Richard King Mellon Foundation Awards Grants to 44 Nonprofits

$3.15 million in emergency aid going to organizations impacted by COVID-19.


The Richard King Mellon Foundation on Tuesday awarded $3.15 million in emergency operating grants to 44 nonprofit organizations in the region that have been impacted by the  COVID-19 pandemic. 

The grants, which range from $250,000 to $25,000, are part of a $15 million package the foundation approved on April 13 to address the pandemic. The money is going to healthcare innovation and technology initiatives, economic development grants to support recovery and prevent further job losses in the region, and the emergency operating grants to help nonprofits. 

“Our nonprofit partners have been hit hard by COVID-19,” says Richard King Mellon Foundation Director Sam Reiman in a press release. “It is essential we help them to continue their important work at this difficult time.” 

The two largest grants of $250,000 each are going to the Allegheny Health Network toward supplies including ventilators and personal protective equipment and Saint Vincent College to bridge a funding gap as it seeks longer-term recovery support from government sources.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which is facing unprecedented demand, will get $200,000. 

Other organizations receiving emergency aid include: 

  •     Carnegie Institute – $100,000 to maintain essential staff and cover fixed operational costs.
  •     Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania – $100,000 to provide bridge support as it seeks federal disaster loan relief.
  •     Holy Family Institute – $100,000 to provide bridge support.
  •     National Aviary Pittsburgh – $100,000 to support critical support staff and to cover fixed building costs.
  •     Poise Foundation – $100,000 to support small- and mid-sized African American-led organizations through the creation of the Critical Community Needs Fund, which targets community-based organizations that serve vulnerable individuals.
  •     Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – $100,000 to support critical staff, maintenance and operations at Fallingwater.
  •     Westmoreland Museum of Art – $100,000 to replace a failing heating and cooling system, and to support critical staff and other fixed costs.
  •     Adagio Health – $50,000 to purchase and implement a new telehealth module with supporting IT equipment for remote access; to acquire personal protective equipment for medical staff; and to underwrite administrative costs.
  •     Auberle – $50,000 to support payroll frontline employees; to provide personal protective equipment; and to provide direct financial support for foster parents seeing increased costs as children are home from school.
  •     Center of Life – $50,000 to provide daily meals, toiletries and cleaning supplies, internet connectivity and online programming for children in Hazelwood.
  •     City Theatre Company – $50,000 to maintain core administrative staff, cover fixed building costs and support the health benefits of furloughed employees.
  •     Community Human Services Corp. – $50,000 to meet the increased need for meal and food pantry services, particularly at Wood Street Commons.
  •     Community Kitchen Pittsburgh – $50,000 to support costs associated with meal production, and to bridge lost contract revenue.
  •     FamilyLinks, Inc. – $50,000 to provide services for vulnerable clients, including runaway and homeless youth and individuals with mental health disorders.
  •     Gateway Rehabilitation – $50,000 to implement COVID-19 safety measures and provide services to individuals suffering from addiction.
  •     Light of Life Rescue Mission – $50,000 to provide daily meals, toiletries and supplies, and substance abuse recovery support.
  •     North Hills Community Outreach – $50,000 to meet the increased demand for food supports, emergency household assistance, internet connectivity and personal protective equipment for staff.
  •     Pathways of Southwestern Pennsylvania – $50,000 to implement COVID-19 safety measures and to provide services to adults with intellectual disabilities and autism.
  •     Washington Area Humane Society – $50,000 to pay critical staff, feed dogs and cats, cover fixed operating costs and support a special COVID-19 decontamination facility for displaced pets.
  •     Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh – $50,000 toward increased operational costs for the shelter, including hazard pay for front-line staff, higher costs related to the frequency of cleaning, and hotel space for residents who are immunocompromised or need quarantine outside of the shelter.
  •     Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh – $25,000 to maintain operations of the Pittsburgh Holocaust Center and to support the Jewish community.
  •     Northside Industrial Development Company – $25,000 to support minority- and women-owned businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Richard King Mellon Foundation is the largest foundation in Pittsburgh. For more on its COVID-19 response, see the full list here

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