2018 Grants

412 Food Rescue

$35,000 to support food recovery operations.

Carlow University

$50,000 to strengthen student and faculty identification with the Sisters of Mercy through pilgrimages to Mercy International Centre in Dublin, Ireland.

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

$400,000, payable over four years, for operational support of out-of-school time experiences for children and youth, pre-K through 12th grade.

The Citizen Science Lab

$50,000 to recruit, train, and compete in the National SeaPerch Challenge, a program in which teams of students build underwater robots.

Daisy Wilson Artist Community

$25,000 to build the operational infrastructure for the August Wilson House.

Energy Innovation Center Institute

$47,820 to provide training for 12 residents of the Hill District through a partnership with UPMC. This paid training program prepares participants for the environmental services technician position with a starting salary of $13 per hour with full benefits.

Grounded Strategies

$50,000 for ReClaim Central 2.0 in support of community ambassadors reclaiming vacant properties in the community.

Hill Dance Academy Theatre

$50,000 to recruit and provide tuition and dance costumes for 25 Hill District youth.

Hill House Association

Strategic Communications Planning and Implementation

$10,000 for strategic communications planning and implementation.

Community Access to the Arts

$9,944 to support the Live from the Hill: Summer Jazz Series.

Holy Family Institute

$1,000 to support immigrant children.

Nazareth Housing

$50,000 to provide repairs to five homes owned by low-income elderly residents to secure the structural integrity of their homes and enhance health, safety, and peace of mind.

Neighborhood Allies

$50,000 to engage residents in Bedford Dwellings, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, TREK development, and other community members in resident-led planning and problem-solving related to the Bedford Choice Neighborhood Transformation initiative. Bedford Choice will revitalize Bedford Dwellings, a public housing community; support positive outcomes for residents’ health, safety, employment, and education; and transform the neighborhood into a viable mixed-income community with access to services, public assets, and amenities.

Neighborhood Learning Alliance

$37,000 to provide 22 high school students with a summer college experience and an opportunity to earn college credits at Carlow University and Community College of Allegheny County.

NeighborWorks® Western Pennsylvania

$20,000 to research and develop a replicable and scalable model for employer-assisted housing in partnership with major employers in Uptown and the Hill District.

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

$300,000, payable over four years, for operational support of School2Career, an out-of-school time program providing high school students with mentoring, job development, and career exploration.


$50,000 to employ 20 youth from the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland as part of the broader Learn and Earn summer training and employment program.

Pittsburgh Mercy

Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center

$50,000 to support a registered nurse care manager at Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center. The registered nurse care manager will coordinate care for individuals with mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring chronic medical conditions.

Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net®

$150,000, payable over three years, for general operating support to strengthen the capacity of Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net®, which provides medical and housing programs to persons who are experiencing homelessness.

Pittsburgh Public Schools

$50,000 for the 2018 Summer Dreamers Academy, providing academic and enrichment programming to students in grades K-7 for the purpose of reducing summer learning loss.

Schenley Heights Community Development

General Operating Support

$300,000, payable over four years, for operational support of out-of-school time program, serving pre-K through 8th grade and focused on academics, computer literacy, and cultural awareness.

Safety System

$8,500 to support security access, camera, and an alarm system.

Strong Women Strong Girls

$25,000 for an after-school mentoring project, linking elementary school girls to college women for weekly workshops that highlight strong female role models.

Student Conservation Association

$25,000 to collaborate with the Summer Learn and Earn Program and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to complete environmental projects in the Hill District, and support students as they learn work readiness, leadership, and teamwork skills.

Tickets for Kids®

$10,000 to provide access to cultural events for students attending McAuley-funded out-of-school time programs.

Trying Together

$45,128 for stakeholder engagement and planning to develop strategies for improving reading proficiency.

Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh

$225,000 payable over three years, for general operating support.