Apply for a Grant

Schools and community organizations with 501(c)3 status may apply for grants to have approved programs that are part of the Know What's Right, Do What's Right® campaign funded. The current approved programs are:

  • TEAMology - the culmination of decades of research and side-by-side teaching with the most renowned experts in bullying prevention, evidence-based research conducted at Penn State University. The material is based on six relatable characters and the foundations of a house called – Project TEAM – that teachers and students use to emulate skills and relate them to future-ready indexes such as career exploration practices. Through a partnership with Intermediate Unit 1, grants from the foundation are allocated annually. Learn more and consider applying for a grant to promote positive school culture.
  • The Gab Squad - Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso are two Pittsburgh-based writers, performers, educators, and public personalities. Their works have entertained and informed audiences of all ages on both a regional and national scale; together, Josh and Gab have formed an unforgettable high-energy musical-comedy duo with a focus on an anti-bullying message. Josh & Gab have taken their award-winning programs to over 200 schools, camps, and community venues across Pennsylvania and its surrounding states, including countless public and private schools, Bricolage Theater, Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, now directly engaging over 40,000 youth and educators. Their performances have received rave reviews from viewers of all backgrounds, with different versions of their programming developed for early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school ages. Learn more at and consider applying for a grant to bring this one hour assembly-style show to your school or community organization serving children in pre-K through early elementary school.

  • Raising a Thinking Child - I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) is a universal school-based program developed at Drexel University that focuses on enhancing interpersonal cognitive processes and problem-solving skills of children ages 4-12. Raising a Thinking Child is a companion program to ICPS that helps primary caregivers support the cognitive learning necessary to prepare children at home, for success in school. ICPS teaches children to understand their own as well as others' feelings, think of alternative solutions and of potential consequences to an act. The program's underlying goal is to help children learn how to think, not what to think. Learn more and consider applying for a grant to bring this curriculum to your school or community organization serving children in pre-school, kindergarten and early elementary school inclusive of teacher training for the use of games, stories, puppets and role playing that connects skills to real-life situations.

The Board of Directors of The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation primarily considers grant requests on an annual basis and makes funding decisions by June of each calendar year. Exceptions can be made when funding is available and service delivery partners have availability.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please complete the application form found on this website and send to the address below along with the documentation of your non-profit status as requested.

The Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation
PO BOX 191
New Stanton, PA 15672

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