2017 Grants

ACH Clear Pathways

$150,000, payable over three years, for after-school and summer camp programming that offers youth access to academic tutoring, music, dance, theater, digital media, and visual arts.

ACTION-Housing

$100,000 to renovate three blighted properties in Uptown and create nine units of safe, quality, affordable housing.

American National Red Cross

$10,000 for Hurricane Harvey for disaster relief in Houston, Texas.

Bethlehem Haven of Pittsburgh

$200,000 to support pre-development expenses for the expansion of affordable housing in Uptown.

Carlow University

$125,000 to increase the capacity of the Social Justice Institutes, advance work related to gun violence prevention, and expand the work of Carlow University’s Women of Spirit® Institute and Center for Community-Engaged Learning.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

$50,000 to provide case management services at St. Joseph House of Hospitality.

Catholic Charities USA

$10,000 for Caritas de Puerto Rico and hurricane disaster relief.

Catholic Relief Services

$10,000 for Hurricane Irma relief for families in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and the Caribbean Islands

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

$50,000 to expand parking and program space at the Jeron X. Grayson Center campus.

Central New Development Corporation

$2,980 for the Hill District Ministers Alliance to apply for tax-exempt status.

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

$12,000 to help workforce clients secure driver’s licenses, often a requirement for construction jobs and/or for convenient access to employment that may not be on the bus line. This pilot will determine whether securing a driver’s license has a positive impact on training, employment, and retention.

Community Design Center of Pittsburgh

$25,000 to assess residential housing in the Middle Hill District and provide detailed property-level data to inform community-driven housing strategies.

Community Kitchen Pittsburgh

$12,000 to help workforce clients secure driver’s licenses, often a requirement for construction jobs and/or for convenient access to employment that may not be on the bus line. This pilot will determine whether securing a driver’s license has a positive impact on training, employment, and retention.

Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI)

$25,000 for Grassroots Green Homes initiative in Uptown and West Oakland, providing in-home energy audits; weatherization; and mold, lead, and radon testing. CCI will identify safety hazards, and assist residents to secure resources for needed improvements and repairs.

Duquesne University

Children’s Art and Talk

$15,000, payable over two years, to deliver Children’s Art and Talk (CHAAT), an after-school enrichment program that provides culturally-sensitive, art-based, psycho-educational workshops through collaboration between Duquesne University’s Psychology Clinic and the Center that C.A.R.E.S.

Hill District Pharmacy

$45,896 for the Duquesne University Pharmacy to continue its free outreach program in the Hill District and Uptown communities. The program provides health screening services, continuous medication therapy management for high-risk patients, and free medications and/or waiver of co-payments for low-income residents.

Energy Innovation Center Institute

$12,000 to help workforce clients secure driver’s licenses, often a requirement for construction jobs and/or for convenient access to employment that may not be on the bus line. This pilot will determine whether securing a driver’s license has a positive impact on training, employment, and retention.

FOCUS Pittsburgh

Trauma-Informed Community Development

$200,000, payable over two years, to expand trauma-informed community development to two additional blocks in the Hill District. The initiative will facilitate neighborhood interventions that connect families to each other and to resources that improve individual and community health and well-being.

Weekend Meal Program

$72,000, payable over two years, for a weekend meal program that will reach 300 students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches at Hill District schools. FOCUS will also pilot a food pantry in the middle/high school.

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

$25,000 to offer curriculum-based journey experiences to girls who live in the Hill District. Working with paid facilitators, girls will participate in after-school activities and events during the school year as well as week-long and weekend camping excursions during the summer months, focusing on healthy living and leadership skills.

Hill Community Development Corporation

General Operating Support

$375,000, payable over three years, in general operating support to increase the capacity of the organization for community development and advocacy.

Hill District Stabilization and Rehab Strategy

$50,000 for the Hill District Anti-Demolition Committee to hire a monitor to prevent the unwanted demolition of Hill District structures that the community deems important and salvageable. The monitor will develop and implement a strategy to stabilize and rehabilitate properties that are condemned or at risk of being condemned. The ultimate goal is to return these properties to productive reuse as affordable and market rate housing or commercial space.

Hill District Consensus Group

Centre Avenue Beautification

$10,000 for Centre Avenue corridor beautification initiatives.

Centre Avenue Beautification

$46,500, payable over three years, for initiatives to beautify Centre Avenue in the Hill District.

General Operating Support

$50,000 to support the organization’s education and advocacy initiatives.

Hill House Association

Bridge Funding

$200,000 for bridge funding to support operations.

General Operating Support

$375,000, payable over three years, for general operating support of the organization’s core mission to deliver vital programs and services to the community.

Security Upgrades

$10,000 for security upgrades.

Senior Services Center

$175,000 to upgrade the Senior Services Center to enhance health and wellness programs for older residents.

Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center (FACE)

$50,000 for year two implementation of Girls Circle, an evidence-based, gender-relevant program for girls ages 9 to 18 who attend University Preparatory at Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12.

