2014 Grants

ACH Clear Pathways

Strategic Planning

$7,500 for strategic planning and board development. ACH was founded in 2010 to provide urban children with visual and performing arts programming during out-of-school hours.

Summer Creative Camp

$15,000 for the expansion of the 2014 summer camp to reach 50 youth who will participate in music, visual arts, dance, field trips, health and wellness activities, and community service.

Amani Christian Development

Affordable Housing Initiative

$400,000 for a strategic partnership with Macedonia Development Corporation to renovate 5-7 homes in the Middle and Upper Hill District for sale to low- and moderate-income buyers.

Senior Homeowner Support

$21,050 to provide free lawn care and snow removal for 125 seniors.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

$10,500 to expand its Children’s Technology Project to the Hill District branch. The library will add 10 iPads to the library’s Children’s Room and incorporate the use of new technology in children’s programming.

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

$300,000 over four years for after-school programming that will serve 70 students in grades PreK-12. C.A.R.E.S. will also conduct two college and cultural tours for middle and high school students.

Clean Slate E3

$25,000 to recruit 15-20 students to research and record an educational program focused on black history. The program will be converted to online and DVD formats for classroom use and city-wide distribution.

Consumer Health Coalition

$20,000 to educate and assist community-based organizations and consumers on the benefits provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the options available for enrollment.

Friendship Community Presbyterian Church

Events at The Corner

$14,425 to coordinate 34 high-quality events at The Corner and provide residents and artists with a venue for creative expression, dialogue on issues of social justice, and a forum for building social capital in West Oakland.

Renovations at The Corner

$100,000 to support renovations at The Corner, a “third place” for connecting neighbors. Friendship will renovate the first floor and front façade and construct an addition to the back of the building. They plan to lease a portion of the first floor to provide income that will sustain the facility and programming.

Grow Pittsburgh

$50,000 to establish an Edible Schoolyard program at Pittsburgh Miller African-Centered Academy and bring garden-based education to elementary school students. Grow Pittsburgh’s City Growers program will be established at two sites: the Centre Avenue Y through its residential men’s program and at the abandoned Martin Luther King baseball field between Uptown and the Hill District. Both initiatives will reinforce the benefits of gardening and the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Higher Achievement

$50,000 to operate the Hill District Achievement Center, a college-preparatory, after-school option for fifth- through eighth-grade students. The Achievement Center provides 3-4 years of uninterrupted focus on rigorous academics, enriching electives, and mentoring to prepare students for college tracks in high school.

Hill Community Development Corporation

$50,000 to market homeownership in the Hill District. The Hill CDC will attract 100 new, mixed-income homeowners by promoting the cultural legacy and revitalization of the Hill District; promoting the benefits of homeownership for family wealth-building and community transformation; providing housing counseling; and sponsoring home financing workshops.

Hill District Consensus Group

Clean Green Hill

$25,000 to purchase 25 new litter receptacles for installation along Centre Avenue in the Hill District and Fifth Avenue in Uptown. The project will also implement a public anti-litter awareness campaign using posters and social media.

General Operating Support

$150,000 over three years to support the core mission of the Hill District Consensus Group: engaging residents, businesses, and organizations; educating them about the best practices in community revitalization; and connecting stakeholders to relevant decision-making tables and processes.

KaBOOM! Playground

$5,000 to address the “play deficit” among children. Community members will construct a custom KaBOOM! playground, designed by Hill District children. The Consensus Group will recruit a team of parents, neighbors, and community members to plan the playground and an additional 100 community members to participate in the construction.

Hill District Education Council

$54,000 to strengthen parental involvement in the three schools located in the Hill District and to implement a school culture campaign that increases community ownership of schools and encourages volunteerism.

Hill House Association

General Operating Support

$450,000 over three years to support the implementation of the organization’s strategic restructuring plan to ensure long-term impact and sustainability.

International Service Learning

$10,000 to provide 10 Hill District students with international travel experience through a service learning trip to Ireland. Beginning six months prior to their departure, the students will meet regularly to learn about Irish culture and history and will complete a community-focused project upon their return. Students will document their experiences through photographs and journals.

Hug Me Tight Childlife Centers

$27,400 to extend internships to young men enrolled in early childhood programs at local colleges and universities. The goals are to interest young men in careers in early childhood development and to provide children with a male caregiver presence.

KBK Foundation

$31,500 to engage young residents of the Hill District to research and produce a documentary film that tells the history of the Hill and Addison Terrace.

