The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced twenty-six grants totaling $5.5 million in support of democracy, healthy communities, and self-sufficient individuals and families.
More than half the funding — about $2.8 million — will support medical research, including a $240,890 grant to complete funding for the Richard S. Caliguiri Endowed Chair in Amyloidosis and Heart Failure at the University of Pittsburgh. The third-quarter grants also include ten awards totaling $866,000 aligned with 100 Percent Pittsburgh, the foundation's initiative to tackle intergenerational poverty and lack of opportunity among the 30 percent of Pittsburgh residents living at or near the federal poverty level.
Other recipients include Family Links, which was awarded $75,000 for the second year of its Caregivers First initiative, a free service for Allegheny County caregivers age 60 and older; Open Hand Ministries, which will receive $70,000 in support of its efforts to help low- to moderate-income families become homeowners in the opportunity-rich neighborhoods of East Liberty and Garfield; Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Co., which was awarded $50,000 for the world premiere production of Savior Samuel, a play written by Mark Clayton Southers that explores the lives and themes of African Americans in the nineteenth century; and Youth Opportunities Development, which will receive $45,000 in support of an initiative designed by high-school-age youth in Clairton that is aimed at reducing violence, boosting academic achievement, mentoring young students, and discouraging the use of drugs and alcohol.
"Our hope is that the research we fund now will support revolutionary treatments that were unimaginable just a few years ago," said Pittsburgh Foundation president and CEO Maxwell King.
(Photo credit: Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater)