The Pittsburgh Foundation

Dietrich Foundation Greenville Fund invites 2020 grant applications

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 12, 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 $46,000 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 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 7, 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 May 2019, the fund awarded about $34,000 to five organizations:

  • Theil College was awarded $15,000 to support the implementation of new lighting in its Passavant Center, a performance auditorium routinely utilized by area high schools, the Greenville Area Symphony, local groups and regional partners. The award increased the capabilities of the facilities to host additional public concerts and events.
  • Downtown Ministries received $10,000 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 to 14 and their families in Greenville. This program is provided at no cost to participants. The college interns are paid for their service.
  • Greenville Area Soccer Association received $7,350 to support scholarships for players who cannot afford the cost associated with the travel program and the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to provide a safer environment for its participants and spectators. Educational components of GASA's program focus around teamwork, sportsmanship, and learning the skills necessary to be a successful soccer player.
  • UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation was awarded $1,000 to support its Medical Equipment Recycling Program, which primarily serves people who lack the insurance coverage or means to buy new medical equipment, by helping purchase a manual lift to aid in the transportation of medical equipment. This program refurbishes donated medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, hospital beds and provides these items to people in need.
  • The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania received $1,000 to provide support for the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience in Greenville. Funds helped provide supplies, recruitment materials and training for volunteers. The program currently serves 32 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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