Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation — which is a part of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — have collaborated to implement this year’s Mini Grants Initiative: Systemic Inequities in the COVID-19 Era.
“Each organization has committed $25,000 to create a $50,000 pool to fund projects that increase the civic engagement of diverse and immigrant communities,” according to a press release. “This fund will promote diverse communities in the Pittsburgh region.”
The mission of the Federation’s Urban Affairs Foundation, said Larry Lebowitz, chair of the Community Relations Council, “is ‘to foster amicable relationships among ethnic, racial, national, religious and other groups in our community.’ We view this partnership with Vibrant Pittsburgh as a way to support diverse communities and their contributions to the vitality of the region.”
Sabrina Saunders Mosby, president and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, praised the collaboration.
“Building a more diverse and inclusive region is challenging work, but we don’t have to do it alone, she said. “In order to harness lasting change, we work in collaboration with inclusion partners like the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. I’m confident in the impact of our joint efforts to build a more just and equitable region because we are investing directly into communities in order to yield greater results.”
Funding through the initiative will be available to applicants selected through a proposal process. Projects eligible for funding should “create opportunities for civic engagement that result in a more inclusive and engaged multicultural region,” and be collaborative. The typical range of a grant award is $500-$7,500.
Grant application materials will be available starting April 15, and should be submitted electronically to the Federation by June 11. More information is available at jewishpgh.org/mini-grants-initiative. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick