Mini Grants Initiative

Vibrant Pittsburgh (VP) seeks to engage Affinity Groups and support their efforts to grow the diversity of the region’s workforce. Affinity Groups that represent diverse communities are major assets in the region that serve as magnets for attracting more diverse talent. Affinity Groups provide critical support networks to their members and newcomers who connect with them. Because of the role they play, Affinity Groups need to be key partners in Vibrant Pittsburgh’s effort to attract, welcome and retain a diversity of talent.


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NEW! 2014 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund

This year, Vibrant Pittsburgh is partnering with the Urban Affairs Foundation, which is a part of the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — to launch the Mini Grants Initiative: 2014 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund. This Fund will promote diverse communities in the Pittsburgh region and support them in creating opportunities for civic engagement that result in a more inclusive, and engaged multicultural region.

See Grant Application materials below:

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, join us to learn more about the 2014 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund, meet past Mini Grant recipients and community leaders, have your questions answered and connect with organizations interested in working with you to create a more welcoming and inclusive community.

NEW! Vibrant Pittsburgh and Urban Affairs Foundation Announce 2014 Grant Recipients

PITTSBURGH – January 21, 2014 – In the spirit of cooperation and inclusion celebrated yesterday on Martin Luther King Day, Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation, of the Community Relations Council (CRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced the grant recipients for the 2014 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund, a joint venture of the two groups seeking to build and strengthen our region by supporting its diverse communities.

Each organization committed $25,000 to create a $50,000 pool to fund projects that increase civic engagement, improve quality of life and help strengthen our city and region. More than 80 organizations submitted proposals and the 12 funded projects were selected by community leaders.

Grants awarded will provide services to diverse populations encompassing African Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ communities, refugees and new immigrants, individuals with disabilities and faith-based community groups.

Unique collaborations were formed among grant recipients such as Just Harvest, the Latino Family Center, the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP) and One Woman Farm to  increase awareness and expand the diversity of farmers’ market products for the region’s diverse communities. Two student organizations from the University of Pittsburgh, FORGE and Keep It Real, will implement the Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (PRYSE) academy providing academic skill-building and creative expression workshops to the city’s refugee youth. These collaborations illustrate how seemingly different groups can join together to develop innovative and creative ideas for reinforcing how Pittsburgh and Allegheny County is a model region for inclusion and collaboration.

For a full list of grant recipients, read the full Press Release here.