The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments has announced grants totaling $6.7 million to advance equity across southwestern Pennsylvania.
Part of the endowments' three-year, $10 million Restoration Project, grants totaling $2.3 million were awarded in support of local criminal justice reform efforts, including $250,000 to the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender to fund indigent defense, juvenile justice, and public policy advocacy efforts; $175,000 to the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Pennsylvania to build advocacy capacity and advance policies focused on reforming bail and probation procedures; $400,000 to Pennsylvania State University in support of Project Giving Adolescents Meaningful Experiences (Project GAME), a transition-year program that helps prepare students for college or the workforce; and $350,000 to the University of Pittsburgh to analyze disparities in the Allegheny County criminal justice system.
The remaining $4.4 million was awarded in support of efforts to tackle a range of equity-related issues. Awards include $500,000 to the Forbes Funds to help create a thriving regional nonprofit ecosystem, with a focus on equity and inclusion; $400,000 to Locally Grown in support of a business accelerator and community center dedicated to assisting nonprofit organizations and underresourced entrepreneurs; and $250,000 to Casa San Jose for programs aimed at empowering the Latinx community in Pittsburgh, community and youth organizing, and a pilot case management program.
"There is significant evidence that the most impactful work is done by organizations most closely aligned with the communities they serve," said Heinz Endowments chief equity officer Carmen Anderson. "As we acknowledge this, it is important to build partnerships and invest in approaches that support and strengthen these organizations to provide ongoing services and advocacy as they push for social change."
For a complete list of grants, see the Heinz Endowments website.
(Photo credit: Casa San Jose)