2019 Grants

Acculturation for Justice Access & Peace Outreach (AJAPO)

Economic Self-Sufficiency

$100,000, payable over two years, to assist 20 immigrant families per year to become economically self-sufficient.

Emergency Accommodations

$10,000 to assist families with temporary, emergency accommodations while waiting for immigration processing.

ACH Clear Pathways

$200,000 for this out-of-school time program to develop a site in the Hill District to serve as a permanent location for the program.

Amizade Ltd.

$35,000 to support global travel for a cohort of 10 Hill District students. Amizade will collaborate with high schools and community groups to design and manage safe and empowering global service-learning and volunteer programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

$41,800 to expand the organization’s outreach in the Hill District and provide caring adult mentors to 20 additional children who live in the community and who would benefit from additional academic and social support.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

$50,000 to support case management for residents of St. Joseph House of Hospitality.

Catholic Relief Services

$10,000 to support relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

Clean Slate E3

$32,000 to establish a nature-based play area and curriculum for students attending the ABK Early Learning & Development Center located in Bedford Dwellings.

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit

$10,000 for emergency assistance to the victims of the fire at the DeRuad Street apartments.

Friendship Community Presbyterian Church

$25,000 to re-establish programming at The Corner, providing engagement and cultural enrichment for neighbors living in West Oakland.

Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania

$20,000 to offer girls a curriculum-based journey experience that focuses on healthy living and leadership skills. The Girl Scouts will deliver programming through a paid facilitator.

Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania

$60,000 for the Census 2020 Philanthropic Fund. The goals of this collaborative effort of Pittsburgh’s philanthropic community are to achieve maximum participation in the 2020 census by educating stakeholders and the general public on the importance and impact of the census for the state and region and by increasing the response rate in hard-to-count communities.


$5,000 to provide membership access for residents of the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland to this makerspace located in Uptown.

Higher Achievement

$39,421 to provide academic programming to middle school students at the Center that CARES.

Hill Community Development Corporation (CDC)

$442,500, payable over three years, for a project administrator to facilitate the implementation of the Lower Hill Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan (CCIP). The CCIP is the result of the community’s negotiations with the Pittsburgh Penguins and City of Pittsburgh to ensure that development in the Lower Hill is consistent with equitable development principles outlined in the Hill District Master Plan.

Hill District Education Council

$43,900 to implement Freedom School at Pittsburgh Weil PreK-5 School in the Hill District. Freedom School is a culturally relevant, six-week program designed to enhance the summer learning experience for 50 students in reading and mathematics and reduce the impact of summer learning loss.


$26,000 to introduce 20 African-American high school girls to nontraditional careers using drone technology and to prepare those students for the drone certification exam.

Macedonia Family And Community Enrichment Center (FACE)

Capacity Building

$7,580 for transactional expenses related to the transition of senior programming from the Hill House Association to Macedonia FACE in light of the pending closure of the Hill House.

Senior Services

$50,000 to support the transition of senior services, including operation of the Meals on Wheels program, from the Hill House Association to Macedonia FACE.

Neighborhood Allies

$10,000 for a Hill District- based delegation to participate in the Homeboy Industries Network Gathering to learn about initiatives that provide previously incarcerated men and women with training, employment, and support to contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities.

Neighborhood Learning Alliance

$50,000, payable over two years, to support the out-of-school program at the Thelma Lovette Y, serving students from Pittsburgh Miller PreK – 5.

Neighborhood Resilience Project

Behavioral Health Community Organizer

$50,000 to support a Behavioral Health Community Organizer (BHCO) who is responsible for trauma-informed community development. The BHCO will implement interventions on a fourth neighborhood block in the Hill District.

Backpack Meals

$72,000, payable over two years, to deliver six weekend meals to 300 children eligible for the free and reduced lunch program in Hill District schools.

Operations support

$40,000 to support operations during the re-launch and re-branding of FOCUS Pittsburgh as the Neighborhood Resilience Project.

Ozanam Inc.

$50,000 to develop and implement a culturally-responsive Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum during its after-school program and summer camp.


$50,000 for Learn & Earn, a collaborative program of the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Partner4Work, providing paid summer training and employment opportunities for 20 youth ages 14 to 21.

Pittsburgh Mercy

Pilot Program to Address Food Insecurity

$22,190 for Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center to develop and implement a pilot program to address food insecurity. The South Side-based, integrated physical and behavioral health primary care center will purchase pre-packaged, medically-tailored food boxes; establish a food pantry; and offer education on food access and nutrition to persons it serves.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Case Managers

$228,000 in bridge funding to support the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Case Managers while re-authorization of CCBHC is pending in Congress. Case managers are critical to the CCBHC model of care, by engaging persons served, coordinating care, reducing barriers to access, and providing comprehensive and consumer-specific information to treatment teams.

Leadership Development

$70,000, payable over two years, to support leadership development with two pilgrimages to Ireland for 24 Pittsburgh Mercy colleagues to explore the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy and the implications of the Sisters’ legacy for Pittsburgh Mercy. The pilgrims, upon returning from Ireland, will complete service projects inspired by the works of Mercy.

Project Love Coalition

$10,000 for a veteran-led project that will provide green space and a learning garden on two vacant lots in the Hill District. Forty raised garden beds will be built for growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship and Veteran’s Home

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

Small Seeds Development

$65,000, over two years, for the Mother to Son Program, providing training and workshops to build well-being and self-sufficiency in families led by single mothers.

Steel City Squash, Inc.

$2,500 for this after-school enrichment program to engage a consultant, analyze development initiatives, and create a strategy for individual giving, corporate and foundation relations, and special events.

Strong Women, Strong Girls

$25,000 to continue to provide out-of-school time enrichment and mentoring to 45 girls at four program sites in the Hill District.

Student Conservation Association

$25,000 to work with local high school students to improve trails and parks and create the next generation of diverse conservation leaders.

The Citizen Science Lab

$50,000 to continue the SeaPerch project, establishing teams of middle and high school students from the Hill District to train for, enter, and compete in the SeaPerch underwater robotic challenge.

The Homeless Children’s Education Fund

$25,000 to support two direct service programs — Building Blocks, an out-of-school time program at Womanspace East, and the Teen Outreach Program at Pittsburgh Milliones University Preparatory School. These programs advance the educational and social/emotional needs of youth experiencing homelessness.


$23,350 to deliver an evidence-based curriculum to out-of-school time providers to break through rigid feminine norms impacting girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

$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 and advocating for quality after-school, weekend, and summer programs.

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

$30,000 for The African American Achievement Trust, providing middle and high school students at Milliones University Preparatory School with mentors and graduation coaches to promote life skills.

Venture Outdoors

$25,000 to support 2019 summer camp programs at the Center that CARES and biweekly programs for two after-school centers in the Hill District during the 2019-2020 school year. An estimated 120 youth will engage in year-round outdoor recreation and environmental education.