2013 Grants

ACH Clear Pathways

$10,000 to support a summer camp for 50 youth in the Hill District. The camp will focus on creative and performing arts, exercise, and health education.

Adonai Center for Black Males

$30,000 to expand the Educational Advancement Program and improve educational outcomes among at-risk young men by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and core competencies critical for high school and post-secondary educational success.

Bethlehem Haven of Pittsburgh

$40,000 to assist women who are homeless to identify safe, appropriate, and affordable housing. The program links income, housing, and social supports to help women end homelessness.

Brother’s Brother Foundation

$3,000 to aid in the transportation of materials and supplies to the Philippines, devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Center for Family Excellence

$10,000 for emergency repairs to the Monumental Baptist Church Missions Building, which houses the church’s food pantry ministry.

Center that C.A.R.E.S.

$70,000 for after-school programming that will serve 100 students, grades PreK-12. C.A.R.E.S. will also implement two college and cultural tours for middle and high school students.

Consumer Health Coalition

$20,000 to educate and assist consumers and organizations in understanding the benefits of the Affordable Care Act as well as the different options for enrollment. Once the health exchanges open, the Coalition will link 150 individuals to health insurance by offering on-site enrollment days and through referrals to its helpline.

FOCUS Pittsburgh

$72,000 over two years to expand the weekend meal program and reach 200 students who are eligible for free and reduced lunches at Hill District schools.

Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania

$12,500 to support the Girl Scouts’ collaboration with Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG) to extend programming for girls in grades 3-5 at the conclusion of the SWSG program year. The Girl Scouts will also provide the curriculum-based Girl Scout Journey experience and an overnight camping experience for fifth-grade girls who are aging out of the SWSG program.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

$30,000 to support 24 food pantries and two farm stands in the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland.

Higher Achievement

$15,000 to support a six-week, intensive, accelerated, academic, and opportunity-filled summer experience for 60 scholars.

Hill Community Development Corporation

$150,000 over three years to build the capacity of the organization by adding staff to focus on three key revitalization efforts: creating mixed income housing, developing the commerce district along Centre Avenue, and maximizing community reinvestment through the redevelopment of the Lower Hill District.

Hill District Consensus Group

$30,000 over three years for beautification initiatives along the Centre Avenue corridor in the Hill District.

Hill House Association

Garden of Hope

$3,000 for the Ujamaa Collective to re-open the Garden of Hope for community gardening. The grant will support evening and Saturday staff to provide access to the garden, vegetables, herbs, and fertilizer for planting.

Self-Sufficiency Initiative

$82,500 to offer support to families who are on a journey to self-sufficiency through home ownership, education, and enhanced employment.

Hug Me Tight Childlife Centers

$23,500 for start-up costs related to Hug Me Tight’s establishment of a strategic alliance with the Hill House Association to operate a satellite child development center at the Hill House.

Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment (FACE) Center

$100,000 to pilot a partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the Hill District Education Council (HDEC), and other community-based organizations to implement a truancy intervention and prevention initiative. FACE will target chronically-truant students enrolled in the University Preparatory School at Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12, and engage the family and the community to identify and remove the barriers that are preventing students from attending school regularly and on time.

Mercy Housing, Inc.

$5,000 in emergency support to relocate residents of the Franconia Apartments, a Mercy Housing community in Denver serving a senior population with special needs. The residence was severely damaged by a fire and all residents were displaced.

Mercy Volunteer Corps

$54,360 to support three volunteers who will be recruited for a year-long placement in nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh’s Hill District or Uptown neighborhoods. Mercy Volunteer Corps will increase the capacity of these organizations to serve their clients and community.

MGR Foundation

$16,800 to implement an Arts-in-Action Classroom Residency at Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5 School. Artists will work with 4th and 5th grade science, social studies, and emotional support teachers to integrate music, art, drama, dance, and/or media to enhance the curriculum.

NeighborWorks of Western Pennsylvania

$82,500 to offer support to families who are on a journey to self-sufficiency through home ownership, education, and enhanced employment.

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

Safe, Healthy, Affordable Housing

$20,000 to purchase and demolish a deteriorated Terrace Street property for new home construction. Oakland Planning will promote home ownership for middle income families in West Oakland.

School 2 Career 2013-14

$75,000 to provide homework assistance, tutoring, SAT preparation, and mentored work experiences to 40 high school students. School 2 Career is directly focused on student achievement and preparing students for graduation, Pittsburgh Promise-eligibility, college, and career.

Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group

$4,875 for representatives of Uptown and the Hill District to attend Rail~Volution, a conference to learn best practices for building livable communities with transit.

Pittsburgh Mercy

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh

$30,000 over two years to expose 90 students per year to Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, a program which builds social awareness, confidence, and self-esteem through social dance.

Operation Safety Net

$100,000 to replace the Operation Safety Net medical van which delivers primary care services and mental health counseling to persons who are homeless. The van is staffed to provide free medical care, case management, and behavioral health services.

Trail Lane Apartments Supportive Services

$50,000 to provide case management and other supportive services to residents who reside in Trail Lane Apartments. Trail Lane provides housing for persons who previously were chronically homeless and resistant to services.

POISE Foundation

$66,000 over two years to support a community-based approach to address racial disparities and establish a plan for the long-term sustainability of the Black community.

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE)

$30,000 for PACE to deliver its year-long Intensive Services Capacity-Building Program to the Center that C.A.R.E.S.

Regional Housing Legal Services

$50,000 over two years for legal and technical support to Hill District organizations that are implementing the equitable development principles from the Hill District Master Plan. The grant will focus on two specific projects: the development of the Lower Hill District and the development of housing options along the Centre Avenue corridor.

Schenley Heights Development Program

$50,000 to provide out-of-school academic and recreational programming to 100 students in the Hill District. Schenley Heights will emphasize homework support, arts and cultural enrichment, parent engagement, and professional staff development. Students will be exposed to academic enrichment that focuses on STEAM, i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship

Operating Support

$150,000 over three years to provide support services, such as food, shelter, and transportation to persons who are homeless.

Renovation of Drop-in Center

$86,000 to enhance and expand the Drop-In Center to include a fitness room and exam/counseling room. The Drop-In Center serves 50-100 homeless people daily with food, counseling, shower, and laundry facilities.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas:
New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community

$7,000 for emergency aid to the people of the Philippines, destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

Strong Women Strong Girls

$25,000 to support a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania to deliver programming for 60 girls in grades 3-5. Strong Women Strong Girls is an after-school program activity, which links girls with college-aged mentors to encourage the development of strong social-emotional skills and self-confidence, thereby closing the “aspiration gap” for at risk pre-adolescent girls.

United Way of Allegheny County

Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time

$20,000 to support Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) which focuses on developing and improving quality, professional education, advocacy, and communication for out-of-school time programs.

Hill AfterZone

$50,000 to pilot a collaborative effort among Hill District after-school providers, focused on engaging youth from kindergarten through eighth grade in after-school and summer programs. The collaboration will pilot the AfterZone model, based on the successful after-school system in Providence, R.I., for the purposes of enhancing program growth, quality, and efficiency.

Urban Innovation21

$175,000 to provide funding to start and/or grow businesses owned by Hill District residents and deliver long-term, culturally-competent business consulting. The grant will also assist businesses to leverage other capital.


$40,000 for Together as One, a violence prevention initiative which combines summer work experience with community service. The grant will support summer employment for 60 teens and young adults.