MDRC

$25,000 for a six-week, kindergarten-readiness program for preschool children who will be attending a Pittsburgh Public School kindergarten classroom in the fall of 2018. The content of the program is focused on academic and social-emotional learning.

Mercy Volunteer Corps

$40,000 to recruit and place two volunteers in year-long ministry with McAuley Ministries’ community partners, providing organizations that have few resources with additional capacity to meet the needs of their clients.

Neighborhood Allies

Fund My Future

$75,000, payable over two years, to encourage Hill District families to save for their children’s future by making saving fun and easy. Every deposit made earns a chance to win prizes. Studies show that children with savings accounts are more likely to attend college and graduate. The program will reach 150 children at the end of the two-year pilot.

General Operating Support

$150,000, payable over three years, for general operating support of programming that invests in neighborhood revitalization and equitable development.

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

Career & College Exploration

$300,000, payable over three years, for School2Career to develop and implement Future Makers: Build a Bright Future, a program that will engage middle and high school youth and their families in career exploration and college access preparation.

Community Land Trust

$300,000, payable over three years, to establish the Oakland Community Land Trust and preserve West Oakland as a viable residential neighborhood. The Land Trust will offer affordable homes, sustain long-term homeownership, eliminate blight, and improve safety.

Ozanam Inc.

$33,500 to strengthen educational and enrichment programming for the elementary after-school program.

Pittsburgh A. Philip Randolph Institute

$12,000 to help workforce clients secure driver’s licenses, often a requirement for construction jobs and/or for convenient access to employment that may not be on the bus line. This pilot will determine whether securing a driver’s license has a positive impact on training, employment, and retention.

Pittsburgh Mercy

Leadership Development

$8,000 for development of current and future leaders in the spirit and history of the Sisters of Mercy.

Permanent Supportive Housing

$50,000 for River to Home, an initiative of Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net®, to transition 35 individuals who are living on the streets to permanent supportive housing.

Pittsburgh Family Health Center

$100,000 for renovations of the Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center to improve patient care and patient satisfaction, and provide space to accommodate increased numbers of patients.

Pittsburgh Public Schools

$50,000 for the 2017 Summer Dreamers Academy, a summer learning camp for Pittsburgh Public Schools students who have completed grades K-7. The primary goal of the program is to stem summer learning loss for participating youth.

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE)

$60,050 to provide executive coaching to a third cohort of 12 nonprofit leaders.

Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh

$300,000, payable over three years, to implement a full continuum of literacy programming in the Hill District and engage children and families in motivational activities that celebrate the joy of reading.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RTP)

Critical Home Repairs

$700,000, payable over three years, to provide safety and healthy home repairs to 50 homes. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RTP) will also provide work experience in the construction trades to nine Hill District residents. RTP will continue its partnership with FOCUS Pittsburgh, providing home repairs for residents in two targeted blocks that are participating in trauma-informed community development.

Workforce Transportation

$12,000 to help workforce clients secure driver’s licenses, often a requirement for construction jobs and/or for convenient access to employment that may not be on the bus line. This pilot will determine whether securing a driver’s license has a positive impact on training, employment, and retention.

Small Seeds Development

$37,500 to continue Mother to Son, a program providing social support, education, training, and mentoring to single mothers and their sons.

SLB Radio Productions

$25,000 for Girl Talk, which will connect generations of girls and strong, successful women from the Hill District through a career-based oral history project. The project will culminate in a multimedia publication that will be launched during a celebration and distributed widely throughout the community.

Strong Women, Strong Girls

$25,000 to deliver an after-school mentoring program where college women deliver a curriculum based on female role models to elementary school girls from underserved communities. The goal is to empower girls to imagine a broader future.

The Door Campaign

$3,000 for four individual nonprofit organizations to plan a shared services model to increase organizational capacity.

Traveler’s Aid Society of Pittsburgh

$75,000 to provide transportation support for workforce training and employment.

United Way of Southwestern PA

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

$50,000 for Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), a partnership of funders, intermediary organizations, and out-of-school time providers, dedicated to building quality after-school, weekend, and summer programs.

Hill Youth Partnership for Enrichment (HYPE)

$50,000 for the Hill Youth Partnership for Enrichment (HYPE). HYPE is a grassroots collaborative effort of Hill District youth service providers that focuses on engaging more youth from kindergarten through 12th grade in high quality after-school and summer programs.

University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR)

$8,000 to expand community access to neighborhood-level data and increase data literacy among community members and nonprofit organizations.

Venture Outdoors

$25,000 to provide four seasons of regular outdoor activities to youth from the Center that C.A.R.E.S. and the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center.

Wireless Neighborhoods/Neighborhood Learning Alliance

$33,000 to hire and train 15 Hill District teens as reading mentors and leaders for elementary-aged children during the summer of 2017.

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

$76,500, payable over three years, to extend membership subsidies to 85 Hill District families at the Thelma Lovette YMCA and encourage healthy and active lifestyles.