McAuley Ministries awards $480,440

Sunday, January 08, 2017 - Updated: 12:00 pm

McAuley Ministries, Pittsburgh Mercy’s grant-making foundation, recently announced the awarding of 12 grants totaling $480,440 to 11 Pittsburgh-area nonprofit organizations. The grants support affordable housing, after-school programs, health and wellness, community development, education and collaborative funding initiatives in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Uptown and West Oakland neighborhoods.

The grant-making foundation awards approximately $3 million in grants annually. Since 2008, McAuley Ministries has awarded 517 grants totaling more than $20.9 million to nonprofit organizations in support of their work in these communities, as well as ministries that serve in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.

To view a list of grants awarded by year, visit www.mcauleyministries.org.

Grouped by category, the recipients of the grant awards are:

Affordable housing

• Community at Holy Family Manor: $35,000 to Nazareth Housing to make vital home repairs for 7-10 low-income, elderly or disabled homeowners.

After-school programs

• Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: $42,000 to establish a sixth site for "The Labs @ CLP" at the Carnegie Library Hill District branch. The labs provide access to new technology, digital media, specialized equipment and resources that spark, encourage and support curiosity and interests among youth.

• Higher Achievement: $50,000 to operate the Hill District Achievement Center, a college-preparatory, after-school option for middle school students. The center provides three to four years of focus on academics, electives and mentoring.

• Orchestra on the Hill: $40,000 to expand an after-school music program based at St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District and build the organization’s infrastructure.

• United Way: $25,000 for Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time, a partnership of funders, intermediary organizations and out-of-school time providers, dedicated to building quality after-school, weekend and summer programs.

• United Way: $50,000 for the Hill Youth Partnership for Enrichment. HYPE is a grassroots collaborative effort of Hill District youth service providers that focuses on engaging more youth from kindergarten through 12th grade in high-quality after-school and summer programs.

Health and wellness

• 412 Food Rescue: $35,000 for volunteer outreach and food recovery initiatives to connect food that would otherwise go to waste to organizations that serve people at risk for food insecurity.

Community development

• GTECH Strategies: $25,000 to collaborate with the Hill District Consensus Group and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh to engage, equip and empower eight to 10 residents from the Bedford Dwellings and Middle Hill neighborhoods to participate in a targeted education and training program. The residents will reclaim and improve vacant land.

• Hill Community Development Corp.: $36,240 to install an elevator in the MOKA Art Gallery on Centre Avenue in the Hill District.


• Center that C.A.R.E.S.: $10,000 to provide a transportation service for high school students who attend Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12 University Preparatory School but do not qualify for transportation from the Pittsburgh Public School District. The goals are to reduce student absenteeism and tardiness, and demonstrate the need for a modified transportation policy.

Collaborative funding

• Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise: $57,200 to provide executive coaching for a second cohort of 10 nonprofit leaders.

• Pittsburgh Foundation: $75,000, payable over three years, for the Jail Collaborative, a public/private partnership designed to improve prisoner re-entry to the community and, by doing so, reduce recidivism and strengthen families and communities.

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