How to Apply

Three Rivers Community Foundation offers annual grants that usually range from $500 to no more than $4,000. Letter of inquiry instructions are released in December. Letters of inquiry are due the following January.  If invited to submit a full proposal, the deadline is in late March or early April. Notification of grantees is in mid-June, and grant awards are released in late June.

The Grantmaking Committee is comprised of TRCF Board Members, community activists, donors, past grantees, and others. It strives to have a representative who works in each one of TRCF’s key issue areas. Every committee member reads every letter of inquiry and full proposal.

2019’s Letter of Inquiry instructions are here: 2019-Letter-of-Inquiry-Instructions.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 25, 2019.

For more details on the TRCF grantmaking process, see our TRCF grantmaking guidelines.
TRCF strongly considers the following when reviewing grant applications:

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 which take affirmative steps to assure that their workplaces, programs, and services are accessible to people with disabilities; and
Collaborations and coalitions that emphasize joint strategies and projects.

Most grantees fall into one of our six Key Issue Areas:

Disability Rights
Economic Justice
Environmental Justice
LGBTQ Rights (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning)
Racial Justice
Women’s Rights

Other grantees fall under the very broad category of social justice (arts, prisoner/ex-offender rights, voter mobilization, media justice, etc.).