Lighthouse Arts

$50,000 for Orchestra on the Hill, an after-school music program based at St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District and modeled after El Sistema, the National System of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela. The current program will expand to 30 students.

Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment (FACE) Center

$50,000 to continue efforts to serve chronically absent and tardy students and their families, to determine causes of absenteeism, and then work with families to increase school attendance.

Moving Lives of Kids Arts Center

$19,796 to create a permanent work of public art dedicated to playwright August Wilson. The project will employ youth from the community, ages 14-20, who will work with professional artists to create the mural.

NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania

$30,000 to deliver financial education and counseling services to unemployed residents who are engaged in employment training at the Energy Innovation Center and JobLinks. NeighborWorks will reach 135 low- and moderate-income residents with the goal of reducing household debt, increasing credit scores, and increasing savings.

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

$300,000 over four years for School 2 Career 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 Foundation for the Jail Collaborative

$50,000 over two years. The Jail Collaborative is a public/private partnership designed to give incarcerated men and women a second chance, support successful re-entry to the community and, by doing so, keep families together and strengthen neighborhoods.

Pittsburgh Green Innovators

$10,000 to provide 10 project-based science labs for 9th-grade biology and 12th-grade environmental science students at Pittsburgh Milliones University Preparatory School. The labs will focus on green infrastructure and culminate with a rain garden designed and constructed by students.

Pittsburgh Mercy

Emergency Rental Assistance

$41,000 to provide emergency rental assistance for 60 consumers who are at risk of eviction and therefore, homelessness. The grant will close an unexpected one-month gap in federal funding until the rental assistance program resumes in January 2015.

Leadership Development

$100,000, payable over two years, for leadership development. Pittsburgh Mercy will implement a seven-day pilgrimage to Ireland to immerse Pittsburgh Mercy current and future leadership in the spirit and history of the Sisters of Mercy. Participants will reflect on the relationship of Pittsburgh Mercy to the roots of the ministry of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy; develop a local community service project inspired by the pilgrimage; and share lessons learned from the pilgrimage with their staffs. Approximately 20-24 colleagues will participate over the two-year grant period.

Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program 2014 Symposium

$1,500 to support the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program’s 2014 symposium.

Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program
Annual Retreat and Symposium

$29,400 over three years to support the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program’s annual retreat and symposium. The grant will also provide support for the staff’s continuing education through annual conferences.

Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh

$260,000 over three years to strengthen existing programs in the Hill District (Everybody Wins!, Storymobile, Read to Your Family, and Books for Keeps) and introduce a new initiative to serve expectant mothers and their babies.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

$100,000 to provide home renovations for 10 low-income homeowners in the Upper Hill and Uptown neighborhoods. The homes will be located in clusters to maximize the impact on the community. In addition, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh will partner with FOCUS Pittsburgh and Amani Christian Development to provide work experience for a minimum of four Hill District residents.

Schenley Heights Community Development Program

$300,000 over four years 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.

Small Seeds Development

$35,500 to provide 120 families led by single mothers with social and emotional supports; parenting education; financial literacy training; manhood training and academic supports for the sons; and family bonding activities. Small Seeds will also work to engage fathers in their children’s lives.


$35,000 to build the capacity of StartUptown, a new urban business incubator and co-working facility. The grant will support the development of business, community outreach, and fund diversification plans.

Strong Women Strong Girls

$30,000 to provide after-school enrichment to 65 girls in grades 3-5. Girls and their college-age mentors will read biographies of women role models who exemplify specific skills that are essential to girls’ leadership and healthy development. The girls are then guided through journal writing and other project-based activities to reinforce the skills.

United Way of Allegheny County

Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST)

$25,000 to coordinate a structured after-school system that is youth-focused with attention to quality, communications, and advocacy.

Hill Youth Partnership for Enrichment (HYPE)

$50,000 to continue development of a collaborative effort of Hill District youth service providers focused on engaging more youth in after-school and summer programs. The partnership identifies and implements strategies to improve out-of-school-time program quality, use data to support decision-making, and effectively coordinate resources.

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

After-School Program

$50,000 to develop a tutoring component for the after-school program at the Thelma Lovette YMCA. Tutors, staff, and college-level volunteers from the Collegiate YMCA will provide homework support to 32 students.

Membership Access

$50,000 over two years to provide access to the Thelma Lovette YMCA. Financial assistance will be offered to 85-100 low-income Hill District families. Families must contribute a nominal portion of the membership fee and access the facility a minimum of eight visits per month to qualify for the subsidy.

Youth Places

$40,000 to support a violence prevention initiative that will employ 75-80 teens and young adults during the summer.