Funding Priorities

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Regional Focus, National Impact

The Foundation’s current giving priorities primarily serve southwestern Pennsylvania with a program focus on Regional Economic Development and Conservation, along with Education and Human Services and Nonprofit Capacity Building. The Foundation gives first consideration to requests that clearly align with these interests and demonstrates the greatest likelihood of achieving measurable results.

Conservation

Protecting Forests, Watersheds, and Habitats

Conservation

Protecting Forests, Watersheds, and Habitats

In 2018, the Foundation awarded 37 conservation grants totaling more than $47,000,000, of which $38,000,000 was devoted to land conservation. Nearly $3,000,000 of the Foundation’s conservation funding focused on education and promotion, while numerous organizations working to preserve and protect 11 priority landscapes received nearly $2,300,000 in Foundation grants.

Education

Enhancing Education Throughout Greater Pittsburgh

Education

Enhancing Education Throughout Greater Pittsburgh

In 2018, the Mellon Foundation awarded 21 grants totaling $18,576,000 to primary and secondary schools and to colleges and universities. More than $12,000,000 was invested in capital projects, improving programs to attract students from beyond Pittsburgh. Of the $13,100,000 in funds granted to institutions of higher learning, $10,500,000 was awarded to schools in Pittsburgh while $2,600,000 supported regional institutions. More than $4,000,000 was granted to primary and secondary schools: $1,650,000 in Westmoreland County and $2,735,000 in Pittsburgh.




Human Services

Reducing Risks for Children and Adults

Human Services

Reducing Risks for Children and Adults

In 2018, the Foundation made 57 grants totaling more than $26,000,000 to human service initiatives. Six million dollars focused on community health issues, including the opioid epidemic and infant mortality. Other funded initiatives supported basic human needs, education and work readiness programs, residential improvements for low-income and elderly residents, and programs and services that support family stability, children, and young people.

Regional Economic Development

Innovation and Revitalization in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Regional Economic Development

Innovation and Revitalization in Southwestern Pennsylvania

In 2018, the Foundation made 65 grants totaling more than $35,000,000 to endeavors that support and strengthen the region’s economic development. Included in this total were grants of $14,000,000 to facilitate development in Hazelwood and nearly $2,500,000 to enhance business development and revitalization in Homewood and East Liberty. Eight million dollars of funding is increasing diversity and momentum of the arts in Pittsburgh and regionally, and nearly $4,700,000 is improving libraries, stimulating business development, and increasing ecotourism in rural areas.

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Since 1947, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the future of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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