Eligibility Requirements for Grants

Interested applicants are encouraged to research the Peter G. Peterson Foundation for examples of the kinds of initiatives and programs that the Foundation seeks to support. Organizations wishing to submit unsolicited grant concepts can submit an initial letter of inquiry via inquiries@pgpf.org. Please note that the Foundation receives a high volume of requests, and we try to respond to initial inquiries within six to eight weeks of receipt.

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation:

  • Considers grant requests directly related to the Foundation's mission and priorities
  • Generally awards grants to U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations
  • Prefers to support organizations that have been in existence for at least two years, with annual operating budgets of at least $1 million
  • Seeks to partner with organizations that have the ability to implement programming for national impact

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation does not participate in activities which are prohibited for private foundations and does not generally engage in certain other practices, including but not limited to:

  • Funding organizations based outside of the United States
  • Giving grants to individuals
  • Funding political, social or fraternal organizations
  • Supporting capital campaigns, auctions and other similar activities
  • Providing unrestricted funding
  • Underwriting chairs, endowments or academic scholarships
  • Supporting institutions that discriminate on the basis of, among other things, race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation, in policy or in practice

If the Foundation determines that your inquiry meets our eligibility requirements and falls within our current funding areas, you will be contacted by our staff and asked to submit a detailed application. Please do not contact the Foundation regarding the status of your inquiry during the initial six to eight-week review period.

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