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 applicant 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.
- A municipality in Allegheny County.
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 Emmie Calland at callande [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.
USE OF GRANT FUNDS
Proposed activities should take place between now and July 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.
- 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.
HOW TO APPLY
- Deadline for applications is Feb. 1.
- The application is only five brief questions.
If you’re an existing user who has accessed our grants portal before, please log in. If not, please click "Create New Account.” Once you're logged in, click "Apply" and in the search bar, type in the application name “AC 2020 Census Grant Application."
- 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 Emmie Calland at callande [at] pghfdn.org.