Regional Economic Development

Improving the Quality of Life For Residents, Workers, and Visitors

In 2019, the Foundation made 66 grants totaling $44,188,078 in support of economic development in southwestern Pennsylvania. More than 25 percent of the funding ($12 million) supported projects related to infrastructure, while 18 percent of the total ($7.9 million) enhanced arts and cultural initiatives in Pittsburgh’s cultural district, and nearly 13 percent of the Foundation’s grantmaking in this area ($5,616,000) supported environmentally sound, sustainable infrastructure projects in the region. The balance of grants focused on community development, arts and culture beyond the cultural district, innovation and manufacturing, rural development, and start-ups and incubators.

2019
$44,188,078
Grants and PRIs Approved
66
Total Grants and PRIs

2020 Grantees

Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

African American Cultural Center

toward support of operations and programming for 2020

2020
$1,350,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$25,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Allegheny College

to research and develop recommendations for economic revitalization measures to benefit college communities in western Pennsylvania

2020
$56,000
Meadville, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

ALMONO, LP

a program-related investment toward support of capital projects

2020
$1,352,506
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

ALMONO, LP

a program-related investment toward support of operations

2020
$2,161,419
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

AMD3 Foundation

toward six-month support to build 40 to 100 Negative Pressure Chambers

2020
$5,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Association of Science-Technology Centers

toward support of the New Frontiers in Science, Technology, Learning, and Engagement convening to be held in Pittsburgh in October 2020

2020
$250,000
Washington, DC

Regional Economic Development

Bridgeway Capital

to deploy loans to 40 small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$500,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Carnegie Institute

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$100,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

City Theatre Company, Inc.

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$50,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

East Liberty Development Incorporated

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$75,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

East Liberty Development Incorporated

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$75,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Fort Ligonier Association

toward support of operations

2020
$300,000
Ligonier, PA

Regional Economic Development

The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$25,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Innovation Works, Inc.

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

toward support of operations for The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$25,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

National Aviary Pittsburgh, Inc.

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$100,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Northside Industrial Development Company

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$25,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

PA Cleanways of Allegheny County, Inc.

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$25,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology

to conduct an in-depth AI ecosystem audit for Pittsburgh and a feasibility study of the "AI Triangle" partnership between Pittsburgh, Boston, and Montreal

2020
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

The Progress Fund

toward emergency support for small businesses located in mostly rural communities

2020
$500,000
Greensburg, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

The Progress Fund

toward construction and opening of the New Hazelwood Brewery Redevelopment Project

2020
$1,000,000
Greensburg, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Thrill Mill, Inc. d/b/a Ascender

toward support of operations

2020
$500,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

University of Pittsburgh

to support the LifeX platform for life science commercialization

2020
$1,500,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

University of Pittsburgh

to support an initiative to develop a media production program and career pathways for the entertainment industry

2020
$175,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Venture Outdoors

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$75,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Westmoreland Museum of Art

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$100,000
Greensburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

Civic Light Opera Association

toward support of the SPARK festival established to create new musicals for small theaters

2020
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

The Clemente Collection at Engine House 25

toward support of operations

2020
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Community Foundation of Greater Johnstown

toward support of a joint grantmaking program with the Richard King Mellon Foundation

2020
$450,000
Johnstown, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Forward Cities

toward support of the Pittsburgh Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator

2020
$90,000
Durham, NC

Regional Economic Development

Green Building Alliance

toward support of operations and the Pittsburgh Green Story

2020
$350,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania

toward support of operations

2020
$500,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts

toward support of operations

2020
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Operation Better Block, Inc.

toward support of operations

2020
$300,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Inc.

toward support of operations

2020
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Trust for Cultural Resources

toward purchase of property and support of operations

2020
$1,550,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

RoBotany Ltd.

a program-related investment toward the scaling of food production in Braddock and job creation

2020
$500,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Westmoreland Museum of Art

toward support of operations

2020
$500,000
Greensburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

Bloomfield Development Corporation

toward support of a multi-neighborhood effort to support small businesses and maintain vibrant commercial districts in Pittsburgh's east end

2020
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Carnegie Institute

to develop a digital platform for the Warhol Museum and explore collaboration through the Carnegie Institute and regional museum ecosystems

2020
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Community Theater Project Corporation d/b/a Kelly Strayhorn Theater

to create a promotional partnership leveraging audiences as patrons of hospitality businesses, catering to nightlife clientele in East End neighborhoods

2020
$50,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland

to fund disaster loans for small businesses in Greensburg, Latrobe, and Ligonier

2020
$250,000
Greensburg, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Frick Art & Historical Center

to develop livestream personalized museum tour technology through a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University

2020
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Friends of the Riverfront

toward a joint program to employ displaced workers to train and lead a legion of volunteers in clean-up and restoration efforts

2020
$125,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

toward support of a joint communications and marketing campaign to be used by arts organizations during reopening post COVID-19

2020
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Hazelwood Initiative, Inc.

to address an increase in unemployment and market challenges in Hazelwood for small businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$125,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

National Road Heritage Corridor

to implement COVID-19 best practices, and educate the public and provide engaging cultural experiences

