Mini Grants

Mini Grants Initiative for Diverse Community Groups

Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation of the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh are working together to implement this year’s Mini Grants Initiative: Systemic Inequities in the COVID-19 Era. This fund will promote diverse communities in the Pittsburgh region. Both Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh have committed $25,000 to create a $50,000 pool to fund projects that address the impacts of the pandemic on marginalized groups and/or systemic inequities in the greater Pittsburgh region. 

Funding through the Systemic Inequities in the COVID-19 Era initiative will be available to applicants selected through a competitive proposal process. Lead organizations must maintain a physical presence in the Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton Combined Statistical Area and have 501(c)3 non-profit status. Organizations can partner with other nonprofits, academic institutions, religious organizations, community groups, businesses and employee resource groups. 

Projects eligible for Mini Grant funding should: 
  • Create opportunities for civic engagement that result in a more inclusive and engaged multicultural region, and 
  • Be collaborative by engaging diverse communities, organizations, or partners.

The term of proposed projects should be one year. The typical range of a grant award is $500-$7,500. 

Grant application materials are available here. Completed grant applications are due by Friday, June 11th , 2021 and should be submitted electronically at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s grantmaking portal. Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation will announce Mini Grant awardees in August 2021. 

Past Vibrant Pittsburgh Mini Grants have funded health and human services, housing, education, mentoring, professional networking, social support, welcoming initiatives, and job-connection programs for refugees and immigrants.