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BIPOC Artist Micro-Grant Program Created by The Center for Philanthropy and funded through the Mac Miller Fund

Photo credit: Sharon Marrero
Photo credit: Sharon Marrero

The BIPOC Artist Micro-Grant program, created by the Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy and funded by the Mac Miller Fund, was announced in June of 2021 with the goal of awarding 75 micro-grants of $1,000 to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) artists to assist them in their work. The awardees were selected in September of 2021 and announced in a news release.

see 2021 awardees


To be eligible for a micro-grant, applicants must be a member of the arts community in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Grants will be issued as practice-based support, not for specific projects, so that recipients have the freedom to use the awards on whatever they choose. The program is open to artists who live in the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Lawrence, Somerset, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland. Applicants were asked to describe how their work confronts racism and inequity in the United States and how they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.   


The Mac Miller Fund was established at The Pittsburgh Foundation in 2018 by the family of the late Malcolm McCormick (Mac Miller) to honor the Pittsburgh native and nationally known rapper and producer.


The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy is one of only a few centers in the country offering expertise to donors to help them determine how to meet philanthropic goals through grantmaking and nonprofit management, personalized education sessions and guidance on multi-generational giving.

For questions, please contact Katie Belonus in The Center for Philanthropy at belonusk [at] (belonusk[at]pghfdn[dot]org)