$10 Million Pledged to help Pittsburghers Hardest Hit by COVID-19

Four Pittsburgh foundations are providing grants to help the hardest hit with food, health care and other needs.
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As the Pittsburgh region’s economy slows to a crawl, people already facing financial challenges are even more at risk.

The Pittsburgh Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Hillman Family Foundation, and the Heinz Endowments have partnered up to provide $10 million for health care, food and other basic needs to the most vulnerable in the region.

$4 million will be used to seed an emergency fund to which the public can also donate at pittsburghfoundation.org/

Another $6 million will be donated by the foundations for individual grants “to organizations on the front lines of providing essential human services, health care support and economic assistance.”

In announcing the relief fund, the foundations say that “preference will be given to those most vulnerable to the negative effects of curtailment of daily economic activities, school operations, transportation options, daycare services and a range of government programs.”

“We are in uncharted territory gauging the full societal harm that will be caused by the COVID-19 virus, and by the necessary suspension of most activities of daily life across our region to combat it. We hope that the public will donate generously to this effort,” says Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO Lisa Schroeder and United Way President and CEO Bobbi Watt.

The Allegheny County Health Department and the county’s Department of Human Services also are providing input on where to direct funds.

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