2020
$50,000
Uniontown, PA

Regional Economic Development

Northside Industrial Development Company

to assist minority- and women-owned businesses as they adapt and pivot in response to the pandemic

2020
$175,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Oakland Business Improvement District

toward a gift card incentive program and Shop Safe Business Recovery program for businesses in Oakland

2020
$75,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Inc.

toward the purchase of a mobile performing arts unit to be shared by the seven Cultural District performing arts organizations

2020
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

to support planning and implementation of infrastructure improvements to ensure Downtown and Oakland can reopen safely

2020
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

The Pittsburgh Public Theater Corporation

toward launch of digital programming designed to reach socially isolated senior audiences

2020
$125,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Sustainable Pittsburgh

to stabilize and catalyze the recovery of the regional food system

2020
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Bridgeway Capital

to support small businesses in hiring employees to assist in the manufacturing of personal protective equipment for COVID-19

2020
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Bloomfield Development Corporation

toward support of a multi-neighborhood effort to support small businesses and maintain the vibrant commercial districts in Pittsburgh's east end

2020
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Bridgeway Capital

to support small businesses in hiring employees to assist in the manufacturing of personal protective equipment for COVID-19

2020
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Carnegie Institute

to develop a digital platform for the Warhol museum and explore collaboration through the Carnegie Institute and regional museum ecosystem

2020
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Catalyst Connection

to support business continuity planning for small and medium sized manufacturers and provide internships for regional graduate students

2020
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

to facilitate capacity building programming tailored to the needs of small arts organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$125,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

City Theatre Company, Inc.

to develop a drive-in live theater venue in Hazelwood Green

2020
$50,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Community Theater Project Corporation d/b/a Kelly Strayhorn Theater

to create a promotional partnership leveraging audiences as patrons of hospitality businesses, catering to nightlife clientele in East End neighborhoods

2020
$50,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Greensburg Community Development Corporation

to support the Jump Start Main Street program

2020
$150,000
Greensburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

Locally Grown

to develop a COVID-19 responsive business support program to stabilize small businesses and catalyze pivot strategies

2020
$175,000
Wilkinsburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc.

to plan and implement a marketing strategy focused on disseminating public health safety measures at Heinz Hall

2020
$100,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise

toward collaborative efforts with The Bayer Center to increase understanding and skill of participating organizations interested in a variety of organizational partnering

2020
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Quantum Theatre

to partner with small businesses in two neighborhoods connected to Quantum's 30th Anniversary season, guaranteeing financial support from patrons

2020
$100,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Riverlife

to establish Pittsburgh Creative Corps, a mobilization of creative workers commissioned to fabricate public art and create civic engagement programs throughout Pittsburgh and river-adjacent spaces

2020
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Westmoreland Cultural Trust

to implement a marketing/communications plan in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to keep the community engaged and help jump-start the economy

2020
$200,000
Greensburg, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Westmoreland Museum of Art

to develop a virtual fieldtrip program serving K-12 students and teachers

2020
$100,000
Greensburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Trust for Cultural Resources

to develop a series of articles about arts and culture in the region

2020
$14,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Zoological Society of Pittsburgh

toward support of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020
$350,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

African American Cultural Center

to develop a residency program, provide capacity support to local art organizations, and develop a national collaborative of organizations presenting Black artists

2020
$350,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Allegheny Conference on Community Development

toward support of operations to enhance the economic vitality of the Pittsburgh region

2020
$506,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Allegheny County Airport Authority

to launch an economic development initiative focusing on advanced and additive manufacturing

2020
$1,000,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Carnegie Mellon University

to fit out Mill 19 research facilities to support industrial and government collaborations in advanced metals manufacturing research

2020
$2,500,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Daisy Wilson Artist Community, Inc.

to close the gap between the total capital project cost and funds available, allowing construction to commence

2020
$350,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Handmade Arcade

to launch a virtual marketplace and e-commerce curriculum to train creative entrepreneurs

2020
$110,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

The Mattress Factory, Ltd.

toward support of operations

2020
$100,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Omicelo Cares Inc.

to address the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Black and minority workers and business owners

2020
$175,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

to complete the Mellon Park comprehensive plan to address history, use, and ecology while achieving community priorities to activate the park

2020
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

toward a training program to expand the skills of theater professionals, leading to better employment with a focus on the Black community

2020
$137,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

The Poise Foundation

toward support of the Community Wealth Impact Notes program to help community residents in changing neighborhoods, and others, grow income, increase investment acumen, and directly benefit from increases in property value

2020
$400,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

RIDC Southwestern Pennsylvania Growth Fund

to conduct an economic analysis of the growing Autonomous Vehicle sector in southwestern Pennsylvania to understand its current and potential future contributions to the region

2020
$300,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Westmoreland Human Opportunities, Inc.

toward support of Welcome Everyone Westmoreland

2020
$75,000
Greensburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra

to develop increased capacity through accessible and engaging popular programming, while exploring non-traditional models of implementation and programming/operations

2020
$35,000
Greensburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

WQED Multimedia

to advance cultural equity through innovative strategies focused on culturally specific art and education that informs, inspires, and impacts community awareness and societal change

2020
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA

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