2023 Grants

412 Food Rescue Inc.

$51,000 for food recovery operations. To reach more families and individuals experiencing food insecurity along the Mercy corridor, 412 Food Rescue aims to expand and scale its revolutionary food insecurity intervention and food waste prevention efforts.

A+ Schools Pittsburgh

Two grants totaling $112,000 to provide the data, tools, strategies, facilitation, and coordination of resources at the family, school, and community-wide levels to address the barriers that are the root causes of chronic absence and student academic failure.

Acculturation for Justice, Access, and Peace Outreach (AJAPO)

$10,000 in emergency funding to support housing for newly arriving refugees. AJAPO is a refugee resettlement nonprofit organization. As their first point of contact in the United States, refugees received through AJAPO to Pittsburgh, are provided with a myriad of services to assist their resettlement.

ACH Clear Pathways

$102,000 for Igniting the Dream Out-of-School Time Initiative. ACH Clear Pathways’ programming offers youth, primarily residing in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, access to academic tutoring, music, dance, theater, martial arts, digital media, and visual arts classes.

Bethel-Trinity Community Development Corporation (BTCDC)

$51,000 for general operating support. BTCDC is directly confronting the systemic racial inequities in the Hill District neighborhood and beyond by working to create a new model of community development, by and for the community and its people.

Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)

$51,000 for the Civic Engagement, Racial Equity, and Anti-Violence Project. B-PEP will continue its civic engagement get-out-the-vote efforts in 2024 and will employ all its election cycle activities in each election. B-PEP has also joined with other concerned groups to initiate conversations with the local police to address areas of concern and to inform the public about relevant public safety issues that affect them.

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

$102,000 for advanced services for individuals who are blind or vision impaired. Through scholarship support, individuals will have access to services and programs that lead to independence. The grant will also support the purchase of non-invasive optical imaging equipment that can help diagnose many eye conditions that ultimately impact seniors and others who have vision loss, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration.

Catapult Greater Pittsburgh

$51,000 for homeowner and homebuyer support in the Hill District. The homeownership program is focused on helping low-income, primarily Black families improve their financial health, become first time homebuyers, and/or protect their existing homes as a key asset for generational wealth building.

Center That CARES

$173,400 for Igniting the Dream Out-of-School Time Initiative. The Center that CARES inspires children and youth from the Hill District to learn and achieve through quality afterschool programs that include unique learning opportunities, innovative programming, and cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Community Human Services (CHS)

$51,000 for food pantry support. CHS’ largest food pantry provides individuals and families with free, fresh food from all food groups to assist in optimal nutrition and well-being.

Ebenezer Outreach Ministries

$306,000 over three years to support community outreach services, workforce programs, and basic needs center. Ebenezer Outreach Ministries will cover tuition, basic needs, and administrative fees to run pharmacy technician, culinary, and youth career readiness workforce programs for training students over the next year.

FLM Haiti

$10,000 to support the continuation of the work of Functional Literacy Ministry which has provided direct service, education, and health care in Haiti for 40 years.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

$51,000 to feed neighbors along the Mercy corridor. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank aims to enable our neighbors to have nutritious food, to connect people to community resources so they can thrive, and to build new initiatives that address food insecurity far into the future.

Grounded Strategies

$204,000 over two years for CommunityCare Hill District. Grounded Strategies will refocus the efforts of the community advocates to address systematized disparities in resources, access, and allocation for vacant property maintenance.

Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT)

$10,000 to support 15 students and six faculty to attend the 34th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance in Memphis, Tenn. Held in January, the conference focused on artists, education, leadership, and youth.

Hill District Consensus Group (HDCG)

$153,000 over three years for general operating support. HDCG mission is to create effective pathways for intergenerational residents to overcome economic, social, and housing disparities. Its framework includes emphasizing prevention, displacement, and eliminating barriers for people before they become a crisis within their homes by working with legal aid, the URA, ACTION-Housing, etc., to help stop the revolving door to eviction.

Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF)

$20,400 for out-of-school time (OST) and cultural enrichment programming. HCEF’s out-of-school time learning is a critical way to reach students experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County and bridge their formal and informal learning.

Hug Me Tight Childlife Centers Inc.

$45,000 for operational support for fiscal year 2024.

Jubilee Association Inc.

$51,000 for operations support. Jubilee provides services in the areas of basic needs, social services, housing assistance, employment, childcare, and outreach.

Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania

$40,341 to expand early literacy intervention in the Hill District. With established connections in the Hill District, the Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania offers free tutoring in reading and reading tutor training.

Neighbor to Neighbor Aid

Awarded to Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment (FACE) and Neighborhood Resilience Project, each organization will receive $76,500 to address emergent and critical needs of residents in the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland that when supported, may prevent families from falling into crisis.

Neighborhood Learning Alliance (NLA)

$51,000 for the Energizing Tomorrow’s Future Career Leaders & Workforce program. Neighborhood Learning Alliance aims to create elementary afterschool and summer camp career pathway activities that expose low-income and minority elementary students to mid-to-high paying career fields through interactive design labs.

Ozanam Inc.

$61,200 for Igniting the Dream Out-of-School Time Initiative. The Hill District legacy project inspires children and youth through culturally specific frameworks, capitalizing to excel and achieve through innovative educational experiences that embrace STEM and digital literacy and prepare students with 21st century learning skills.

Pittsburgh Scholar House

$102,000 for the Wayfinders Program PILOT in the Hill District. The Pittsburgh Scholar House’s Wayfinders Program addresses the barriers that impede degree completion for single-parent families in the Hill District. Many of these families are highly motivated to earn degrees but face significant challenges due to poverty, which hinder their progress. These challenges include limited access to childcare, transportation, and the resources necessary to navigate higher education. This program provides critical education navigation support, conducting comprehensive family needs assessments and developing academic success plans.

