The Pittsburgh Foundation

Foundation-Directed Grants

Use the drop-down boxes below to search the listing of discretionary grants awarded through our application process. The Foundation awards grants in these strategic focus areas: Self-Sufficient Individuals and Families, Healthy Communities, Vibrant Democracy and Community Projects.

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Focus Area


Grantee Purpose Year Sort ascending Amount
City of Asylum Pittsburgh to expand free arts and cultural programming. 2018 $100,000
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for general operating support. 2018 $90,000
New Horizon Theater, Inc. to support the 2018/2019 season production on the play “Freeda Peoples” by Joyce Sylvester. 2018 $25,000
Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Alleg County to cover fees related to the construction of Curtain Call - a community public art installation. 2018 $60,910
San Francisco Film Society to complete episode one of the Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis documentary series. 2018 $50,000
Melting Pot Ministries to support the expansion of its Learning Konnections Program to serve at least 33 new students. 2018 $50,000
The Consortium for Public Education for 2019 operating support. 2018 $125,000
Unity Lutheran Community Mission to support year-round educational programming for at least 33 students residing in Homewood. 2018 $20,000
Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation to increase the supply of affordably-priced rental and owner-occupied housing in Garfield by 41 new or renovated homes. 2018 $50,000
Center for Employment Opportunities to provide transitional work and employment services to high-risk youth and adults recently released from incarceration. 2018 $100,000
Evolve Coaching to provide personalized coaching and supported employment opportunities to prepare individuals with developmental disabilities for the world of work. 2018 $25,000
Life'sWork of Western PA to increase the number and success of youth with disabilities securing meaningful employment. 2018 $80,000
New Leaders Council to recruit, train and promote young progressive leaders to become civic leaders in Pittsburgh. 2018 $3,700
Thomas Merton Center, Inc. to increase its capacity to grow transit ridership and mobility equity in Allegheny County. 2018 $60,000
Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp. to develop an evaluation framework for the future government structure of Wilkinsburg. 2018 $87,500
POISE Foundation to build the capacity of residents to collectively advocate for increased investment and policies to strengthen African American communities. 2018 $75,000
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Inc. for Pittsburgh Mercy Life Center Corporation to plan and implement a year-round, 24/7 low-barrier shelter for the most vulnerable individuals who are living on the streets. 2018 $186,000
Group Against Smog and Pollution to support legal and policy work that reduces regional air pollution created by stationary, mobile, and other sources, and to advocate for healthier air in Southwestern Pennsylvania. 2018 $40,000
Pennsylvania State University Philanthropic Fund to support the Crossing Bridges Summit. 2018 $25,000
Allegheny Health Network to support the Mother Baby Intensive Outpatient Program at West Penn Hospital. 2018 $150,000
PublicSource for a one-year operating support grant. 2018 $250,000
Breathe Pennsylvania for the Taking Asthma Control to School Project – a hospital and school-based pilot to reduce childhood asthma. 2018 $46,394
Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to improve response to civil rights violations within the Pittsburgh region by establishing a dedicated presence working exclusively on civil rights cases to serve the city’s most vulnerable residents. 2018 $142,699
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project to expand and improve citizen science tools related to monitoring the health impact of fracking on residents and communities in and around Allegheny County. 2018 $84,500
Infinite Lifestyle Solutions to support community-based programming to ameliorate the effects of gun violence on youth and families. 2018 $15,000
Neighborhood ALLIES for 2019 operating support. 2018 $175,000
Focus North America to support a project manager for the FOCUS Pittsburgh Trauma Informed Community Development Project. 2018 $65,000
MAYA Organization to support expansion of the Prenatal Parent Program. 2018 $50,000
Operation Troop Appreciation to support the Welcome Home Program. 2018 $25,000
Providence Connections, Inc. to subsidize the cost of childcare for low-income families in its early childhood education program. 2018 $75,000
Children's Home of Pittsburgh to support Child’s Way, a childcare program for medically fragile children. 2018 $100,000
The Forbes Funds for 2019 operating support. 2018 $400,000
TPF Special Assets Fund for Lenfest Institute for Journalism to support the joint activities of Spotlight PA and PA Post, nonprofit journalism initiatives in Pennsylvania. 2018 $300,000
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh to support the Mentor 2.0 Program at Pittsburgh Brashear High School. 2017 $35,000
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania to support United for Women. 2017 $100,000
Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania to support its merger with the Western PA Humane Society 2017 $25,000
New Sun Rising to launch Saturday software development programming for graduating high school students from Carrick and Brashear High Schools. 2017 $50,000
Restaurant Opportunities Center United for the One Fair Wage campaign to eliminate the separate, lower wage for tipped workers in Pennsylvania. 2017 $25,000
Riverlife for 2017 operating support. 2017 $100,000
AWC Renewal to support a strategic and business planning process. 2017 $45,000
Saint Vincent College for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media to support the 2017 Fred Forward Symposium. 2017 $25,000
Knead Community Cafe to support a pay-what-you-can café in New Kensington. 2017 $100,000
NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive) for 2017 operating support. 2017 $100,000
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Inc. to support the final two productions and accompanying educational programs in the 2016-17 season. 2017 $50,000
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures to support the presentation of author Roxanne Gay as part of its lecture series. 2017 $15,000
Pittsburgh Opera, Inc. to support the production of The Summer King: A Josh Gibson Story. 2017 $100,000
Point Park University to support a partnership between its Conservatory of Performing Arts and Pittsburgh Westinghouse Academy. 2017 $15,000
Quantum Theatre, Inc. to support a new staff position and the Legacy Project, a hub to serve emerging artists and mid-sized cultural organizations and create large-scale original theater projects. 2017 $75,000
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project to create a community-sourcing site for documenting evidence of health, air and water impacts from shale gas extraction. 2017 $93,000
Global Solutions Pittsburgh to support implementation of a community-designed plan to integrate immigrants and refugees into the Pittsburgh region. 2017 $75,000