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Grant Application Guidelines

The Black Family Foundation is determined to make every donation with a sense of purpose and a defined expectation of measurable outcomes. Applications will be considered in the following general areas or for a special project area established by the Board of Directors.

The foundation is currently considering grants up to $25k in six major areas: Health & Welfare; Entrepreneurial Education; Homelessness; Environmental Sustainability; Economic Initiatives and Technology Initiatives

  • All fund recipients must be qualified tax exempt organizations under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Foundation is not able to award grants to individuals or for-profit organizations.
  • Grants will be given to organizations that have either a history of delivering effective results or start-ups that can demonstrate a long-term sustainability plan.
  • In partnership with the United Way, any nonprofit or educational entity seeking funding from Black Family Foundation must actively update and/or verify agency information in the 2-1-1 database at least twice a year starting May 2017.

The Black Family Foundation promotes continuous improvement in the quality of life around the globe by investing in projects that offer a high probability of transformational and sustainable change. The purpose of the Foundation is to address critical needs with measurable outcomes.

Grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis.

How to Apply

To be considered, please download and complete the application packet (adobe acrobat required). If you would like a Microsoft Word version emailed to you please contact:

Rebecca Styn, MPA
Director of Non-Profit & Community Investment
814.528.9032 | rstyn@eriemg.com

The Foundation also welcomes an email to assess if you should pursue an application with us, and what other information you might include.

Application Deadlines for 2017/2018 – July 11, October 10, January 9 and April 10