Poise Foundation

$2,850 to support Operation Amani’s attendance at the 2023 HomeBoy Conference.

Project Love Coalition

$25,500 for capacity building and operational support. Project Love Coalition (PLC) is taking steps to grow into the next level of existence to better serve those in need in the Hill District community. PLC is also planning to expand its farming workforce development program for veterans through the building of new workforce housing for veterans and veterans who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh

$382,500 over three years for children’s literacy programming. Their mission is to provide more books, learning opportunities, and motivational relationships to help children develop a life-long love of reading and ultimately help tackle the literacy gap in underserved communities across Pittsburgh.

Salvation Army

$7,500 to support families impacted by the August 12, 2023, house explosion in the Rustic Ridge development in Plum Borough.

Schenley Heights Community Development Program

$102,000 for Igniting the Dream Out-of- School Time Initiative. This will support Schenley Heights Community Development Program’s (SHCDP’s) mission to nurture, support, and develop the community through wholesome year-round programming that address the academic, moral, cultural, health, and recreational needs of children, youth, and families in the Hill District and the City of Pittsburgh.

Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship & Veteran’s Home

$163,000 for operating support for homeless ministries for the next three years, including Shepherd’s Heart Veteran’s Home, drop-in center, food pantry, resource center, and free shuttle service.

Sisters Lifting as We Climb Network

$45,000 to improve the realities of Black women. The network provides programming to address underlying trauma and provides safe spaces for Black women to obtain support and professional connections, such as sponsorship for coaching and professional development, promote businesses owned by Black women to showcase their expertise, and provide support to Black women-led organizations.

Sisters Place Inc.

$153,000 for the supportive housing services provided by Sisters Place, a Sisters of Mercy legacy program. Sisters Place offers safe support services and is bridging resource gaps that make parent and family well-being possible.

Strong Women, Strong Girls Inc. (SWSG)

$25,500 to empower girls to reach their full potential. The purpose of this project is to empower girls in the Hill District to envision a broader future for themselves. This is a curriculum-driven, female-centered mentoring program that will reach 30 girls in grades 3-5 in the Hill District.

Ujamaa Collective

$306,000 over three years to grow and sustain a hub of Black cooperations. The funds will support an ongoing cooperative development for Black creative businesswomen through shared marketing, sales, placemaking, and training, as well as to additionally nurture and contribute to the ecosystem and relationships that will undergird the cultural shift necessary for these values-based businesses to thrive.

The Pittsburgh Contingency Inc.

$25,500 to the Pittsburgh Contingency serving as the fiscal agent for Project Safe Storage. The newly formed organization uses community events to educate individuals on safe gun storage and the impact of gun violence with the goals to reduce the number of accidental shootings, injuries, and deaths in children; firearm thefts; suicides; and incidences of gun violence. In addition, the purpose is to have open dialogue about firearm safety in the home, provide the RAC as an instant take-home solution; provide education, awareness, empowerment, engagement, and resources; and develop collaborative solutions to address these pressing public health issues. The events aim to create a space for open, constructive dialogue, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.

The Pittsburgh Contingency Inc.

$153,000 over two years to the Pittsburgh Contingency as the fiscal agent for the Senior Jazz Connection (SJC). In 2019, the SJC organized four events blending music, senior services, social opportunities, and good food for seniors. The success of these events inspired SJC to continue, but events were paused temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With funding support from McAuley Ministries, SJC relaunched the concept in winter of 2022, building on lessons learned and responding to increased demand for opportunities for socialization. The Senior Jazz Connection and Resource Fair is a bi-monthly event rotating through senior communities and community venues. Each Jazz Café features live music, a hot meal, and an array of community-based service providers serving seniors. The service providers will be vetted to ensure low-barrier access and high need in the community.

The Thelma Lovette YMCA

$153,000 over three years for membership assistance. The Thelma Lovette YMCA will partially fund memberships for 65 families each year. The grant will also support youth programs such as swim lessons, flag football, and the Junior Cavs, a fair play youth basketball learning league that emphasizes having fun while encouraging skills development, teamwork, sportsmanship, and community involvement.

UPMC Matilda H. Theiss Family Health Center and the Hill District Rebels Youth Football Team

$5,000 to secure an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine for the Hill District Rebels Youth Football Team.

Venture Outdoors

$76,500 for continued support and expansion of their Outdoor Learning Lab. Following a pilot in 2022, Venture Outdoors will expand its mentorship program to provide paid internships, job readiness skills, and a view into the growing outdoor recreation industry in Pennsylvania, which typically has not provided employment outreach into communities of color.

Vision Enterprises Judicial Assistance Serving Our Neighborhood (JASON) Project

$306,000 over three years for operational support. The JASON Project serves as a non-legal support to those who find themselves requiring use of a public defender to confront a criminal charge or family court issue to prevent the cascading legal implications in which a disenfranchised and legally inexperienced individual needlessly suffers.

Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE)

$20,400 for a pilot program that will explore the correlation of absenteeism and environmental triggers in the home. Working with various community organizations as well as school building personal in the proposed schools to identify students who are missing instruction time due to asthma or allergy issues. WHE’s overarching goal is to ensure all children, especially focusing on those in our selected communities, have access to equitable programs and resources to succeed in school.

Young Black Motivated Kings & Queens (YBMKQ)

$25,500 for YBMKQ University which provides participants with a safe learning environment that addresses the educational needs of participants by providing interest-driven, culturally relevant weekly learning activities to help youth stay connected to learning in ways that support their social and emotional well-being.