About Opportunity Fund

THE ARTS, AND SOCIAL & ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Mission Statement

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 73
Social and Economic Justice Grants 69
Portion of grants benefitting Pittsburgh initiatives 83

Information on applying for grants

For Applicants

Online Application

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

Deadlines

Opportunity Fund’s Board meets to review Full Applications twice a year.

Cycle 1: LOI is due by February 1; if invited, a Full Application is due March 1 for award notification by May 31
Cycle 2: LOI is due by August 1; if invited, a Full Application is due by September 1 for award notification by November 30

 

Please see our FAQs page for more information about who and what we fund, fiscal sponsorship, and additional details for applicants.

Two-Step Process

We have a two-step application process. Use our online grant system to complete both steps. First, submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Second, if approved, submit a Full Application.

Letter of Inquiry

Please visit the online application to create a user account or to return to an already-existing account where you can access the LOI. Once your LOI has been submitted, you will be notified of the status and potential next steps of your application. Applicants are urged to submit their LOI early. (Preview the LOI questions)

Full Application

You will receive a notification email from the Opportunity Fund after submitting your LOI online. This email will inform you if your project is invited to submit a Full Application. You will also be able to log in and track the status of your application via your online account. (Preview the Full Application questions)

Grants
Global Minds Initiative

Global Minds Initiative

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Hatch Arts Collective via Dreams of Hope

Hatch Arts Collective via Dreams of Hope

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Friendship Community Church/The Corner Arts Programming

Friendship Community Church/The Corner Arts Programming

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City Theatre

City Theatre

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Riverview Apartments Inc.

Riverview Apartments Inc.

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Quantum Theatre

Quantum Theatre

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Our Rhythm via Global Posse Productions

Our Rhythm via Global Posse Productions

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

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Alia Musica

Alia Musica

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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.

Opportunity Fund Team

Idy Goodman

Board Member

Jake Goodman

Executive Director & Board Member

Charles Porter

Board Member

Tiffany Wilhelm

Interim Strategic Operations Officer

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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