2018 Grant Funding Guidelines

Three Rivers Community Foundation is pleased to announce the release of our 2018 Letter of Inquiry Guidelines.
You can find the Word document here: 2018-Letter-of-Inquiry-Instructions, and the PDF here: 2018-Letter-of-Inquiry-Instructions. They include our cover sheet, needed signatures, and our definition of social change, along with examples. Please read over the materials closely to make sure that your organization qualifies.
TRCF strongly prefers:
  • Grassroots organizations with budgets under $250,000;
  • New organizations or projects that have not been previously funded by TRCF;
  • Projects that take place or have a strong focus on creating change in Southwestern PA (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties);
  • Projects addressing persistent divisions in society based on race, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, religion, disability, sex, ancestry, or national origin;
  • Projects developing new, grassroots leadership, with strong components of community organizing, community education, problem identification and solving, and community building;
  • Youth-led projects and those promoting youth activism;
  • Projects addressing emerging or cutting-edge issues and using new approaches to problem solving;
  • Organizations or projects that take affirmative steps to assure that their workplaces, programs, and services are accessible to people with disabilities; and/or
  • Collaborations and coalitions that emphasize joint strategies and projects.
TRCF does not consider:
  • Organizations with budgets in excess of $2 million;
  • Social service projects;
  • Individuals;
  • Funding of capital expenses that are not tied to a specific project (i.e., general building maintenance or upgrades). However building improvements may be funded if demonstrated to be essential to planned project activities or goals;
  • Funds being used for underwriting fundraisers or matching grants;
  • Any expenses related to a project, or operating costs, that are incurred before July 1, 2018;
  • Organizations whose primary events, work, or programs are held in locations either completely or partially inaccessible to people with disabilities;
  • Direct purchase of office equipment (computers, fax machines, copiers, phones, etc.) solely for office administrative activities. However, the purchase of equipment may be funded if demonstrated to be essential to planned project activities or goals;
  • Projects that proselytize for any specific religion (i.e., passing out religious literature to participants in the program for which funding is being requested);
  • Arts programs that do not include a means for the audience to discuss the social change related issue(s) the work presents, or some other form of action beyond just the exhibit/performance; or
  • Activities that benefit private interest, business, or profit-making groups.
The deadline to submit Letters of Inquiry for 2018 is Friday, January 26, 2018, by 6:00 PM.