The Falk Foundation is a small foundation primarily supporting
organizations located in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania. Grant requests submitted from
outside the region must be national in scope and impact and address public policies or practices that
specifically affect African-American communities. The Foundation does not support operating costs,
direct social services, or ongoing programs.
Because the Foundation has a small grantmaking
budget and is limited in the ability to award large or numerous grants, we seek to support innovative,
creative or imaginative projects that address injustice and may involve a high degree of risk.
Long-term priorities include public policy, civic engagement strategies, and research.
Typical grant awards range up to $75,000 per year.
The Falk Foundation supports proposals for:
- examining the root causes of injustice through academic research
- educating the public and policymakers about equity issues
- designing approaches for the prevention of injustice
- implementing practices that promote equal access and opportunity
For consideration, please submit an initial 1-2 page letter of inquiry
describing the purpose of the project and the amount requested. We accept
letters of inquiry at any time throughout the year. Usually within two
weeks of submission, we will respond either with a declination or an invitation
to submit a full proposal. For full proposals, we accept the Common Grant
Application Format available for download here: web.gwpa.org.
Please also include a Diversity Table with your application. (Download Here.)
Categories of Grants:
(A) Innovation and Development Grants - up to $2,500, can be awarded
at any time during the year, approximately within 3 weeks from the time
of proposal submission. These small flexible grants are intended to be
highly responsive to current events and provide seed funding for short-term
(B) Major Grants - for amounts over $2,500, these grants must be
approved by the Board of Trustees at one of the twice-yearly Board meetings. The Autumn deadline is October 1st
and the Spring deadline is March 1st. Multi-year requests may be considered and must include clear goals and benchmarks listed for each year of the proposed funding.