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Mini Grants Initiative for Diverse Community Groups

Grants to USA Community Groups in Multiple States to
Promote Diversity and Community in the Pittsburgh Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants ranging from $500 to $7,500 to community groups in Southwest Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio for programs that help to bridge communication obstacles for people in the Pittsburgh area. Proposals should address issues for those who cannot understand, speak, hear, write, or read English proficiently or fluently

Applicants are encouraged to consider how they can use technology to make the region's resources more accessible to all.

Innovative ideas as well as quirky solutions are welcomed. Applicants may focus their language access proposals on a specific community, constituency, language, or demographic group, or focus on a broader cross-section of constituencies. These are small grants; therefore, please consider solutions that are low-cost but still contribute to the impact or reach of your language access idea. Collaborations with technology firms or STEM organizations are encouraged.

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.

Funding requests for both new and continuing initiatives will be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150044

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $500 to $7,500. Past Mini Grants funding recipients are encouraged to apply.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Lead organizations should be a community group, or otherwise represent a diverse community in the region.

The Greater Pittsburgh Region corresponds to the Power of 32 Region (P32), including counties in Southwest
Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Ohio. For a list, see

Lead organizations must maintain a physical presence in the Power of 32 Region and have 501(c)3 non-profit status.

If an organization does not have 501(c)3 status, a partner willing to serve as a fiscal sponsor is acceptable. The majority of funding will be directed to organizations with an annual budget below $1 million.

Past Mini Grants funding recipients are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Submissions: 5 pm EDT on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Successful applications will receive funding by the end of November 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Emily Bernstein

Vibrant Pittsburgh
707 Grant Street , Suite 2305
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania