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Mini Grants Initiative for Diverse Community Groups

Grants to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations to Promote Diversity Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Vibrant Pittsburgh (VP) and Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh - Community Relations Council - Urban Affairs Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/11/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $7,500 to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio nonprofit community organizations in eligible locations for activities that address racial inequity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to support projects that promote inclusion and engagement of diverse populations throughout the region. Funds must serve nonprofits in the Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton Combined Statistical Area.

Mini Grants Initiative for Diverse Community Groups:

Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation of the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh are working together to implement this year’s Mini Grants Initiative: Systemic Inequities in the COVID-19 Era. In 2020 and into 2021, the Pittsburgh region has faced both the COVID-19 pandemic and has confronted longtime and systemic racism and violence against Black Americans. Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation welcome proposals that address the impacts of the pandemic and/or systemic inequities in the greater Pittsburgh region. 

This fund will promote diverse communities and create a more diverse and inclusive Pittsburgh region.  Both Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh have committed funding for projects that address the impacts of the pandemic on marginalized groups and/or systemic inequities in the greater Pittsburgh region. 

Funding requests will be considered for both new and continuing initiatives. Proposed initiatives should do one or more of the following:  

  • Create opportunities for community engagement that result in a more inclusive, multicultural region, where diverse communities are valued, respected, visible and heard; 
  • Engage members of diverse communities in efforts that benefit their own community and/or the community at large; 
  • Reach out to the community-at-large to grow the awareness and engagement with diverse communities; 
  • Be collaborative in nature by engaging diverse communities, organizations (non-profit, business, academic) and/or other community partners. 

Innovative ideas and quirky solutions are welcome. Applicants may focus their proposals on a specific community, constituency, or demographic group, or focus on a broader cross-section of constituencies. These are small grants; applicants should therefore consider solutions that are low-cost but still contribute to the impact or reach of their idea. Collaborations are encouraged. 

Past Vibrant Pittsburgh Mini Grants have funded health and human services, housing, education, mentoring, professional networking, social support, welcoming initiatives, and job-connection programs for refugees and immigrants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150044

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$50,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The typical range of a grant award is $500-$7,500.

Term of Contract:

The term of proposed projects should be one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

 Lead organizations should be a community group, or otherwise represent a diverse community in the region. Lead organizations must maintain a physical presence in the Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton Combined Statistical Area (see the map in Grant Coverage Areas below) and have 501(c)3 non-profit status.

The majority of funding will be directed to organizations with an annual budget below $1 million. 

If an organization does not have 501(c)3 status, a partner willing to serve as a fiscal sponsor is acceptable.

Organizations can partner with other nonprofits, academic institutions, religious organizations, community groups, businesses and employee resource groups.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed grant applications are due by Friday, June 11th , 2021.

Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation will announce Mini Grant awardees in August 2021.

Successful applications will receive funding by the end of August 2021.

Past Mini Grants funding recipients are encouraged to apply.

For further information about the grant program: http://vibrantpittsburgh.org/Module/Resource/MiniGrantsDetail/MiniGrantsInitiativeforDiverseCommunityGroups?id=45#gsc.tab=0

Mini Grants Initiative Request for Proposals: https://jewishpgh.org/mini-grants-initiative/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the online portal: https://grantmakingportal.smapply.org/

For questions, please contact the Jewish Federation at grants@jfedpgh.org or 412.992.5243.

For additional grant information, contact:
Shelly Parver
Assistant Planning Director
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
(412) 992-5207
sparver@jfedpgh.org

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-681-8000

Vibrant Pittsburgh
Convention Tower
960 Penn Avenue, Suite 402
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
info@vibrantpittsburgh.org
(412) 281-8600

Grant Coverage Areas:

For a map of the Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton Combined Statistical Area, see: https://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/econ/ec2012/csa/EC2012_330M200US430M.pdf

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