The Trust provides grants to non-profit organizations, that 1) care for  children residing in the District of Columbia who are physically or mentally ill or handicapped, including prevention of diseases common to childhood, or 2) conduct cancer research, or care for cancer patients in the District. The Trust supports cancer research exclusively through its Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research program http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/pew-stewart-scholars-for-cancer-research . The Trust occasionally may fund the purchase of equipment used in diagnosis and treatment, but does not fund construction projects.


The Trust makes grants only to organizations that are able to produce evidence of tax exemption under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3) and public charity status under Section 509.

The Trust prefers that the organization seeking funding is based in Washington, DC and/or serves those individuals living in Washington, DC.

There is no funding for endowments, building programs or capital campaigns. Awards are not made for scholarships to individuals or to institutions on behalf of individuals.


For applicants seeking Trust funding for the first time, please create a new account and fill out the LOI form through the online grant application system –  New Applicants. The trustees will then inform the potential applicant of whether formal submission of a proposal would be appropriate.


The trustees will review your application and notify you if they need any additional information or if they wish to schedule an appointment for a site visit.

Grant applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Those in the hands of the Trustees by the close of business on September 22, 2017 for Grant Year 2018, are generally assured of a decision before the end of the year.