M-Powerhouse among 30 organizations receiving grants from McAuley Ministries

The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that McAuley Ministries, Pittsburgh Mercy’s grant-making foundation, announced on Dec. 18 thirty new grants totaling $1,888,230 awarded in the second half of 2019 to support advocacy, capacity building, community and economic development, education, emergency response, and health and wellness initiatives in the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland communities.

The West Oakland-based, grant-making foundation awards approximately $3.5 million in grants annually, making it one of the region’s largest philanthropic foundations.


•Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania: $50,000 for the Census 2020 Philanthropic Fund.


•CH Clear Pathways: $200,000 for this out-of-school time program to develop a site in the Hill District to serve as a permanent location for the program.

TRISHA GADSON, PhD, chief executive officer of Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center Inc.

•Pittsburgh Mercy: Leadership Development: $70,000, payable over two years, to support two pilgrimages to Ireland for 24 Pittsburgh Mercy colleagues to explore the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy and the implications of the Sisters’ legacy for Pittsburgh Mercy. The pilgrims, upon returning from Ireland, will complete service projects inspired by the works of Mercy.

•Macedonia Family And Community Enrichment Center (FACE): $7,580 for transactional expenses related to the transition of senior programming from the Hill House Association to Macedonia FACE.

•Neighborhood Allies: $10,000 for a Hill District based delegation to participate in the Homeboy Industries Network Gathering to learn about initiatives that provide previously incarcerated men and women with training, employment, and support to contribute to the well-being of their families and communities.

•TrueChild: $23,350 to deliver an evidence-based curriculum to out-of-school time providers to break through rigid feminine norms impacting girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.

•Neighborhood Resilience Project: $40,000 to support operations during the re-launch and re-branding of FOCUS Pittsburgh as the Neighborhood Resilience Project.

•Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship and Veteran’s Home: $150,000 for general operating support over three years.


•Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh: $50,000 to support case management for residents of St. Joseph House of Hospitality.

•Hill Community Development Corporation (CDC): $442,500, payable over three years, for a project administrator to facilitate the implementation of the Lower Hill Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan (CCIP).

•Neighborhood Resilience Project: $50,000 to support a Behavioral Health Community Organizer (BHCO) who is responsible for trauma-informed community development.

•Project Love Coalition: $10,000 for a veteran-led project that will provide green space and a learning garden to grow vegetables, fruits, and flowers on two vacant lots in the Hill District.

•Friendship Community Presbyterian Church: $25,000 to re-establish programming at The Corner, providing engagement and cultural enrichment for neighbors living in West Oakland.

•HackPGH: $5,000 to provide membership access for residents of the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland to this makerspace located in Uptown.


•Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania: $20,000 to offer girls a curriculum-based journey experience that focuses on healthy living and leadership skills.

•Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh: $30,000 for The African American Achievement Trust, providing middle and high school students at Pittsburgh Milliones University Preparatory School with mentors and graduation coaches to promote life skills.

•Amizade Ltd.: $35,000 to support global travel for a cohort of 10 Hill District students.

•The Citizen Science Lab: $50,000 to continue the SeaPerch project, establishing teams of middle and high school students from the Hill District to train for, enter, and compete in the SeaPerch underwater robotic challenge.

•Clean Slate E3: $32,000 to establish a nature-based play area and curriculum for students attending the ABK Early Learning & Development Center located in Bedford Dwellings.

•The Homeless Children’s Education Fund: $25,000 to support Building Blocks, an out-of-school time program at Womanspace East, and the Teen Outreach Program at Pittsburgh Milliones University Preparatory School.

•M-Powerhouse: $26,000 to introduce 20 African American high school girls to nontraditional careers using drone technology and to prepare them for the drone certification exam.

•Neighborhood Learning Alliance: $50,000, payable over two years, to support the out-of-school program at the Thelma Lovette YMCA, serving students from Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5.

•Strong Women, Strong Girls: $25,000 to continue to provide out-of-school time enrichment and mentoring to 45 girls at four program sites in the Hill District.

•United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania: $50,000 for Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), to build and advocate for quality after-school, weekend, and summer programs.


•Catholic Relief Services: $10,000 to support relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

•Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit: $10,000 for emergency assistance to the victims of the fire at the DeRuad Street apartments.


•Macedonia Family And Community Enrichment Center (FACE): $50,000 to support the transition of senior services from the Hill House Association to Macedonia FACE.

•Pittsburgh Mercy: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Case Managers: $228,000 in bridge funding to support four case managers while reauthorization of CCBHC is pending in Congress.

•Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh: $41,800 to expand the organization’s outreach in the Hill District and provide caring adult mentors to 20 additional children who live in the community and who would benefit from additional academic and social support.

•Neighborhood Resilience Project: $72,000, payable over two years, to deliver six weekend meals to 300 children eligible for the free and reduced lunch program in Hill District schools.

YOUNG LADIES FROM THE M-POWERHOUSE PROGRAM, which gives Pittsburgh-area youth the opportunity to learn S.T.E.A.M. programs and careers. (Photo by Courier photographer J.L. Martello)

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