The Pittsburgh Foundation is partnering with the Allegheny County-City of Pittsburgh Complete Count Committee and the Census 2020 Philanthropic Fund (housed at Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania), to implement a mini-grants program to support census-related activities. (If you are from Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington or Westmoreland county, please visit the Western PA Regional Mini-Grants Program.)
The fund will provide grants up to $2,500 to community-based organizations (nonprofits, schools or municipalities) that agree to advance the work of the 2020 Census with populations identified to be at risk of an undercount.
Eligible applicants must be either:
- An incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating in the City of Pittsburgh and/or Allegheny County,
- A school or educational institution operating in the City of Pittsburgh and/or Allegheny County, or
- A municipality in Allegheny County.
If awarded a mini-grant, a representative of your organization will be required to attend a virtual Census training provided by the Complete Count Committee.
NOTE: If you are a community-based organization that is not a school, a municipality or an incorporated 501(c)(3), you must obtain a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible 501(c)(3) in Allegheny County. If your organization has questions about how to obtain a fiscal sponsor, please contact India Hunter at hunteri [at] pghfdn.org.
Proposals should focus on outreach activities to increase participation in the 2020 census. The outreach must benefit historically undercounted and hard-to-count communities throughout Allegheny County. Historically undercounted populations include: seniors; people of color; foreign born residents; children ages birth to five; low-income residents; persons experiencing homelessness; persons with disabilities and persons who do not live in traditional housing.
The Advisory Committee to the Census 2020 Philanthropic Fund encourages applications from arts and cultural groups with plans for creative projects that aim to inform hard-to-count populations.
For this application round, reviewers will give high priority to proposals that intend to increase Census participation in areas with lower self-response rates, as indicated by the Census Bureau’s real-time results. We encourage you to review either the Census Bureau’s Response Rate map and/or the CUNY Hard to Count map when preparing your proposal to understand how neighborhoods and municipalities throughout Allegheny County are responding to the census.
USE OF GRANT FUNDS
Proposed activities should take place between now and Oct. 31, when door-to-door census outreach concludes. Grant activities should focus on increasing census participation among the hard-to-count groups above. It could include:
- Alleviating language barriers in promoting census awareness and completion.
- When it is safe to gather people together, hosting events that encourage people to answer the Census.
- Creating unique materials to encourage census participation for the populations you serve.
- Purchasing technology to allow people to fill out the census on the spot.
NOTE: Hiring interns or fellows is an acceptable use of funds, but persons cannot be affiliated with existing programs such AmeriCorps, including Public Allies and VISTA.
Our latest application cycle closed May 15, 2020. Please be sure to check back for announcements on future funding opportunities.
- For technical questions related to the application submission, please contact Jennifer Steinmetz at steinmetzj [at] pghfdn.org.
- For general questions about the program or content of the grant application, please contact Census Fellow, India Hunter, at hunteri [at] pghfdn.org