Q: What is the John R. McCune Charitable Trust’s publicity policy?

A: The Charitable Trust’s name and the amount of the grant(s) authorized cannot be listed together in audits, donor or buildings plaques or in the naming of any scholarship, capital or endowment campaigns. If you wish to list the amount of the grant in any of these venues, please refer to the donor as Anonymous.


Q: What is the deadline to submit for a grant?

A: April 1st of each year.


Q: What is the average grant authorized?

A: The average grant amount is between $10,000 to $75,000.


Q: What is the first step in applying for a grant?

A: A one-to-two page letter of inquiry must be mailed or electronically submitted to our office. In the letter, tell us a little about your organization, the purpose of the funding, and if you have an amount in mind, please list it. We also request a copy of the organization’s 501(c)(3) certification be included with your submission.


Q: Does the Charitable Trust consider individual or personal grant requests?

A: No. The Charitable Trust will only accept inquiries/proposals from non-profit organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Q: What is the grant cycle from submission to decision?

A: Inquiry letters are reviewed as they come into the office (the deadline for reviewing inquiry letters within that fiscal year is April 1st of each year). Inquiries that arrive after the April 1st deadline will be reviewed in the next fiscal year’s grant cycle.


Q: If a grant is approved, when can I expect the funds to arrive?

A: Typically, grant checks are mailed from our office on November 30th of each year.


Q: What is the Charitable Trust’s address?

A: John R. McCune Charitable Trust
One Market Street, Floor 5
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-644-7796 (fax)