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Agencies receive $1.62 million in CARES funds grants for pandemic relief

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – A total of 28 nonprofits in Allegheny County that have been providing critical needs during the COVID-19 pandemic to people of color, immigrants, refugees and the LGBTQ community, will receive $1.62 million in grants made available through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The funding was announced Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Foundation, a Downtown philanthropy that the county selected to oversee the grantmaking process.

The grants range from $1,200 to the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh for additional space to store and distribute personal protective equipment and fresh food supplies, to $100,000 apiece to 1 Hood Media Academy, South Hills Interfaith Movement and United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh.

1 Hood’s grant will be used for online programs through which the Black community can seek physical and mental health supports.

South Hills Interfaith Movement’s grant will help a youth mentoring assistant provide language and other supports to 90 elementary, middle school and high school students who are refugees and immigrants.

United Somali Bantu will use its grant to help refugees with unemployment challenges and other pandemic assistance.

Of 83 nonprofits invited to apply for the funds, 28 applied and all received grants, the foundation said.

“We are grateful to the Pittsburgh Foundation for helping us to rapidly distribute these funds, allowing us to quickly get support to underserved groups in Allegheny County,” said Erin Dalton, a deputy director in the county’s Department of Human Services.

Poise Foundation, a Black-led philanthropy based Downtown, reviewed proposals and recommended awards along with the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Other agencies that received funding were:

1Nation, $58,000; A. Philip Randolph Institute – Pittsburgh Chapter, $43,800; Casa San Jose, $28,400; Circles Greater Pittsburgh, $42,200; Community Empowerment Association, $36,400; Coraopolis Youth Creation, $44,100; Greater Valley Community Services, $42,400; Healthy Village Learning Institute, $65,400; and Hello Neighbor, $94,000.

Hosanna House, $28,800; Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation, $97,900; Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh, $25,000; Kingsley Association, $25,000; Kitchen of Grace, $69,500; Latino Community Center, $20,500; Melting Pot Ministries, $51,600; Nabhi Christian Ministries, $92,800; NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive), $50,100; New Voices for Reproductive Justice, $85,000; Persad Center Inc., $98,000; Project Destiny, $98,200; Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, $48,100; When She Thrives, $21,200; and Youth Enrichment Services, $52,600.

South Hills Interfaith Movement’s grant will help a youth mentoring assistant provide language and other supports to 90 elementary, middle school and high school students who are refugees and immigrants.

United Somali Bantu will use its grant to help refugees with unemployment challenges and other pandemic assistance.

Of 83 nonprofits invited to apply for the funds, 28 applied and all received grants, the foundation said.

“We are grateful to the Pittsburgh Foundation for helping us to rapidly distribute these funds, allowing us to quickly get support to underserved groups in Allegheny County,” said Erin Dalton, a deputy director in the county’s Department of Human Services.

Poise Foundation, a Black-led philanthropy based Downtown, reviewed proposals and recommended awards along with the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Other agencies that received funding were:

1Nation, $58,000; A. Philip Randolph Institute – Pittsburgh Chapter, $43,800; Casa San Jose, $28,400; Circles Greater Pittsburgh, $42,200; Community Empowerment Association, $36,400; Coraopolis Youth Creation, $44,100; Greater Valley Community Services, $42,400; Healthy Village Learning Institute, $65,400; and Hello Neighbor, $94,000.

Hosanna House, $28,800; Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation, $97,900; Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh, $25,000; Kingsley Association, $25,000; Kitchen of Grace, $69,500; Latino Community Center, $20,500; Melting Pot Ministries, $51,600; Nabhi Christian Ministries, $92,800; NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive), $50,100; New Voices for Reproductive Justice, $85,000; Persad Center Inc., $98,000; Project Destiny, $98,200; Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, $48,100; When She Thrives, $21,200; and Youth Enrichment Services, $52,600.

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