Entrepreneurial Grants


Funding Pittsburgh Jewish community projects.

Funding Community Projects

The SteelTree Fund provides grants of $5,000, $3,600, or $1,800 to projects that serve the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Projects will be considered only once per calendar year, though an organization or individual can apply for more than one project within a calendar year. SteelTree will entertain requests for renewal funding but not within the same campaign year (July 1-June 30). This program is supported by the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Stay informed in SteelTree’s Facebook group.

SteelTree Proposal Deadlines

Cycle 1:  Application due August 14, 2020

Cycle 2:  Application due January 26, 2021

Cycle 3:  Application due March 29, 2021

Learn more about applying for SteelTree Funding

Request for Proposals

The SteelTree Fund is seeking applications for innovative ideas that help young adults ages 22-45, kids, and teens find meaning and participation in Jewish life. Our SteelTree board members are interested in funding projects and programs that have impact on the engagement of this young population in the Pittsburgh Jewish community.

If you are interested in being considered for a grant, please submit a full application. Grantees will be asked to provide name recognition of the SteelTree Fund on all marketing materials. Applications should be submitted via email to Shelly Parver, Assistant Planning Director, at steeltreefund@jfedpgh.org.

The SteelTree Board expects that your program will meet all local, state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety protocols (I.e. wearing masks, social distancing, etc.).

SteelTree’s Vision Statement

A world where Jewish communities transition seamlessly from one generation to the next, ensuring the continuity of our people.

SteelTree’s Mission Statement

Funding innovative social entrepreneurship projects that engage and benefit next-generation donors to strengthen the continuity of the Pittsburgh Jewish community.

2019 Steeltree Funded Projects

  • Chutz Pow Volume 4 Each volume of CHUTZ-POW! SUPERHEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST is created to focus an historical lens upon specific groups of individuals and families who were affected by the Holocaust. The goal of CHUTZ-POW VOLUME FOUR: WOMEN’S STORIES is to chronicle the wide-ranging experiences of women in the Holocaust.
  • Chabad of Squirrel Hill: Women’s Weekend Retreat This Jewish Women’s Weekend Retreat is open to all the women of the community and is a way to foster community building and bonding, as well as personal growth and learning.
  • Jewish Graduate Student Initiative (JGSI) Pittsburgh Chapter JGSI is the only national organization whose sole purpose is to support Jewish graduate student associations on campus.
  • The Chabad Pre-Purim Festival A family friendly festival aimed for families with preschool-aged children. The celebration includes a carnival and a performance by Mitzvah Boulevard.

Upcoming SteelTree Events

SteelTree Board Meeting

Tuesday, Mar. 16 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States

Questions? email Meryl Franzos at mfranzos@jfedpgh.org

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SteelTree Board Meeting

Tuesday, May. 11 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States

Questions? email Meryl Franzos at mfranzos@jfedpgh.org

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SteelTree Fund


Becca Knoll

Becca Kentor-Knoll

SteelTree Fund Chair
Scott Isenberg

Scott Isenberg

SteelTree Fund Co-Chair
Matt Feinman

Matt Feinman

SteelTree Fund Co-Chair
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Drew Greenwald

Development Associate
Young Adult Philanthropy

Interested in becoming a member?

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