Funding Programs

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Regional Focus, National Impact

We strive to improve the competitive position of the region; strengthen the vitality of southwestern Pennsylvania, particularly the City of Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods; and protect important habitats and natural amenities in western Pennsylvania and other key landscapes. Our 2021-2030 strategy accomplishes this mission through six funding programs.

Economic Development

A region that is an engine for economic growth and vitality by investing in the ingenuity and creativity of its population, enhancing individuals’ economic prosperity, and strengthening our sense of community.

Economic Mobility

All children and youth living in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties will be able to access their most promising future. We invest in pathways to opportunity for vulnerable children and youth to overcome the obstacles to achieving economic mobility.

Health & Well-Being

Everyone in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, particularly the most vulnerable, has the opportunity to live a healthy life.


Wildlife flourishes and people thrive in those once-imperiled habitats, through strategic land protection, stewardship, and activation, and sustainable economic development that deploys renewable energy and new technologies that foster livable communities and healthy natural systems.

Organizational Effectiveness

Our partners will have the organizational strength and agility to pursue big ideas and take risks in service of accelerating achievement of their strategic priorities.

Social-Impact Investments

The Foundation's social-impact investing enables mission-driven for-profit companies to secure the risk capital, networks, and resources they need to develop products, deploy services and address societal issues at the individual and community level.


Regional COVID-19 Recovery

COVID-19 required all of us to adapt. So the Richard King Mellon Foundation quickly pivoted from its original Strategic Plan and awarded more than $33 million in 2020 to address COVID and its consequences.

Our support for regional COVID recovery will continue as part of our 2021-2030 Strategic Plan.

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

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