About the Opportunity Fund

THE ARTS, AND SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Mission Statement

The Opportunity Fund awards grants to organizations and initiatives that advance the arts, and social and economic justice.

At least 75% of our grants are awarded to projects that benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community.

Funding Areas

Arts

  • Performing Arts, with an emphasis on theatre, dance and music, especially classical chamber music and jazz, presented by small and mid-sized arts organizations
  • Visual Arts, with an emphasis on craft and small to mid-sized organizations

Social & Economic Justice

  • Civil Liberties
  • Civil Rights, with special interest in equality for African Americans, LGBTQ people and other minorities
  • Human Rights
  • Reproductive Freedom
  • Safety Net Resources for people in need, including social services, economic independence, housing, tangible aid, transportation, healthcare
Arts Grants 42
Social and Economic Justice Grants 46
Portion of grants benefitting Pittsburgh initiatives 86

Information on applying for grants

For Applicants

Online Application

The Opportunity Fund uses an online application for all steps of the grant making process. We do not accept mailed letters or paper applications.

Two-Step Process

We have a two-step application process. Use the online application to complete both steps. First, submit an Initial Inquiry. Second, if approved, submit a Final Proposal.

Deadlines

The Opportunity Fund’s Board meets to review Final Proposals twice a year.

Cycle 1: Initial Inquiry due by February 1; if invited, Final Proposal due March 1 for notification by May 31
Cycle 2: Initial Inquiry due by August 1; if invited, Final Proposal due by September 1 for notification by November 30

Please see our Application FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions about the application and grantee processes.

Initial Inquiry

Once your Initial Inquiry has been submitted, you will be notified of the status of your application within three weeks (15 business days). Applicants must submit their Initial Inquiries at least one month prior to the deadline for submitting the Final Proposal – although applicants are urged to submit Initial Inquiries at least two months before the deadline.

Please visit the online application to create a user account and begin your Initial Inquiry.

To return to an already existing application, click here and log in.

Final Proposal

You will receive a notification email from the Opportunity Fund within three weeks (15 business days) of submitting your Letter of Inquiry online. This email will inform you if your project is invited to submit a Full Proposal. You will also be able to log in and track the status of your application via your Opportunity Fund user account.

Grants
Alumni Theater Company

Alumni Theater Company

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Fayette County Community Action Agency

Fayette County Community Action Agency

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Casey Droege Cultural Productions, via New Sun Rising

Casey Droege Cultural Productions, via New Sun Rising

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The Blanket, via New Sun Rising

The Blanket, via New Sun Rising

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slowdanger & MICHIYAYA Dance, via Unique Projects

slowdanger & MICHIYAYA Dance, via Unique Projects

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The Sprout Fund

The Sprout Fund

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PearlArts Studios|STAYCEE PEARL dance project via New Sun Rising

PearlArts Studios|STAYCEE PEARL dance project via New Sun Rising

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Alliance for Refugee Support Youth Education (ARYSE)

Alliance for Refugee Support Youth Education (ARYSE)

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Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania

Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania

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History

The Opportunity Fund was established upon the death of Gerri Kay to continue her life’s work. An advocate for civil rights, social justice and the arts, Gerri lived her life extending herself and opportunities to others. She lived her convictions with stunning purity.

Friends described her as “the most fierce, persistent and focused proponent of civil rights and racial justice I have ever met,” “essential to the flourishing of the arts in Pittsburgh, and “exceptionally passionate about supporting young or new artists.” “The depth and breadth of her knowledge was formidable.”

To learn more about Gerri’s life and career, click here.

The Opportunity Fund’s seemingly broad focus is simply a reflection of what Gerri cared about. We seek grantees who champion the liberties and rights of our communities’ diverse citizens, treasure the arts and support the lives of artists, pursue social and economic justice, and proactively provide safety net resources for those in need. They provide people the opportunity to live up to their fullest potential and who, in turn, offer their unique gifts to contribute to society’s constant betterment.

We, in turn, offer our partners the opportunity to take risks to more fully achieve their mission.

The Opportunity Fund Team

Idy Goodman

Board Member

Jake Goodman

Executive Director & Board Member

Charles Porter

Board Member

Please contact us for more info on the Opportunity Fund and our activities.

Contact Us

Opportunity Fund

5126 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA  15224

(412) 362-1300

Opportunity Fund is based in Pittsburgh, PA

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