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Summer Youth Philanthropy

Grants to Western Pennsylvania Nonprofits and
Agencies to Educate and Empower Underserved Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Heinz Endowments

Deadline Date:

07/28/17 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and agencies in eligible areas for a wide range of activities to assist and empower underserved youth. Funding areas include food and nutrition, juvenile justice, collaborative music education, and civic education and leadership.

Funding categories include:

Cooking Up Community

Funding is intended for programs that focus on food literacy, nutrition education, and cooking skills for youth in distressed neighborhoods. Program goals include:
- Increase awareness of healthy eating, nutrition and food preparation.
- Develop an essential life skill through cooking.
- Introduce youth to general nutrition for holistic health and lifestyle.
- Engage youth in low-income neighborhoods.
- Build youth confidence and self-efficacy.

Filling a Seat at the Table

Funding is intended for a youth-organizing program seeking to accomplish the following goals:
- Serves young women and/or gender non-conforming youth of color, particularly in grades 6-12.
- Focuses on educational justice, reproductive justice, or juvenile justice system reforms.
- Led by adults who prioritize the holistic well-being of youth, and form genuine relationships with youth.
- Provides diverse learning experiences.
- Provides an open space where students can share their perspectives and participate in activities that positively impact their community.
- Is free for all participants.

Music, Education, and Pittsburgh

Funding is intended to promote youth music education in Allegheny County, enabling local youth work together and perform. Proposals should not only focus on a traditional music programs involving a single, student-teacher dynamic, but rather, youth should be encouraged to collaborate with each other in a music group. Proposals should focus on capacity building and expansion projects.

This program should engage youth in communities in Allegheny County to:
1. Learn about music, music composition, and other instrumental technicalities.
2. Learn about music production and the technology behind music performances.
3. Incorporate creativity and passion into their music compositions.
4. Provide different forms of music expression.
5. Connect with youth from different communities.
6. Encourage teamwork in music performances and creation.

VOICE: Vehicle for Outreach in Civic Education

Funding is intended to develop a robust civic education program that will mobilize youth in underserved communities. Grants will support first-phase program development, including but not limited to planning logistics, creating curriculum, and piloting different aspects of the program. Youth should have an active role in all aspects of planning and implementation.

- While all youth-serving organizations in Pittsburgh are encouraged to apply, Homewood, Hazelwood and the Hill District are priority neighborhoods for the program’s location.
- Partnerships between organizations to execute this program are encouraged.

Program Goals:
1. Participants learn about local, state and national policies that impact their communities.
2. Students engage in activities to cultivate leadership skills.
3. Youth help build community relationships among local organizations, schools, community leaders and elected officials.
4. The program addresses issues in communities that local youth have identified as problem areas.
5. Ultimately, students should gain civic tools and leadership skills which enable them to be "community ambassadors” who advocate on behalf of their families, schools, and communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159722

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Cooking Up Community – $25,000
Filling a Seat at the Table – $25,000
Music, Education, and Pittsburgh – up to $25,000
VOICE: Vehicle for Outreach in Civic Education – up to $25,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit or government organizations in Western Pennsylvania that are classified as tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible.

While all proposals will be considered, applications from youth-serving organizations that support youth from low-income communities are encouraged.

Music education applications must be submitted by organizations in Allegheny County.

While all youth-serving organizations in Pittsburgh are encouraged to apply for the VOICE grant category, Homewood, Hazelwood, and the Hill District are priority neighborhoods for the program’s location.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due Friday, July 28, 2017, by 5:00 PM.

First, answer the application questions attached below relevant to the funding category for which you are applying. Then, apply online and upload the document with your answers.

Contact Information:

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

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Contact Information by Funding Category:

- Cooking up Community: Delajah Dennis -
- Filling a Seat at the Tabe: Ahmari Anthony -
- Music Education: Katie Davenport -
- VOICE: Maya AlMoussa -

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Western Pennsylvania