PNC Foundation: Grants for Pennsylvania

OVERVIEW: The PNC Foundation supports childhood education and economic development in Central Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, Northwest Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh.

FUNDING AREAS: Early childhood education, economic development

IP TAKE: Although this is a nationwide funder, it calls Pittsburgh home and distributes many local grants throughout the various regions of Pennsylvania each year.

PROFILE: Established in 1970, the PNC Foundation is a corporate foundation based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is the grantmaking arm of PNC Bank, which is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the U.S. The bank specializes in retail banking, wealth and asset management, corporate banking, and other financial products. The bank’s foundation aims to form “form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations in order to enhance educational opportunities, with an emphasis on early childhood education, and to promote the growth of communities through economic development initiatives.” PNC funds local efforts for early childhood education and economic development.

The PNC Foundation supports a variety of nonprofits that serve diverse populations and work to achieve sustainability. Education grants go towards helping low-income children in the birth-to-five demographic through direct services. Other interests are parent and caregiver education, workforce development for early childhood educators, and family involvement in classroom and community-based programming. Economic development grants are centered on affordable housing, community development, community services, and arts and culture. These are grants for job training programs, cultural enrichment programs, credit counseling assistance, and small businesses.

Grants range between about $100 and $5,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking in the state focuses on Central Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, Northwest Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh. This includes the following Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Berks, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Perry, York, Atlantic, Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Wayne, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland. Past local grantees include the University of Pittsburgh, Little Sisters of the Poor of the State of Pennsylvania, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant inquiries from nonprofits. Organizations must take an online eligibility quiz and then contact the designated representative in the area to initiate the grant process. Direct general questions to the local staff at 717-730-2448 for Central Pennsylvania, 215-585-5437 for Philadelphia, 570-961-6134 for Northeast Pennsylvania, 814-871-9586 for Northwest Pennsylvania, and 412-467-4730 for Pittsburgh.


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