Heinz Endowments Gives $2.3 Million More in Pandemic Funding

More than $600,000 of the new funding will help provide computers for local students following school closures.
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The Heinz Endowments on Thursday announced a second wave of emergency grants, totaling more than $2.3 million, to Pittsburgh-area nonprofit organizations. This and earlier grants are part of a $5 million emergency fund.

The funding includes three grants totaling $610,000 to help fund the acquisition and distribution of laptops for students who do not have access to computer technology: $360,000 to the Pittsburgh Public Schools, $200,000 to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and $50,000 to the community development nonprofit Neighborhood Allies.

The Heinz Endowments awarded grants of $250,000 each to Allegheny Health Network to support the operations of mobile testing units of the COVID-19 virus in underserved communities, starting with Hazelwood; the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; and POISE Foundation to support small and mid-sized black-led organizations.

“We know the crisis we are in is both unique and devastating, and our community is doing all it can to help protect and save lives and to address severe hardship,” Grant Oliphant, president of the Endowments, said in a press release. “We are especially concerned about the disproportionate impact this pandemic is having on African Americans and minorities, as well as low-income and disadvantaged families and individuals, and this is reflected in our latest slate of emergency funding.”

In this new round of funding, a total of 28 grants are awarded, also including:

  • Northside Industrial Development Co.: $100,000 to stabilize vulnerable businesses.
  • 1Hood Media Academy: $80,000 to provide information about the COVID-19 virus and its impact on black communities.
  • Adagio Health: $64,000 to provide personal protective equipment for frontline staff and to support the organization’s transition to a telehealth model for women and children.
  • Clean Water Fund: $54,000 to provide indoor air filters for residents most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection in the Clairton area.
  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development: $50,000 to obtain and distribute protective masks.
  • Center of Life: $50,000 to support the organization’s efforts in collaboration with the Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative to provide essential needs and wellness checks.
  • Training and Education Fund: $50,000 for essential needs and extended emergency childcare for COVID-19-positive frontline healthcare workers.
  • Restaurant Opportunity Centers: $40,000 for emergency financial relief for furloughed restaurant workers.
  • Community Justice Project: $40,000 to support legal and policy work for low-income individuals and families.
  • Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corp.: $40,000 for emergency assistance for immigrant entrepreneurs and families living in rental housing.

See the entire list of grants here.

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