The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that McAuley Ministries, Pittsburgh Mercy’s grant-making foundation, on Aug. 20, announced 29 new grants totaling $2,123,190 to support advocacy, health & wellness, community & economic development, education, and capacity building initiatives in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland communities. McAuley Ministries continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by awarding Phase II Emergency Operational Support grants of $260,000 to 13 community partners, so they can continue serving vulnerable populations by providing food, shelter, child care, educational support, and other resources.
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.
Michele Rone Cooper, executive director of McAuley Ministries, noted in the press release that the foundation’s goal was to balance the emergency needs of the community by sustaining those organizations that are providing critical support during the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to invest in initiatives that will have a longer term impact on the health and development of the foundation’s focus neighborhoods.
Grouped by grant-making priorities, some of the recipients of the most recent grants are:
Emergency Response to COVID-19
Acculturation for Justice Access & Peace Outreach (AJAPO): $15,000; ACH Clear Pathways: $25,000; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Inc.: $25,000; Center That CARES: $10,000; Extra Mile Education Foundation, Inc.: $10,000; Friendship Community Presbyterian Church/The Corner: $15,000; Hug Me Tight Childlife Centers: $10,000; Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center: $50,000; Neighborhood Resilience Project: $25,000; Schenley Heights Community Development Program: $10,000; Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship and Veteran’s Home: $25,000; Sister’s Place: $25,000; The Intersection, Inc.: $15,000.
Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP): $50,000, to increase voter engagement, education, overall participation, and turn-out of Pittsburgh’s Black community; Hill District Consensus Group: $100,000, payable over two years, to provide housing justice programs for low- to moderate-income people, helping renters and homeowners navigate public/private resources, legal systems, and supports to prevent homelessness; The POISE Foundation: $10,000, to support the Human Equity and Justice Fund which will provide financial support to organizations and movements that are on the frontlines responding to crises that significantly impact the Black community, or advancing youth-led social change and community-based intergenerational collaborations and programming.
Community & Economic Development
Community At Holy Family Manor, Inc.: $50,000, to provide home repairs for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners; Hill Community Development Corporation: $500,000, for developing a commercial and cultural corridor along Centre Avenue, anchored by New Granada Square, a mixed-use epicenter of office, educational, food, art, and performance space; NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania: $50,000, to support a second mortgage lending program that will make homeownership more attainable to renters in the Hill District and throughout the Pittsburgh region; Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh: $450,000, payable over three years, to provide repairs focused on owner-occupied low-income homeowners living in the Hill District.
Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh: $300,000, payable over three years, to support literacy programs in the Hill District community; The Pittsburgh Promise Foundation: $50,000, payable over two years, to establish “Promise Coaches” at Pittsburgh Milliones University Preparatory School. The coaches will serve all students providing personal career exploration and appropriate interventions to ensure Promise-readiness upon graduation; The Pittsburgh Promise Foundation: $50,000, payable over two years, to establish “Promise Coaches” at Pittsburgh Milliones University Preparatory School. The coaches will serve all students providing personal career exploration and appropriate interventions to ensure Promise-readiness upon graduation.
Citizen Science Lab: $25,000, to help support operations of its outreach programs with the Hill District’s young future scientists; Hill District Consensus Group: $10,000, to support development of a strategic plan for #ArtsInHD aimed at advancing arts and culture in the Hill District; Hill District Consensus Group: $14,780, to support work with the CMU Create Lab team to design an IT solution that will track referrals and outcomes from their housing navigation program; Jubilee Association, Inc.: $25,000, to help bridge the gap between affordability and the cost of doing business created by COVID-19 in order to keep the child development center open and to continue to provide a quality experience for students; Neighborhood Allies: $50,000, supporting Amani Christian Development and Communion™ to complete community planning for Herron Avenue and develop a site plan for the renovation of a building on Herron and Wylie for affordable live/work space; Neighborhood Allies: $150,000, payable over three years, to continue building healthy neighborhoods through investments in financial, human, social, and intellectual capital in under-resourced communities; Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship and Veteran’s Home: $28,410, to provide heavy-duty metal doors with protective, built-in viewfinders and increase the number of security cameras to better protect Veterans, staff, and volunteers from external threats and dangers.
Michele Rone Cooper, Executive Director, McAuley Ministries