2016 Grants

412 Food Rescue

$35,000 for volunteer outreach and food recovery initiatives to connect food that would otherwise go to waste to organizations that serve persons at risk for food insecurity.

Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO)

Refugee Resettlement

$60,000, payable over three years, to provide 90 refugees with resettlement assistance, employment, and case management services to assist them to successfully integrate into the Pittsburgh community and gain self-sufficiency within six months.

Supplies for Immigrants

$5,000 to provide personal hygiene and educational supplies to immigrants arriving in the Pittsburgh area.


$37,000 to support young adults who have aged out of foster care and transitioning to self-sufficiency. Supportive services will be provided for 24 residents who are housed at MyPlace in Uptown.

ACH Clear Pathways

$20,000 for the 2016 Creative Summer Camp, where 50 youth will participate in music, dance, visual arts, theater classes, field trips, and community service.

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

$20,000 to implement an after-school enrichment program to middle school students at the Center that CARES. The “Healthy Minds” project will increase awareness and skills regarding physical and mental health, academic and job success, healthy relationships, environmental issues that influence health, and smart decision-making.

Bethlehem Haven

$100,000 to create 16 units of permanent supportive housing.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

$42,000 to establish a sixth site for “The Labs @ CLP” at the Carnegie Library Hill District branch. The Labs provide access to new technology, digital media, specialized equipment, and resources that spark, encourage, and support curiosity and interests among youth.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Van for St. Joseph House of Hospitality

$35,000 to purchase an eight-passenger van for St. Joseph House of Hospitality. The van will enable St. Joseph to provide transportation services to residents and to pick up donated items more efficiently.

Fire and Security Systems

$195,000 for the installation of a fire suppression and security camera system at St. Joseph House of Hospitality.

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

C.A.R.E.S. Facility Renovations

$35,000 to improve flooring, furnishings, access, and security at the Centre Avenue after-school program site for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.

Transportation Services

$10,000 to provide a transportation service for high school students who attend Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12 University Preparatory School but do not qualify for transportation from the Pittsburgh Public School District. The goals are to reduce student absenteeism and tardiness, and demonstrate the need for a modified transportation policy.

Community at Holy Family Manor

$35,000 to Nazareth Housing to make vital home repairs for 7-10 low-income, elderly, or disabled homeowners.

Grow Pittsburgh

$40,000 to provide ongoing technical assistance and infrastructure improvements at the Martin Luther King Community Garden and develop the leadership capacity of local gardeners.

GTECH Strategies

$25,000 to collaborate with the Hill District Consensus Group and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh to engage, equip, and empower 8-10 residents from the Bedford Dwellings and Middle Hill neighborhoods of the Hill District to participate in a targeted education and training program. The program will culminate in residents reclaiming and improving vacant land in the Middle Hill District.

Higher Achievement

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

Hill Community Development Corporation

$36,240 to install an elevator in the MOKA Art Gallery on Centre Avenue in the Hill District.

Hill House Association

$100,000 to expand workforce development facilities and install a new playground for youth-serving agencies.

Jewish Healthcare Foundation

$30,000 to support the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative and education of providers and residents about the implementation of Managed Long Term Services and Support in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center (FACE)

$50,000 for implementation of Girls Circle, an evidence-based, gender-relevant program for girls ages 9 –18 who attend University Preparatory at Pittsburgh Milliones. The model is designed to increase positive connections, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls.

Mercy Volunteer Corps

$49,254 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.

NeighborWorks of Western PA

$50,000 to provide financial education, credit, and budget counseling to clients of workforce development programs in the greater Hill District.

Northside Industrial Development Company

$25,000 to implement BizFit, an initiative of Riverside Center for Innovation. BizFit will prepare qualified minority, women, veterans and other disadvantaged business-owners from the Hill District for contracting as a construction prime or subcontractor.

Orchestra on the Hill

$40,000 to expand an after-school music program based at St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District and build the organization’s infrastructure.

Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children

$48,000 to provide technical support to home-based providers of early childhood services who are impacted by certification requirements from revisions to the Child Care Development Block Grant program.

Pittsburgh Foundation

$75,000, payable over three years, for the Jail Collaborative, a public/private partnership designed to improve prisoner re-entry to the community and, by doing so, reduce recidivism and strengthen families and communities.

Pittsburgh Mercy

Sensory Rooms

$50,000 to create three sensory rooms to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities at the Bloomfield, Ross Township, and Beechview locations. Sensory rooms assist individuals with special needs to develop their senses and skills, relying upon lights and the environment instead of medication. Studies have shown that sensory-based treatment seems to calm agitated clients and decrease assault and self-injurious behavior.

Nurse Practitioner

$200,000, payable over two years, to add a nurse practitioner to the Operation Safety Net® health team, enhancing consistency and program sustainability.

Pittsburgh Public Schools

$50,000 for the 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)

Nonprofit Executive Coaching: Cohort 1

$9,000 to extend implementation of a pilot executive coaching program for nonprofit leaders.

Nonprofit Executive Coaching: Cohort 2

$57,200 to provide executive coaching for a second cohort of 10 nonprofit leaders.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

$200,000 to provide critical home repairs for low-income seniors, persons with disabilities, or veterans. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh will also hire five Hill District residents to gain construction work experience.

Robert Morris University

$15,000 to provide nonprofit organizations with access to skills-based volunteering by project teams from local corporations.

Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship

Veteran’s Home Upgrades

$111,800 for critical upgrades to the Veteran’s Home, including a new HVAC system, modernized bathrooms, upgrades to the bedrooms, new commercial gas stove, and reconfiguring the entrance for added security.

General Operating Support

$150,000, payable over three years, for general operating support.

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.

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

$50,000 for the Learn and Earn Youth Summer Employment Initiative, providing a six-week paid summer training and employment opportunity for 20 youth, ages 14-21.

United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia

$5,000 to support voluntary organizations that are active in disaster recovery related to the West Virginia floods.

United Way of Southwestern PA

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

$25,000 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.

Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh

$13,833 to improve neighborhood aesthetics and perception by adding 13 new trash receptacles along the eastern end of the Fifth and Forbes Avenue corridors in Uptown.

Urban Innovation21

$50,000 for infrastructure for The Citizen Science Lab. The Lab will employ 16 Hill District teens to work on pharmaceutical drug design and computational modeling of proteins over the summer. The grant will cover stipends for the instructors and the hardware, reagents, and supplies needed to implement the summer program.

Venture Outdoors

$15,000 to provide 90 children enrolled in the Center that CARES summer camp with outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, geocaching, and fishing.

Wireless Neighborhoods/Neighborhood Learning Alliance

$30,000 to hire and train 15 Hill District teens as reading mentors for children in elementary summer camps.