Our Grantmaking

The Fine Foundation invests in projects that enrich the Pittsburgh region by encouraging arts and culture to thrive; Jewish life to flourish; and the fields of science and medicine to take creative and impactful approaches that improve people’s health, well-being, and quality of life.

Since its founding in 2007, the foundation has supported catalytic projects that play a role in making Pittsburgh a model for how philanthropy and the nonprofit community can work towards common goals in strengthening our community. With few exceptions, funding is limited to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region.

Arts and Culture

Artists express the emotions and ideas of our times, and cultural organizations play a unique role in bringing people together so that we may better understand ourselves and each other.  Grants in this area support:

  • Visual Arts
  • Arts and Cultural Organizations
  • Support for Individual Artists
  • Arts Education
  • Public Art

Jewish Life

Tikkun olam, a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world,” underscores the foundation’s commitment to reflect core Jewish values by helping those who are most vulnerable. Grants in this area support:

  • Human and Social Services
  • Outreach and Education
  • Leadership
  • Grants in Israel: Human and Social Services and Arab-Jewish RelationsFunding in Israel is a small portion of the Foundation’s grantmaking.
    Requests for funding in Israel are by invitation only.

Science and Medicine

From probing the mysteries of the brain to yielding new insights into mental illness to developing innovations in elder care, the Foundation recognizes the tremendous power of science and medicine. We seek to support novel and creative approaches in science and medicine that improve people’s lives. Grants in this area support:

  • Applied Research (with clear deliverables in the short-term)
  • Delivery of Healthcare
  • Creative Collaborations
  • Education and Advocacy

Eligibility Requirements

IMPORTANT: Applications will only be reviewed for organizations in the Pittsburgh region that strongly address one of the three program areas listed above.

  1. An organization must have a current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the United States’ Internal Revenue Service Code and should not be a private foundation.
  2. Organizations must be located in, or serving, the Foundation’s geographic focus.
  3. Projects and programs should be aligned with the Foundation’s interest areas.
  4. The Foundation does not fund direct grants, scholarships, or loans for the benefit of specific individuals.
  5. Applicants should not have delinquent Grant Reports for previous grants from The Fine Foundation.
  6. With few exceptions, organizations are not eligible to receive more than one grant per calendar year.

Application Process for Pittsburgh Area Organizations

Not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations registered with the United States’ Internal Revenue Service that are based in the Pittsburgh region may apply for project or program support by submitting an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

Applicants must use the online application process. (see below). We are no longer taking LOIs for program and project support via email or US mail.

Funding inquiries that fit the Foundation’s areas of interest are reviewed every five to six weeks. After the review meetings, all applicants will be contacted.  If there is interest in a request, any application requirements necessary to present the request to the Board of Directors, will be forwarded via email.  Currently, the board meets twice a year.

Online LOIs are accepted throughout the year, however please consider these deadlines:

  • Requests to be considered at the May board meeting should be submitted no later than March 15
  • Requests to be considered at the October board meeting should be submitted no later than August 15

Please use our online grants management system to submit your Letter of Inquiry.


Additional Information if You Are Using a Fiscal Sponsor

  1. Individuals or organizations using a Fiscal Sponsor should create an online account (use the link above) and be prepared to provide the following information about your Fiscal Sponsor organization after you have a formal, legal agreement with the Fiscal Sponsor.
    • Legal Name of the Organization
    • Federal Tax Identification Number
    • Organization’s Mailing Address
    • Organization’s Phone Number
  2. The above information will be used to complete the “Organizational Information” section.
  3. On the next screen you will provide your name, mailing address, phone number and email address as the “Individual Contact.”
  4. The online Letter of Inquiry will request information about your Fiscal Sponsor, including the Contact Person, Phone Number and Email Address.

Questions

If you have questions pertaining to The Fine Foundation or submitting a request, please call (412) 444-3521 or email us at info@thefinefoundation.org. We will reply as soon as possible during regular business hours.


PLEASE NOTE:  The Foundation receives far more requests for funding than it has funds available to contribute. A decision not to fund a grant request should not be construed as a reflection on the particular organization or the program’s merits.