Request for Proposal: Police and Fire Departments K-9 Units

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, founded by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, welcomes grant inquiries for foundation support in 2010.  The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will disperse grants to police and fire departments’ canine units throughout the US. 

“My Dad instilled in me a love and respect for animals. This is a good way to combine that passion with a desire to support the police and fire departments, which deserve all the appropriate resources needed to protect our cities and neighborhoods, and allow these brave men and women to arrive home safely.” -Ben Roethlisberger

Previous Grants:  This is the fourth grant cycle for The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. Eligibility: Police and fire departments’ canine units in Pittsburgh, PA and in the city of each regular season away opponent for the Steelers in 2010 are eligible.  The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation can only distribute grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations. Although police and fire Departments are tax-exempt organizations, they may not have a 501(c)(3) designation.  If your department does not have an associated 501(c)(3) organization, we recommend contacting your community foundation to see if they will sponsor the grant for you.  The majority of the grants we distribute help canine units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of needs are considered. 


Eligible Cities

Deadline for Application

Grant Announcement Date

Nashville, TN

Aug 1, 2010

Sep 19, 2010

Tampa Bay, FL

Aug 1, 2010

Sep 26, 2010

Miami, FL

Aug 1, 2010

Oct 24, 2010

New Orleans, LA

Aug 1, 2010

Oct 31, 2010

Cincinnati, OH

Aug 1, 2010

Nov 8, 2010

Buffalo, NY

Aug 1, 2010

Nov 28, 2010

Baltimore, MD

Aug 1, 2010

Dec 5, 2010

Cleveland, OH

Aug 1, 2010

Jan 2, 2011

Pittsburgh, PA

Aug 1, 2010

After Super bowl 2011

Deadline is FIRM. All required application materials must be received by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for your application to be considered. Application Process: Potential grant applicants should provide a letter of inquiry as an initial application. Inquiries should include:

    • Department name, address, name of department chief, and contact person.
    • Telephone number, fax number and email address.
    • Amount requested.
    • Department budget.
    • Copy of sponsoring organization’s (501)(c)(3) determination letter.
    • How the Department has previously been funded.
    • How the Department will continue to support itself in future years.
    • A brief background on the Department and summarize needs for K-9 Support.
    • Previous grants received from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation                   
c/o The Giving Back Fund                                  Phone: 310-649-5222
6033 West Century Blvd., Suite 240                    Fax: 310-649-5070
Los Angeles, CA 90045

About the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation seeks to support police and fire departments throughout the US with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs and to enhance the quality of life for residents of Findlay, OH and Pittsburgh, PA.Plans for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation also include grantmaking to nonprofit organizations assisting children in need in cities where Ben has lived and played football. 

In commenting on why establishing a charitable foundation is important to him, Roethlisberger said, “I have been blessed with opportunities throughout my life to pursue my goals and achieve some success, all under the guidance of a loving family and supportive communities.  I was raised to appreciate my blessings and always try to help others who may not be as fortunate.  I feel honored to be able to do so.”  For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact us or visit and

About The Giving Back Fund
The Giving Back Fund is the premier philanthropic resource for the sports and entertainment communities. As a national non-profit organization with offices in Boston and Los Angeles, The Giving Back Fund is dedicated to increasing philanthropy in the world through bold and innovative programs and initiatives.  The mission of The Giving Back Fund is to foster a society in which becoming a successful philanthropist is as valued and desirable a goal as success in athletics, business, entertainment, or any other field. Since its founding in 1997, The Giving Back Fund has created a unique niche in encouraging and facilitating this new philosophy, particularly among younger donors, women and people of color.  Donors with whom The Giving Back Fund has worked with include:  Ben Roethlisberger, La’Roi Glover, Jalen Rose, Elton Brand, Jamie Lynn Sigler, and Justin Timberlake, among many others. Acclaimed for its expertise in celebrity philanthropy, The Giving Back Fund’s services are available to anyone with a sincere and passionate interest in giving back.  For more information please visit

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