2015 Grants

ACH Clear Pathways

$20,000 to offer an arts-based summer camp experience for 50 youth. Campers will participate in music, digital photography, visual arts, martial arts, field trips, and community service projects.

American National Red Cross

$25,000 to educate residents on fire safety, heighten awareness of preventable risk factors, and increase the number of smoke alarms in homes. The Red Cross will reach 560 households through a fire prevention awareness event, door-to-door canvassing with fire prevention literature, and distributing and installing smoke detectors to those residences in need.

Bethlehem Haven of Pittsburgh

$50,000 for Safe at Home, which provides homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services for women who are at risk for homelessness. Bethlehem Haven will target women over the age of 50 and women with children under the age of 5 years old.

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

$150,000 to support the construction of a rooftop sensory garden at the organization’s new Uptown facility. The garden will provide a controlled environment for adaptive training for persons who are blind or vision-impaired while providing a park-like setting that will be available to Uptown residents.

Carlow University

Leadership Development Pilgrimage

$70,000 for two pilgrimages to Mercy International Centre in Ireland to prepare students, faculty, and future leaders to be conversant with and about the mission and values of the Sisters of Mercy.

Social Justice Institutes

$50,000 to recruit and hire a director to launch the new Social Justice Institutes with a focus on issues that impact women.

Catholic Relief Services

$10,000 to support emergency relief efforts in Nepal following a devastating earthquake.

Center That C.A.R.E.S.

$5,000 to pilot a transportation service for students attending Pittsburgh Milliones University Preparatory School to reduce tardiness and absenteeism.

Community at Holy Family Manor

$25,000 for Nazareth Housing to make vital home repairs for five to 10 low-income, elderly, or disabled homeowners, thus enabling them to live in healthy, safe, and comfortable housing.

Community College of Allegheny County Education Foundation

$138,178 over two years to provide training in welding, HVAC, or plumbing for 15 residents of the Hill District, Uptown, or West Oakland at the CCAC West Hills Center. The grant will also provide academic support and guidance for 30 students to prepare for entrance to skilled trades union programs.

Community Kitchen Pittsburgh

$35,000 to train 20 residents from the Hill District, Uptown, or West Oakland for jobs in the region’s food service industry.

Duquesne University

$46,300 to continue the Duquesne University Pharmacy’s community-based health screenings and referrals for clients with adverse results. The pharmacy will add telephonic outreach and follow-up for patients to assess the outcome of the referral, changes in lifestyle, and their interest in pharmacy disease management to improve health outcomes.

FOCUS Pittsburgh

Trauma-Informed Community Development

$200,000 over two years to address community trauma by establishing a trauma-informed community development strategy. The initiative will recruit and train a behavioral health community organizer; implement neighborhood interventions that connect families to resources to improve health and well-being; establish transitional housing while creating a longer-term cooperative housing strategy; and collaborate with Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh to develop a methodology to measure and track individual well-being.

Weekend Meal Program

$72,000 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.

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 support the restoration of a structure on Centre Avenue to house the MOKA Art Gallery, an art center that will celebrate the cultural legacy of the Hill District and provide live/work space for artists.

Hill Dance Academy Theatre

$50,000 in general operating support to deliver dance education and community outreach.

Hill District Consensus Group

$25,000 to provide assistance to projects that are initiated by residents in the Hill District and Uptown. In partnership with McAuley Ministries, this “Good Neighbor Grants” pilot program will support 15 neighbor-led projects that address neighborhood beautification, neighbor engagement, or neighborhood safety.

Hill House Association

Self-Sufficiency Grants

$82,750 to offer support to families who are on a journey to self-sufficiency through home ownership, education, and enhanced employment.

Youth Gospel Choir Feasibility Study

$20,000 to study the feasibility of forming a youth gospel choir in the Hill District to engage 100 young people in a productive and positive activity. The study will benchmark other successful programs and outline a business plan for the initiative.

Mentors Community Wealth Building Initiative

$45,000 to provide workplace training and industry education in high-demand occupations: heavy highway construction, truck driving (Over-The-Road, regional, and local), rail transport, and oil and gas employment. Participants will gain required safety certifications, career and continuing education counseling, placement assistance, and ongoing career support services for up to three years.

Mercy Volunteer Corps

$48,162 to recruit and place three 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.

Moving Lives of Kids Arts Center

$28,000 to work with after-school programs to create four permanent works of public art in the Hill District. The project will employ 15 youth to work with younger students and professional artists to create the murals.

Neighborhood Allies

$50,000 for The Neighborhood Allies Fellowship Program, designed to attract, mentor, and connect emerging, under-represented leaders to the local community development field.

NeighborWorks of Western Pennsylvania

$200,000 over three years to support the NeighborWorks Leadership Collaboratory, which will engage 16 Hill District and Uptown residents to build leadership capacity, professional, and community development skills as they advance community-driven change.

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation

$40,000 to support housing initiatives in West Oakland through a matching façade improvement program and support of transaction costs for housing purchase, rehabilitation, and resale.

Orchestra on the Hill

$50,000 for year two support of 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 reach 30 students and expand to a second site in the Hill District.

Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC)

$20,000 to conduct an environmental scan of early childhood education in the Hill District. The project will provide baseline information about where young children are spending their day and convene key stakeholders and residents to gather information about the early childhood landscape. The analysis will help to define McAuley Ministries’ strategy for future investments in early childhood education.

Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc.

$22,775 to engage 50 senior residents of K. Leroy Irvis Towers in the Hill District to provide health education regarding nutrition, meal planning, and physical activity.

Pittsburgh Mercy

Dental Services

$125,000 to expand access to dental services through the Pittsburgh Mercy mobile medical unit. Pittsburgh Mercy will provide oral health screenings, dental risk assessments, cleanings, sealant programs, and linkages to dental care for individuals who require extensive treatment.

Geriatric Services

$150,000 to provide support, preventive care, psychiatric evaluation, and treatment for the growing geriatric population at the Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center. The center will hire a certified registered nurse practitioner with expertise in geriatrics to manage the health of this population, decrease barriers to care, and provide education regarding nutrition and wellness to enhance quality of life.

Women’s Health Services

$125,000 to expand and enhance women’s services at the Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center. Pittsburgh Mercy will employ an obstetrician/gynecologist who will provide direct patient services and learning opportunities for the center’s primary care providers to enhance their understanding and medical skills for treating women.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

$8,200 to provide transportation from Ammon Pool to other city pools. The Hill District’s Ammon Pool did not open for the summer season because a critical, custom-made replacement part did not arrive in time to open the pool. The City of Pittsburgh will provide a shuttle bus to transport youth from Ammon to other city pools.

POISE Foundation

$32,250 for the Hill District Education Council to engage parents and the community to advocate for educational equity and school safety, and establish a welcoming and respectful culture in Hill District schools.

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE)

$50,000 to research, design, implement, and evaluate an executive coaching initiative for nonprofit leaders.

Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh

$9,490 to support an AmeriCorps member to provide community outreach and engage youth in literacy activities.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

Homeowner Renovations

$250,000 to provide health and safety repairs to the homes of 20 low-income homeowners. In addition, Rebuilding Together will collaborate with FOCUS Pittsburgh to target a specific neighborhood block for improvement and provide work experience in the construction trades for six residents.

Summer Youth Employment

$25,000 to hire seven youth and one young adult over six weeks and provide 100 hours of work experience in the construction field. Youth will learn basic construction skills (i.e., painting, landscaping, and flooring) while assisting with homeowner renovations. Youth will have the opportunity to receive online OSHA 10 certification and participate in field trips to learn about the pathways to careers in the construction trades. Interested youth will develop a career plan for meeting entrance requirements for apprenticeships.

Robert Morris University

$12,500 to the Bayer Center for the BoardsWork! program. BoardsWork! provides tools and information to improve governance in nonprofit organizations and the quality of decisions made at the board level. Through this grant, McAuley Ministries will sponsor 10 organizations to receive an individualized governance assessment, training on best governance practices, and the opportunity to match with potential board members who have been trained by the Bayer Center.

Schenley Heights Development Program

$30,000 to support pre-development expenses related to the conversion of the former Madison School into a facility to house after-school and other community programs.

Sisters Place, Inc.

$115,000 over three years for general operating support to provide housing and supportive services for families who are at-risk for homelessness. The grant also provides funding to replace a playground for resident families.

Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank

$25,000 to support a community-wide effort to launch a mothers’ milk bank and provide neonatal intensive care units in Pennsylvania and West Virginia with pasteurized human milk from screened donors to decrease morbidity and mortality for medically fragile infants.

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB)

$50,000 to hire 25 youth through the City of Pittsburgh’s Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment initiative. The city will contract with agencies to host youth for seven weeks, providing paid work activities in 14 career tracks. Contracted agencies will focus on six core competencies: customer service, computer literacy, job readiness, interpersonal communications, financial literacy, and problem solving.

Tickets for Kids

$20,000 to facilitate the placement of tickets donated from cultural and educational institutions to McAuley-designated after-school programs.

Ujamaa Collective

$25,000 in capacity-building support to develop the organization’s financial systems and financial management structure.

United Way of Allegheny County

$25,000 for Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), a coordinated after-school system that is youth-focused with attention to quality, communications, and advocacy.

Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh

$150,000 over three years for general operating support. Uptown Partners will provide community outreach and engagement, economic development, and neighborhood enhancement to achieve sustainable revitalization of the Uptown neighborhood.

Wireless Neighborhoods/Neighborhood Learning Alliance

$29,400 to hire and train 15 students over six weeks as Reading and Technology Warriors. The Warrior Movement provides an opportunity for African-American high school students to explore careers while supporting academically struggling elementary children in out-of-school-time programs. Reading Warriors will develop their leadership skills while exploring possible careers in education. Technology Warriors will connect children to Pittsburgh’s emerging Maker Movement and facilitate student exploration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects.

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

After-School Program

$150,000 over three years to support the after-school program at the Thelma Lovette YMCA. The YMCA will deliver tutoring and homework support to 40 students.

Housing Feasibility Study

$50,000 to complete a comprehensive feasibility study of the Single Resident Occupancy housing program at the Centre Avenue YMCA and examine capital improvements, programming, staffing models, and sustainability.