covering expenses, committed and anticipated revenues, and a narrative explanation)
    • Discussion of anticipated project outcomes and how they will be measured
    • The organization’s operating budget for the current year
    • Explanation of how the project will be sustained after the grant has ended

Supporting documentation should include:

  • A list of board members.
  • Current audited financial statements (including the management letter).
  • Letters of support when appropriate, e.g., from collaborating organizations.

Submission deadlines

Full proposals should be submitted only upon request by the Foundation. For your convenience, download a checklist (PDF) of proposal requirements. As Grable’s trustees meet three times per year, your proposal must be submitted by these deadlines:

  • February 1 to be considered at the March meeting
  • June 1 for the July meeting
  • October 1 for the November meeting

Submission deadlines

Full proposals should be submitted only upon request by the Foundation. For your convenience, download a checklist (PDF) of proposal requirements. As Grable’s trustees meet three times per year, your proposal must be submitted by these deadlines:

  • February 1 to be considered at the March meeting
  • June 1 for the July meeting
  • October 1 for the November meeting