Small and Mighty: Isaiah Project
The inaugural round of grantees for The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Small and Mighty program includes a $15,000 award to The Isaiah Project. Small and Mighty aims to streamline the grant-seeking process for organizations with annual budgets of less than $600,000. This grant program is a direct outcome of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, which focuses on providing economic prosperity and stability for single women raising children and vulnerable youth ages 12 to 24.
Founded in 2009, The Isaiah Project gives high school-age youth a safe haven from the violence in Pittsburgh's Allentown, Arlington, Beltzhoover, Carrick, Knoxville and Mt. Oliver neighborhoods. The organization provides meaningful work experience, academic supports, violence prevention and life skills groups, community service opportunities and emotional support from caring adults. Some students are offered paid work experience from licensed tradespeople in carpentry, landscaping, electrical work, painting and culinary arts. This grant will help increase management capacity, service delivery and formalize partnerships with other organizations. The Isaiah Project operates with an annual budget of $299,976.