Funding Priorities

The following grantmaking objectives and funding priorities were approved by the Trustees in April 2016 for the five-year period ending December 31, 2021.

Southwestern Pennsylvania

Regional Economic Development

  • Strengthen the capacity of arts organizations to attract visitors to the region and improve quality of life
  • Improve housing, crime and safety, and economic opportunities in distressed communities
  • Support development and improvement of regional infrastructure
  • Cultivate and support the link between innovation and manufacturing
  • Increase economic opportunities in rural communities
  • Enhance Pittsburgh’s national reputation as a destination city for creating, attracting, and retaining start-up companies and entrepreneurial talent


  • Improve capacity of educational and workforce programs via community-based organizations
  • Improve infrastructure of higher education institutions and educational and workforce programs
  • Improve institutional infrastructure and educational outcomes for children in grades K-12

Human Services

  • Invest in programs designed to achieve holistic and broadscale outcomes
  • Capitalize on innovations by the Department of Human Services and others to serve at-risk children and foster youth, and improve early childcare quality
  • Support efforts by hospitals, health centers, and public agencies to develop innovative means to reduce chronic diseases and obesity; explore interventions for community-wide epidemics; and support the community’s efforts to reduce the growing violence problems
  • Encourage and improve alignment of workforce training programs with market demand

Western Pennsylvania