Grants Program

The Foundation's grants are assigned to one of four program areas (Education, Human Services, Humanities or Civic), but often the grants overlap disciplines. For a listing of the Foundation's grants by year, please visit the left-hand column of this page to conduct a search. To see a list of grants in each area for the previous year, please view the Foundation's Annual Report which can be found on the Financials page of this website.

Education
Grants in the Education Program promote excellence in the institutions of Higher Education, independent Elementary and Secondary Schools, and ancillary education programs (General Education). The Education Program supports capital projects, research and development, financial aid, programming, and endowment to accomplish the following strategic priorities:


Human Services
Grants in the human services program focus on health, social services, and community improvement. The interdisciplinary approach to grantmaking in this program area works with community-based and regional institutions to address pressing community needs by supporting the critical work of existing programs, as well as new initiatives/programs that seek to find and ameliorate the root causes of community distress and disinvestment. The Human Services area supports capital projects, research and development, organizational capacity building, and programming with the following strategic priorities:
  • Transfer education and research assets into economic opportunities for the region;
  • Leverage public and private dollars for broad-based support of community assets;
  • Promote self-sufficiency of residents;
  • Increase social and economic stability of communities and the region; and,
  • Test and support effective prevention programs. .


Humanities
Grants in the Humanities program focus on Culture, Preservation, and Religion & Values. Cultural investments are made from the vantage point of regional economic development and the perspective that a city is more "livable" with a strong arts and culture sector, and a performance epicenter downtown that attracts patrons and out-of-town visitors. The Humanities area supports capital projects, endowment grants, technology, marketing, planning, and programming for the following strategic priorities:
  • Promote regional historic and cultural assets;
  • Attract new audiences and future generations of residents who appreciate the humanities;
  • Contribute to the economic development of the downtown corridor;
  • Guard the region's history and religious legacy; and,
  • Support Christian education through academic institutions. .


Civic
Grants in the civic program area have a regional focus on new job growth and generating community wealth, support of core community assets, and quality of life. Community development, public amenities, conservation, and overall regional grants are made in this program area. The Civic agenda supports capital projects, research and development, organizational capacity building, and programming with the following strategic priorities:
  • Spur investment in Pittsburgh's urban core and metropolitan area;
  • Leverage public and private dollars for broad-based support of community assets;
  • Revitalize Pittsburgh's neighborhoods by changing blighted market conditions;
  • Support broad based community assets improving the livability of the region; and,
  • Develop a New Economy in Pittsburgh that will return greater prosperity to the region.