Photo courtesy of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

The Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded $3.15 million in emergency support grants, as part of its $15 million effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Western Pennsylvania.

“Our nonprofit partners have been hit hard by COVID-19,” said Richard King Mellon Foundation Director Sam Reiman. “It is essential we help them to continue their important work at this difficult time.”

The grants are designed to focus on three things: healthcare innovation and technology, economic development to support recovery and prevent job losses, and emergency operating support.

The third focus — $3.15 million in emergency operating support — was announced today. Forty-four area nonprofits will receive funding. They include:

●      Allegheny Health Network – $250,000 to procure supplies including ventilators and personal protective equipment for staff and patients.
●      Saint Vincent College – $250,000 to bridge the funding gap to maintain core operations and seek longer-term recovery support from government sources.
●      Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank – $200,000 to provide additional meals and related services to people in the region who have lost jobs and are no longer able to afford food.
●      Innovation Works – $150,000 to invest in and provide strategic support to regional startups impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
●      Carnegie Institute – $100,000 to maintain essential staff and cover other fixed operational costs.
●      Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania – $100,000 to provide bridge support as Goodwill seeks federal disaster loan relief and other financial options
●      Holy Family Institute – $100,000 to provide bridge support until larger relief funds are secured.
●      National Aviary – $100,000 to support critical support staff to feed and provide veterinary services to 550 birds and nine primates, and to cover fixed building costs.
●      Poise Foundation – $100,000 to support small- and mid-sized African American-led organizations through the creation of the Critical Community Needs Fund, which targets community-based organizations that serve vulnerable individuals.
●      Seton Hill University – $100,000 to provide scholarships and related services to retain at least 20 pre-med students currently enrolled and being educated by the institution.
●      Washington City Mission – $100,000 to provide food, clothing and safe housing for homeless men, women and children.
●      Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – $100,000 to support critical staff, maintenance and operations at Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece that has seen visitation and earned income disappear due to the COVID-19 crisis.
●      Westmoreland Museum of Art – $100,00 to address a pressing need to replace a failing heating and cooling system, and to support critical staff and other fixed costs associated with its facilities.
●      Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania – $75,000 to underwrite salaries for essential personnel, support maintenance of facilities and cover other fixed costs of operations.
●      East Liberty Development, Inc. – $75,000 to maintain critical administrative staff and to support fixed costs associated with the organization’s equitable housing program in East Liberty.
●      Venture Outdoors – $75,000 to maintain critical staff and to cover fixed costs of operations in order to restart its outdoor activities once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
●      Adagio Health – $50,000 to purchase and implement a new telehealth module with supporting IT equipment for remote access, to acquire personal protective equipment for medical staff, and to underwrite administrative costs of shifting operations.
●      Auberle – $50,000 to support payroll frontline employees, to obtain personal protective equipment and to provide direct financial support for foster parents seeing increased costs as children are home from school.
●      Center of Life – $50,000 to provide daily meals, toiletries and cleaning supplies, internet connectivity and online programming for children in Hazelwood who are under social isolation restrictions.
●      City Theatre Company – $50,000 to maintain core administrative staff, cover fixed building costs and support the health benefits of furloughed employees to ensure a quick restart of programming on the South Side when the pandemic subsides.
●      Community Human Services Corp. – $50,000 to meet the increased need for meal and food pantry services, particularly at Wood Street Commons in Downtown Pittsburgh.
●      Community Kitchen Pittsburgh – $50,000 to support costs associated with meal production, and to bridge lost contract revenue until further relief funding is secured.
●      Familylinks, Inc. – $50,000 to provide services for vulnerable clients, including runaway and homeless youth and individuals with mental health disorders.
●      Focus On Renewal Sto-Rox Neighborhood Corp. – $50,000 to support increased costs associated with the food pantry, senior food program and emergency food distribution.
●      Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest – $50,000 to support reduced operations required to maintain care of the organization’s tree nursery.
●      Gateway Rehabilitation – $50,000 to implement COVID-19 safety measures and provide services to individuals suffering from the disease of addiction.
●      Light of Life Rescue Mission – $50,000 to provide daily meals, toiletries, supplies and substance abuse recovery support.
●      Neighborhood Allies – $50,000 to partner with Aurora, a self-driving car company, the University of Pittsburgh and others to acquire laptops and software, as well as the associated technical expertise, to connect and empower disadvantaged families and 7,000 children in Pittsburgh, which will allow them to participate remotely in school activities and related events.
●      North Hills Community Outreach – $50,000 to meet increased demand for food supports, emergency household assistance and internet connectivity, and to provide personal protective equipment for staff.
●      PathWays of Southwestern Pennsylvania – $50,000 to implement COVID-19 safety measures and to provide services to adults with intellectual disabilities and autism.
●      Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp. – $50,000 to maintain core staff and operations to ensure a return to normal operations once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
●      Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania – $50,000 to respond to increased requests for food and housing assistance for veterans and their families.
●      Washington Area Humane Society – $50,000 to pay critical staff, feed dogs and cats, cover fixed operating costs and support a special COVID-19 decontamination facility for displaced pets.
●      Wesley Family Services – $50,000 to support a portion of staff’s transition to telework and to support foster families with increased needs, including technology and food.
●      Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh – $50,000 toward increased operational costs for the shelter, including hazard pay for frontline staff, higher costs related to the frequency of cleaning, and hotel space for residents who are immunocompromised or need to quarantine outside of the shelter.
●      Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association – $25,000 toward the costs to remain open to the public for remembrance and to provide a safe recreational green space on its 300-acre park.
●      Children’s Home of Pittsburgh – $25,000 to support core staff and building maintenance workers who can restart operations once social restriction orders are lifted.
●      Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund – $25,000 toward costs to remain open to the public for remembrance and to provide a safe recreational green space on its 200-acre park.
●      Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh – $25,000 to maintain operations of the Pittsburgh Holocaust Center and to support the Jewish community of the greater Pittsburgh area.
●      Ligonier Valley Learning Center – $25,000 to maintain operations of its state-subsidized Pre-K child care and toddler and infant care during the COVID-19 crisis.
●      Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center – $25,000 toward costs for increased meal preparation and delivery to seniors, as well as to purchase supplies to maintain safe operations during the COVID-19 crisis.
●      Northside Industrial Development Company – $25,000 to support minority- and women-owned businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis as they navigate local and federal relief funding, shift to utilize new remote technologies and make challenging financial and human resource decisions.
●      PA Cleanways of Allegheny County – $25,000 to provide financial bridge support until more significant relief funds are secured.
●      Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh – $25,000 to address critical and urgent home repair needs, such as plumbing and electrical repairs, replacing broken applications and roof stabilization.

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Michael Machosky is a writer and journalist with 18 years of experience writing about everything from development news, food and film to art, travel, books and music. He lives in Greenfield with his wife, Shaunna, and 10-year old son.