Heinz Endowments Increase Funding for Pandemic Relief

The Endowments Board approved an additional $6.4 million in grants for various organizations.
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There is more help on the way for organizations struggling with the pandemic. To date, Pittsburgh foundations have awarded 43 grants to local organizations. This week, the Endowments Board approved an additional $6.4 million, bringing the grand total to $11.4 million.

Some of the grants that were approved are $600,000 to childcare through the nonprofit Trying Together, and $775,000 to Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project to fund protective policies. Grants also were awarded to Bridgeway Capital to support small businesses, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Clean Water Fund.

“Even as our community continues to respond to urgent needs arising from this crisis, we also must start shaping what comes next as we move to create a more resilient and inclusive future,” Grant Oliphant, president of the Endowments, said in a press release. “A crisis like this tests nothing so much as what we truly value, and these grants express a commitment to a community that prizes its creativity, its environment, its potential, and the need shared by all its people for everything from food and shelter to dignity and meaning.”

Other organizations that received grants to address health and safety concerns and reduce hardship experienced by individuals include:

  • Carnegie Mellon University: $289,000 to support a program that works to identify barriers to equity.
  • Casa San Jose: $250,000 to fund Latinx community organizations
  • Community Foundation for the Alleghenies: $390,000 to help fund asthma prevention work, $120,000 to support air quality monitoring programs
  • Community Justice Project: $80,000 to support programs to reduce lead poisoning in children
  • Environmental Integrity Project: $185,000 to fund programs to improve air quality in Western Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh: $125,000 to evaluate the state of affordable housing and housing market conditions in Allegheny County
  • Hill Community Development Corporation: $230,000 for operating support for programs addressing health and economic impacts of COVID-19
  • Operation Better Block: $70,000 to support the Homewood Geen initiative

Read the entire list of grants here.

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