Regional Economic Development

Strengthening All Facets of Southwestern Pennsylvania

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Among the grants and program-related investments the Foundation awarded in 2017 are several that support initiatives that create jobs, transform sites for new uses, promote tourism, preserve the region’s history, and encourage new business development. 

Pittsburgh and the region have a rich history of making products for the world. Building upon those traditions, the Foundation’s regional economic development priorities are now focused on opportunities in advanced and additive manufacturing, robotics, and the economics of growth in rural and urban communities. Recognizing that a region’s economy cannot truly be successful unless all communities participate, the Foundation will also collaborate and invest in several underserved communities to support affordable housing, business infrastructure, workforce training, and entrepreneurship programs designed to help residents gain access to the new economy.

2017
$40,143,600
Grants and PRIs Approved
63
Total Grants and PRIs

2018 Grantees

Regional Economic Development

Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania

toward support of operations

2018
$23,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

African American Cultural Center

toward programming for the August Wilson Center

2018
$750,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

ALMONO, LP

a program-related investment made toward support of operations

2018
$1,190,565
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

The Clemente Collection at Engine House 25

toward two-year support of museum operations

2018
$400,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Community Theater Project Corporation

toward support of operations

2018
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

The Mountain Playhouse, Inc.

toward support of operations and a feasibility study for the 80th anniversary capital campaign

2018
$245,000
Jennerstown, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Inc.

toward a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Dance Theatre of Harlem to perform at the August Wilson Center

2018
$100,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

toward production of August Wilson's "King Hedley II" to take place at the childhood home of August Wilson

2018
$25,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Trust for Cultural Resources

toward support of the 2018 Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts

2018
$150,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

to purchase equipment to improve the auditory experience for visitors

2018
$15,000
Loretto, PA

Regional Economic Development

Touchstone Center for Crafts

to install fiber optic technology

2018
$65,000
Farmington, PA

Regional Economic Development

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

toward construction of a new park at the intersection of the Larimer and East Liberty neighborhoods with the use of green infrastructure to reduce storm flows

2018
$650,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

African American Cultural Center

toward support of operations

2018
$600,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association

toward two-year support of the restoration and preservation of Allegheny Cemetery

2018
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Carnegie Free Library

toward capital improvements to parking and storage, and installation of an ADA-compliant restroom

2018
$200,000
Connellsville, PA

Regional Economic Development

Forward Cities

toward membership in the Forward Cities network and Community Innovation Accelerators to help advance local inclusive innovation efforts

2018
$230,000
Cleveland, OH

Regional Economic Development

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

toward exhibit development

2018
$375,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Community Foundation of Greater Johnstown

toward a joint grantmaking program with the Richard King Mellon Foundation

2018
$450,000
Johnstown, PA

Regional Economic Development

Delmont Public Library, Inc.

toward the construction of a new library and community center

2018
$400,000
Delmont, PA

Regional Economic Development

East Liberty Development Incorporated

toward two-year support of operations to complete the East Liberty Community Plan

2018
$500,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Fort Ligonier Association

toward two-year support of operations

2018
$500,000
Ligonier, PA

Regional Economic Development

Fort Ligonier Days

toward support of operations and Fort Ligonier Days

2018
$45,000
Ligonier, PA

Regional Economic Development

Friends of the Riverfront

toward support of operations pertaining to the recruitment and deployment of volunteers to provide clean, safe, and well-cared for land and water trails

2018
$50,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Green Building Alliance

toward support of operations and programs, as well as options to fund one-time furniture replacement, website redevelopment, and continuation of the Pittsburgh Green Story

2018
$475,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Grow Pittsburgh

toward support of operations to expand work in Homewood and to complete a feasibility study for a new greenhouse

2018
$143,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Hazelwood Initiative, Inc.

toward two-year support to purchase and renovate commercial properties in the Hazelwood Business District, and acquire residential properties

2018
$3,100,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund

toward two-year support of the restoration and preservation of the Homewood Cemetery

2018
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

National Aviary Pittsburgh, Inc.

toward two-year support to construct a building to house events and programming, and a strategic plan focused on developing resources for conservation efforts

2018
$1,075,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts

toward support of operations and programs

2018
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Operation Better Block, Inc.

toward support of operations, capital projects at the James Givner building, and residential rehab projects

2018
$675,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Inc.

toward support of operations and capital improvements

2018
$300,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Regional Economic Development

RIDC Southwestern Pennsylvania Growth Fund

toward support of a solar array to provide energy for the Mill 19 building in Hazelwood Green

2018
$5,100,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Riverlife

toward six-month support of operations and to recruit a new CEO

2018
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Scenic Pittsburgh

toward support of operations and programs to protect, preserve, and promote southwestern Pennsylvania's scenic resources

2018
$120,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County

toward two-year support of operations and capacity building

2018
$85,000
Greensburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

Thrill Mill, Inc. d/b/a Ascender

toward 18-month support of operations for the One America Pittsburgh/Ascender pilot program to attract company expansion to Pittsburgh

2018
$350,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

The Union Project

to build a new kiln shelter to improve capacity so Union Project artists can explore projects with Bridgeway Capital's Craft Business Accelerator

2018
$350,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Regional Economic Development

Washington Area Humane Society

toward construction of a new 10,000 square foot facility

2018
$350,000
Eighty Four, PA

Regional Economic Development

Westmoreland Cultural Trust

to build out four apartments on the third floor of the Palace Theatre Apartments

2018
$250,000
Greensburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

Westmoreland Museum of Art

toward two-year support of operations and in recognition of Judy O'Toole's 25 years of service

2018
$1,000,000
Greensburg, PA

Regional Economic Development

Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group

toward support of community leaders and advocates to attend Rail~Volution 2018 and learn and incorporate state-of-the-art tools to create livable communities through transit

2018
$10,000
Pittsburgh, PA

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