The Pittsburgh Foundation

Dietrich Foundation Greenville Fund invites 2019 grant applications

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 8, 2019  - The Pittsburgh Foundation is accepting grant applications for The Dietrich Foundation Greenville, Pa. Fund. Selection of grantees will be made by the nine-member committee of The Dietrich Foundation and awards will be announced in early summer.    

The grants, estimated to total $35,000, will support cultural, educational and other charitable organizations and projects in the Borough of Greenville in Mercer County. Grant proposals must be submitted online by noon on Feb. 8, to

Eligible grantees must be 501(c)3 organizations that are not classified as private foundations under Section 509(a). The Borough of Greenville is eligible. Annual amounts available for distribution are expected to increase in future years.

In the previous grants cycle, announced in July of last year, the fund awarded about $26,000 to six organizations:

  • The Greenville Symphony Orchestra was awarded $10,306 to celebrate its 90th season by presenting Beethoven’s Ninth symphony. In addition to its 75-piece orchestra, the symphony plans to host 300 high school and college-age choral singers from Mercer County, Pennsylvania. This event is expected to be the premier cultural event in the area next spring.
  • Downtown Ministries received $8,000 to support its Neighbor to Neighbor program. This program is intended to reverse the downward trend toward poverty and blight in the west side of Greenville. The Neighbor to Neighbor program uses interns from Thiel College and Grove City College to develop summer recreation activities in collaboration with children ages 6 and 14 and their families in Greenville. This program is provided at no cost to participants. The college interns are paid for their service.
  • The Greenville Area Community Theater was awarded $3,000 to present “Cinderella” the musical to the community of Greenville. This youth-focused show will allow the theater to target young audiences and families, bringing live productions to many who may be experiencing it for the first time. This production will be held at Thiel College’s William A. Robinson Theater.
  • The Greenville Area Historical Society received $2,000 to repair and replace the stone floor and steps of the front porch of the Waugh House Museum housed in a 192-year-old home. This work is deemed necessary for historical preservation as well as safety of members, visitors or passers-by.
  • First Baptist Church was awarded $1,500 to support its Hometown Mission program, the cornerstone local outreach mission of the church. This program assists with construction projects and yard maintenance projects for those who are unable to financially fund the projects themselves. There is no cost to the homeowner: teams of volunteers do the work and First Baptist Church covers material costs. In addition to the construction work, teen volunteers help with smaller acts of service such as cutting grass, delivering groceries or washing windows. 
  • The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania received $1,000 to provide support for the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience in Greenville. Funds will be used to help provide supplies, recruitment materials and training for volunteers. The program currently serves 42 girls in Greenville who that are receiving training on value life skills such as STEM, academic success through community service, financial leadership/entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, leadership and professional development.

The Dietrich Foundation Greenville, Pa. Fund was established as part of an estate bequest from former steel industry executive William S. Dietrich II, who died in 2011. The fund is managed at The Pittsburgh Foundation and is advised by board members of The Dietrich Foundation.

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