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 58
Social and Economic Justice Grants 57
Portion of grants benefitting Pittsburgh initiatives 81

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.

Two-Step Process

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

Deadlines

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

Cycle 1: LOI opens on November 15 and is due by February 1; if invited, a Full Application is due March 1 for award notification by May 31
Cycle 2: LOI opens on May 15 and 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.

Letter of Inquiry

Once your LOI has been submitted, you will be notified of the status and potential next steps of your application according to the following schedule:

Cycle 1: LOIs received by December 15 will be notified by December 31; LOIs received by January 15 will be notified by January 31; LOIs received by the final deadline of February 1 will be notified by February 15.

Cycle 2: LOIs received by June 15 will be notified by June 30; LOIs received by July 15 will be notified by July 31; LOIs received by the final deadline of August 1 will be notified by August 15.

Please visit the online application to create a user account or to return to an already-existing account.

Full Application

You will receive a notification email from the Opportunity Fund according to the schedule outlined above 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.

Grants
Community Mixtape Project, via 3E Now

Community Mixtape Project, via 3E Now

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Hope for Justice

Hope for Justice

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MCG Jazz

MCG Jazz

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“Requiem for Rice,” via New Sun Rising

“Requiem for Rice,” via New Sun Rising

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Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory

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Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

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Shared Interest

Shared Interest

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Repair the World

Repair the World

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Alliance for Refugee Support Youth Education (ARYSE)

Alliance for Refugee Support Youth Education (ARYSE)

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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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