The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO)

Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO) empowers refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into the Pittsburgh region.

The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO). The Small and Mighty grants program, an outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, has awarded $308,821 this year to 22 local nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000.

AJAPO provides a continuum of care, which empowers refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into the Pittsburgh region. Founded 16 years ago, AJAPO focuses on five areas: refugee resettlement, family cohesion and empowerment, immigration services, youth development and employment services.

This funding will go toward retaining more staff to help decrease a waiting list of people seeking services. AJAPO has an annual operating budget of $525,271.

In the first round of Small and Mighty funding, announced in March 2017, a total of $230,000 was awarded to 18 organizations. To date, Small and Mighty has awarded $538,000 in grants to 40 organizations.

To learn more about AJAPO, visit their website.

Read about the Small and Mighty initiative