The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments has announced grants totaling $6.4 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The grants, which boost the endowments' COVID-related funding to $11.4 million, will support efforts to assist families and individuals in the region experiencing hardship as a result of the virus and to address health safety for medical staff, local workers, and residents. Funding includes eighteen grants totaling $4.5 million plus contingency funding of $1.9 million in support of arts organizations and artists, outreach programs, and services in the city's Hazelwood neighborhood. Grant recipients include Trying Together, which was awarded $600,000 in general operating support and in support of its Emergency Child Care Fund; the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, which will receive $775,000 in support of its efforts to inform public health policies; the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, which was awarded $510,000 in support of its asthma prevention efforts and efforts to advance healthy indoor environments and air-quality monitoring; and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, which will receive $215,000 for programs focused on improving water quality in western Pennsylvania.
"Even as our community continues to respond to urgent needs arising from this crisis, we also must start shaping what comes next as we move to create a more resilient and inclusive future," said Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant. "A crisis like this tests nothing so much as what we truly value, and these grants express a commitment to a community that prizes its creativity, its environment, its potential, and the need shared by all its people for everything from food and shelter to dignity and meaning."
For a complete list of grants, see the Heinz Endowments website.
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