The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: Omicelo Cares

Omicelo Cares helps community members understand how they can benefit from revitalization in gentrifying neighborhoods such as the Hill District, Hazelwood and Homewood.

The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $4,800 to Omicelo Cares. 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.

This organization uses real estate and business principles to advance the education of community members in gentrifying neighborhoods such as the Hill District, Hazelwood and Homewood. The organization’s programs help community members understand how they can benefit from revitalization in their neighborhood.

The $4,800 grant will provide financial compensation to a small group of high school interns in the spring so that they can apply their newly acquired business education and skills to the early planning of the DreamOn Festival, a free music and ice cream festival. Omicelo Cares has an annual operating budget of $21,145.

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 Omicelo Cares, visit their website.

Read about the Small and Mighty initiative.