This marks the seventh grant cycle for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. The majority of the grants distributed will help K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of needs are also considered.

“I think I speak for all K-9 handlers when I say thank you for your support for Police K-9’s.” — Officer Chris Angus, Nebraska City Police Department, photographed with his partner, Jordy.

ChrisAngusThe Foundation will be distributing grants in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers during the 2013-14 season.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invites police and fire departments in these eight cities to submit proposals detailing their needs. Also, for each Steelers’ playoff game, a grant will be awarded to a city anywhere in the United States that would not otherwise be eligible to apply. 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 XLVIII.

As part of the NFL International Series, the Pittsburgh Steelers are set to meet the Minnesota Vikings on the turf of Wembley Stadium in London on September 29, 2013. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation will mark the inaugural occasion of the Steelers playing a regular-season game overseas with its first international grant to support law enforcement in the London area.

The Foundation distributed more than $135,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2012 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $950,000 since 2007.

Eligible departments must apply to The Giving Back Fund by August 15, 2013.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

You can view the full grant requirements, eligibility and evaluation process, please visit

You can also see the guidelines on Ben’s Foundation page here.

More from Officer Angus and Jordy:

“Whether we’re working during the week, or watching the Steelers on the weekend, we always bleed black and yellow!” — Chris Angus

Jordy was purchased in Sharpsville, PA from Shallow Creek Kennels. He started with the Nebraska City Department in 2010 and been a very important tool for us. Besides his normal patrol duties, he is also a “star” in the classroom. They give demonstrations and talks to elementary school children, and Jordy loves the attention!

You can enjoy more photos in the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation album here.