PBF’s guidelines are an important part of the partnership we seek to achieve with applicants. We offer these guidelines with the aim of guiding the applicant’s decision and criteria regarding PBF’s mission and funding priority areas.


Guideline documents detailing requirements for each grant are available below.


Eligibility: Organizations seeking funding from The Provident Bank Foundation must be certified as a tax exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2). PBF seeks grantee organizations that show passion for their mission and meet high standards of governance, accountability, and fiscal management.

PBF will not fund the following:

Itemized program budget:
Applicants are required to use PBF's budget form template when submitting a request to PBF at any level.

Progress Reports
: All required progress reports must be received and confirmed prior to submitting a new request, as per PBF's grant contract. Failure to comply with this requirement will jeopardize future funding.


PBF recognizes that there are many organizations doing great work in our communities. However, the requests we receive greatly exceed our annual charitable giving budget. We regret that we are unable to fund or support every request and often must decline support to worthy organizations and programs. Such a response does not reflect a negative appraisal of the applicant organization or the value of its services.

Guidelines for Requests

If your organization is seeking a grant, the best place to start is to review PBF grant guidelines. If you have questions, contact the PBF office at Foundation@Provident.Bank to schedule a time to review your questions.

After reviewing the guidelines, application links can be accessed through the APPLICATIONS page.

COMMUNITY GRANTS ($1,000 up to and including $5,000)
The primary purpose of a Community Grant is to increase access to funding and strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations. These grants provide important support for needed services to diverse communities. Click here to access the 2019 Community Grant Guidelines. (Revised 7/17/19)

MAJOR GRANTS (over $5,000 up to and including $25,000)
The goal of the Major Grant is to support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve. Programs supported by a Major Grant are typically more structured and robust than those supported through Community Grants, but of lesser scale than those supported through Signature Grants. Click here to access the 2019 Major Grant Guidelines. (Revised 7/17/19)

SIGNATURE GRANTS ($100,000) – ONE CYCLE ONLY (See Timeline)
In 2019, PBF expects to award up to three (3) $100,000 Signature Grants, one for each Funding Priority Area. Applicants must also measure their program’s impact in a manner appropriate to the corresponding Signature Grant Focus Point:

Community Enrichment: Community and economic development programs that address obstacles to workforce development and access by providing job training, placement assistance, and comprehensive supportive services for individuals facing challenges in the workforce.

Education: Innovative programming that expands access to, and improves the quality of, academic development opportunities to increase educational capacity for students of all ages.

Health, Youth & Families: Innovative solutions to chronic problems that impact quality of life for people of all ages and means, such as safe and affordable housing, access to healthcare, and crisis assistance.

The Signature Grant emphasizes sustainable community enhancement, meaningful impact, and long-term change. We seek to build relationships with organizations that have the capacity and drive to create this change. Click here to access the 2019 Signature Grant Guidelines.



Community Grants: The 2019 Community Grant application will be made available on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Community Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Major Grants: The 2019 LOI and Application timeline for Major Grants is as follows. Access to LOIs and Applications will close at 3:00 PM EST on the dates listed.

2019 Major Grants Timeline

Letter of Intent (LOI)
Application Due
Notification from PBF
CycleCycle 1
Application DueCLOSED
Notification from PBFCLOSED
CycleCycle 2
Application DueCLOSED
Notification from PBFCLOSED
CycleCycle 3
Letter of Intent (LOI)CLOSED
Application DueSeptember 27 by 3:00 PM EST (by invitation only)
Notification from PBFWeek of October 28

Signature Grants: The 2019 LOI and Application timeline for Signature Grants is as follows. Access to LOI and Application will close at 3:00 PM EST on the dates listed.

2019 Signature Grants Timeline


LOI Available
Application Due
Site Visits
Notification from PBF
Allowable Program Start Dates
Application DueCLOSED
Site VisitsCLOSED
Notification from PBFCLOSED
Allowable Program Start DatesAugust 15 through October 31


Budget Form Template: This budget form template is required when submitting a request to PBF at any level. (Revised 5/31/19)