Regional Economic Development

Innovation and Revitalization in Southwestern Pennsylvania

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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.

2018
$35,005,009
Grants and PRIs Approved
65
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

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