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Policy Guidelines and Application Procedures 

Pursuant to the directions contained in the Will of Susan Lee Hunt, who created the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation, the Foundation’s Directors have adopted the following policy guidelines for the Foundation’s support of charitable purposes.

Priority will be given to proposals that not only fit at least one of the following four categories, but also demonstrate the greatest likelihood of achieving measurable results:


  • Religious and Church Work

  • Christian Education

  • Community Improvement 

  • Relief of Distress, and enhancement of the spiritual and material condition of humanity.

Grants will ordinarily be limited to agencies and institutions within a 100-mile radius of Pittsburgh. In the selection of projects for potential funding, preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Address an important issue or challenge, and describe with convincing information the potential benefit and impact of the grant.

  • Will have a positive (and measurable) effect on the grantee’s programs and operations.

  • Have developed practical and workable strategies to meet the challenges facing successful project implementation.

  • Show the potential and likelihood of attracting and leveraging other sources of support.

  • Show strong promise of achieving articulated goals in a timely manner.

  • Demonstrate the required level of organizational capacity (staffing and access to other resources) to meet project objectives in a reasonable period of time.

  • Would not necessarily require immediate and ongoing Foundation support upon project completion.

Grants will not be made in the fields of medical needs of hospitals and scientific causes, the arts, endowments and annual appeals of national organizations.

The Board of Directors of the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation meets two times a year to review proposals and make funding decisions. In 2023, request deadlines are January 25 and September 6. Interested agencies should complete the Foundation’s online grant application to begin the inquiry process. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If the project request meets the criteria and funding priorities of the Foundation, a member of the Foundation's staff will contact the applicant to arrange a meeting and provide further guidance regarding submission of a formal proposal.

With questions regarding grant inquiries, please reach out to Angie Berzonski, Associate Director, at

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