The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund is accepting applications for the 2016 grant cycle until August 15th.

While we’ve already received grant requests from many police & fire agencies in the cities & surrounding communities of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Cincinnati – the cities and surrounding communities of Washington, DC (the suburbs in MD & VA are included), Miami, Baltimore, Indianapolis & Buffalo that are in need of grants to help in the purchase of K9 dogs, dog safety vests, training, as well as other K9-oriented needs have yet to apply…and time is running out!

This marks the 10th grant cycle for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

The Foundation will be distributing grants in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers during the 2016 NFL season. Ben is inviting police and fire departments in these eight cities & surrounding communities to submit proposals detailing their needs. In addition, the Foundation will continue to make grants to several police and fire department K-9 units in the Pittsburgh area following Super Bowl LI.

The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA. Ben and his foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish. His foundation distributed more than $170,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2015 NFL season, including $93,250.00 just in the Pittsburgh community alone.

The Foundation has distributed in excess of $1.5 million since 2007.

“We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.” — Ben.

For the first time in 10 years, Ben’s foundation is utilizing a paperless application process and all applications must be submitted online via

Note: Hard copies of the application received by mail, fax or email will not be accepted. Again, all applications much be submitted electronically by the Monday August 15th deadline.

You can support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (, using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Jessica Duffaut at 310-649-5222 or email her at [email protected]