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The Heinz Endowments Grant

Grants to Southwestern Pennsylvania Nonprofits for Arts,
Education, Economy, Health, Environment, and Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Heinz Endowments

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 - for Requests over $50,000; Requests under $50,000 may be submitted at any time.


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Grants of up to $50,000 and grants starting at $50,000 to Southwestern Pennsylvania nonprofits for a wide range of programs and projects that aim to improve the quality of life for local residents. Funding will be provided to nonprofits that develop innovative, transformative, and collaborative strategies to addressing critical issues.

The Foundation has established three priority strategic funding areas: Creativity, Learning, and Sustainability (as outlined further below). These three priorities are purposefully designed to address pressing community need, and to work together in funding programs that may be positioned at the intersections of the strategic areas. At the core of the Endowments’ grantmaking principles is the advancement of a Just Pittsburgh with a steadfast commitment to issues of equity and social justice. A Just Pittsburgh creates a community that is fair, inclusive, and equitable for all.

The Foundation's vision is to help everyone in the community share in the prosperity of the Pittsburgh region as a vibrant, healthy, and creative center of innovation, fairness, and social, economic, and environmental sustainability.


Goal 1. Creative Citizens - Create an environment where Pittsburgh residents, especially children and youth, have access to a creative life.
Goal 2. Creative Organizations and Artists - Ensure that Pittsburgh has a thriving ecology of cultural organizations, artists, and creative professionals who make creativity their life’s work.
Goal 3. Creative Places - Advance design excellence, public art and sustainability to ensure that Pittsburgh’s many neighborhoods and public spaces are beautiful and reflect the culture of residents.

Goal 1. Family and Child Well-Being - supports children as they grow, imagine, and create
Goal 2. Holistic Education - supports child, adolescent, and adult learning from birth through post secondary
Goal 3. Workforce Readiness - connects school and industry to help launch career pathways

Sustainability Goals:
Goal 1. Advance an Inclusive Economy - Improve people's economic position through higher wages, family-sustaining employment, and entrepreneurship.
Goal 2. Clean Economy - Advance a clean economy with renewables, green infrastructure, and energy efficient/climate-friendly solutions.
Goal 3. Equitable Development - Pursue socially just economic opportunity so that distressed neighborhoods thrive without displacing vulnerable residents.
Goal 4. Environment and Health - Restore and protect Pittsburgh’s environmental systems, and enhance its public health.
Goal 5. Food Systems - Promote community health and vitality through sustainable food systems, especially in food deserts.
Goal 6. Military Veterans - Create communities where military veterans and their families are welcomed, valued, and understood.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159037

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals for $50,000 or less may be considered on a rolling basis as interim requests.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation funds organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a) of that code.

Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding.

Regional Focus:

The Heinz Endowments concentrates its efforts and resources in southwestern Pennsylvania. Given its primarily regional focus, the Foundation is generally unable to consider applications for funding for projects outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unless they have been specifically requested by the Foundation.

Pre-Application Information:

General applications deadlines:
- March 1 for the Spring board meeting
- August 1 for the Fall board meeting

Your application MUST be submitted through the online system, not in paper form.

Note: Applicants should verify their organization's status on Guide Star to make sure they are properly listed:

Proposals for $50,000 or less may be considered on a rolling basis as interim requests.


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Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For assistance with the online form:
Cheryl Dabat

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Southwestern Pennsylvania