2021 Grant Guidelines
and Templates

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.

Budget templates that are required for Applications and final progress reports are also available for download on this page.

Requirements for all Grants

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.

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.

2021 COMMUNITY GRANTS ($1,000 up to and including $5,000)
Beginning in 2021, the Community Grant program will focus on funding organizations in need of strategic operating support. Community Grants will be awarded to eligible organizations as general operating support or unrestricted grants. Click here to access the 2021 Community Grant Guidelines. (As of 12/9/2020)

2021 MAJOR GRANTS (over $5,000 up to and including $25,000)
The Major Grant will focus on funding programs, projects, or initiatives that address immediate needs, create meaningful impact, and lead to sustainable community enhancement. PBF seeks to build relationships with organizations that have the capacity and drive to create systems change. Click here to access the 2021 Major Grant Guidelines. (As of 6/4/2021)

The Signature Grant has been suspended for 2021.



GRANT TIMELINES (As of 12/9/2020)

Community Grants: The 2021 Community Grant cycle will be open from January 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM EST until Friday, October 29, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST. Community Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Major Grants: The 2021 Major Grant timeline is as follows (please see page 2 of the 2021 Major Grant Guidelines for more detailed information). Access to LOIs and Applications will close at 3:00 PM EST on the dates listed. All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

2021 Major Grant Timeline

LOI Available
Application Due
Notification from PBF
CycleCycle 1
LOI AvailableJanuary 4 at 9:00 AM – January 22 at 3:00 PM
Application DueMarch 19 at 3:00 PM
Notification from PBFWeek of April 26
CycleCycle 2
LOI AvailableJuly 1 at 9:00 AM – July 23 at 3:00 PM
Application DueSeptember 17 at 3:00 PM
Notification from PBFWeek of November 1


Signature Grants: The Signature Grant has been suspended for 2021.

Signature Grant Timeline

LOI Available
Application Due
Site Visits
Notification from PBF
Allowable Program Start Dates
LOI AvailableN/A
Application DueN/A
Site VisitsN/A
Notification from PBFN/A
Allowable Program Start DatesN/A


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

For Progress Reports: This Progress Report Budget Template is required when submitting your final progress report. (Revised 2/14/2020)