24 neighborhood nonprofits share in $341K ‘Small and Mighty’ grants
The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-Op plans to spend a $15,000 infusion on expanding a neighborhood nutrition program and planning a co-op grocery store and farmers market in Homestead.
Raising Achievement in Monroeville and Pitcairn, a volunteer-led organization known as RAMP, plans to offer $1,000 stipends to 15 teachers who provide one-on-one tutoring to students in the Gateway School District.
Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry plans to spend a $6,760 boost on a new support group for single moms and help with family meals and child care in Bellevue.
The charitable groups are among 24 nonprofits serving Allegheny County that will share in a newly announced round of grants totaling $341,000 through The Pittsburgh Foundation’s “Small and Mighty” program — a funding mechanism available to small to mid-sized nonprofits that demonstrate community-impact bang for their charitable buck.
Small grants, big impact
To qualify, nonprofits must have annual budgets of $600,000 or less and serve residents in economically disadvantaged communities, with an emphasis on youths and young adults, single women raising children and racial and ethnic groups disproportionately affected by poverty.
“Each Small and Mighty grantee has a track record for being savvy and innovative in developing opportunities for those most in need of access to Pittsburgh’s revitalized economy,” The Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO Maxwell King said in a statement.
Eighty percent of Small and Mighty grant recipients help with basic needs, such as food, housing, education, child care and health care, foundation officials said. Sixty-three percent are minority-led.
Kitchen of Grace Inc., based in the Marshall-Shadeland section of Pittsburgh’s North Side, won a $15,000 grant to recruit instructors and expand efforts to provide food and hospitality workforce skills to at-risk youths and young adults, ages 16 to 20.
The grant program is a piece to the foundation’s broader “100 Percent Pittsburgh” initiative, which seeks to ensure Western Pennsylvanians of all incomes and neighborhoods share in the region’s revitalization. The initiative kicked off in 2016 by focusing on improving the lives, education and housing situations of children and single women raising families.
The foundation’s Small and Mighty grant program has disbursed nearly $900,000 in grants since its inaugural funding round in 2016.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.
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