(Date indicates the year the grantee was last funded)
#4 Block Club, 1996 (also 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994)
Formed in 1979 to address the erosion of West Oakland caused by the expansion of the University of Pittsburgh, #4 Block Club works with other grassroots organizations to influence the design and implementation of the university’s 20-year master space plan. With a TRCF grant, the group established a process that allows all neighborhood voices to be heard.
A+ Schools TeenBloc, 2014
Funds went to their “We Deserve to be Heard” open mic campaign. This campaign was to bring together students from the nine Pittsburgh Public High Schools to share their thoughts on school-related issues and disseminate information about their Student Bill of Rights.
Abolitionist Law Center, 2016 (also 2014)
The ALC’s mission is to abolish class- and race-based mass incarceration through strategic litigation, public education, and grassroots organizing. They received general operating support.
Accessible Transportation Work Group, 1991
This organization promotes public acceptance of a transportation system accessible to people with or without disabilities through educational programs and literature.
Action United, 2015
Action United is an organization that brings low and moderate income families in Pittsburgh together to become educated about current issues, more proficient at using civic engagement strategies, and ultimately to become effective advocates for their own public policy and practice needs. They received funding to address the School to Prison Pipeline by advocating for Pittsburgh Public Schools to adopt restorative justice practices in regards to discipline.
African American Women’s Speakers Bureau, 1999
TRCF funds helped in the purchase of literature from the National Cancer Institute to supplement the bureau’s health presentations on the prevention of breast and cervical cancer.
African Americans for Middle East Peace, 1991
Established as a response to the Gulf War, the group sponsored a workshop and rally in Homewood, Pa., to address military spending and poverty.
Afterschool Music Program at the North Side YMCA, 1997
The program focuses on music as an educational, aesthetic and emotional experience for at-risk children in an atmosphere of nonviolence. Through composing, performing, conducting, listening, enjoying, sharing and reacting to music, students can go beyond the mechanics of music and use it as a means of creating, exploring and achieving.
Aliquippa Regional Credit Union, 1997
This credit union, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, was established by Aliquippa residents to serve the needs of low- and moderate-income members following the collapse of the local steel industry and the loss of businesses and banks.
Aliquippa Youth Council, 1995
TRCF funds helped the council to implement its Youth Development Project, a project conceived by the youth of Aliquippa to provide 3 months of development activities consisting of leadership training, organizational development, an essay contest and a youth-needs assessment survey.
Alle-Kiski Homeless Project, 1996
The project helped establish the Pennsylvania Coalition to End Homelessness. The coalition brings together groups and individuals who are concerned about or who have experienced homelessness, and focuses on how to influence and effectively use housing issues, welfare reform, education and networking ideas.
Allegheny County ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), 2009 (also 2006, 2008)
ACORN used their grant money to support their work in organizing voters in low-income communities, by doing voter education and registration. They also developed community leadership in the low-income areas, who then conducted campaigns to educate and inform the general public of the community issues faced by low-income and elderly people in their neighborhoods. The community leaders also met with their state and city officials to discuss pressing issues. In 2009, they received funding through the Media Justice Initiative to assist people in low-income neighborhoods with the transition to DTV.
Allegheny County Citizen Advocacy, 1993
Having discovered that many people with disabilities were not aware of or taking advantage of available services, ACCA publicized the existence of various services and made them easier to use.
Allegheny Intermediate Unit: Pitt Bridge, 2016
AIU’s Health Sciences Club at Clairton High School conducted student-led research on three topics: Alzheimer’s disease and its effect on families; youth access to sexually transmitted infection information; and the effect of local crime on whether businesses stay in the area.
Allegheny Middle School Community Committee, 1994 (also 1993)
Family Fun Night, an after-school program developed by parents, teachers, social service providers and youth, provided a safe, structured environment for children and their families in Northview Heights and Perry Center, in the North Side of Pittsburgh. Classes include Art, Youth Expression, Stepping (drill team), Gymnastics, Health and Nutrition, and Cooking.
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church (AUUC), 1994 (also 1991)
The AUUC developed a project to employ homeless people to build flower boxes for the homes of low-income residents and vacant houses that are in the process of rehabilitation. Through joint neighborhood cleanups and forums on homeless issues, the group aims to establish closer links between the two operating shelters and surrounding neighborhoods.
Allequippa Terrace Youth Leads Council, 1999
TRCF funds helped to host a community day of beautification between seniors and youth. The Council seeks to increase youth roles in the community while building leadership skills.
Alliance for Progressive Action, 2001 (also 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
This association of more than 50 organizations was formed to support and provide technical assistance to the progressive movement. Member groups represent labor, religious groups, women, minorities and civic and gay communities. The Organizing Training Project developed and expanded the base of organizing skills in the local progressive movement, especially among low-income, African American and female activists.
Alliance for Refugee Youth Support & Education, 2017 (also 2013, 2014, 2016)
Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (PRYSE) Academy prepares refugee students for the school year and their futures through English language instruction, creative expression projects, and community engagement opportunities.
Amachi Pittsburgh, 2016 (also 2014)
Amachi Ambassadors empowers youth (14-18) with an incarcerated parent to be champions of their own cause. Funds were used to support their Amachi Ambassadors education justice campaign to tackle discriminatory and racially disparate disciplinary measures in schools.
American Friends Service Committee, PA State Program, 2016 (also 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011)
The National Guard Listening Project used dialogue and listening to raise awareness of the economic and human cost of deploying the National Guard in Iraq, and was part of a state-wide project to bring home the National Guard. A group of trained listeners interviewed members of the National Guard and their families and communities, and documented the concerns and issues around serving overseas. The report generated was used to raise awareness of the cost of the war. In 2008, AFSC received funding to start the program Alternatives to Military Recruiting, which informed students of local career, job training, and college funding opportunities that are non-military related. In 2010, AFSC implemented a Racial Equity through Human Rights program, engaging youth in discussions on human rights, racial justice, and social justice.
The #AMPLIFY LGBTQ Project, 2018
AMPLIFY is a blog-based community art project exploring the lived experiences of LGBTQ residents in Western PA. Funds went to a series of outreach events in the outlying Southwestern PA counties, to engage in conversations about LGBTQ lives and needs in less urban counties.
The Andy Warhol Museum, 2001
The Warhol presented the exhibit “Without Sanctuary: An Exhibition of Lynching Photography in the United States” from September 2001 – January 2002. TRCF funds supported Free Tuesdays, waiving admission fees to the exhibit.
Arlington Civic Council, 1997 (also 1991)
Using a newsletter and activities for neighborhood children, this group focuses on issues that affect their neighborhood. Teenagers of diverse backgrounds gain work experience and awaken their ability to excel. Youth work involves community gardening, an herb garden for Arlington Meals on Wheels and a pumpkin patch from which neighborhood children carve entries in a jack-o-lantern contest.
Artists Upstairs, 2008
Collaborating with a variety of other organizations, Artists Upstairs (ArtUp) brought an exhibit about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Pittsburgh. In addition to the exhibition, they included workshops, speakers, and activities at the Children’s Museum.
Begun as an economic revitalization project of the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation in 1991, TRCF funds were used to help ArtWorks repair the interior ceiling of its space, after a harsh winter resulted in its collapse. ArtWorks provides arts education for the high-poverty and unemployment area of Brownsville, in Fayette County.
The Teen Teach-A-Thon gave 30-40 young people (with a focus on teen girls) the chance to showcase their skills and/or teaching abilities to a wide audience of other young people, teachers, families, and community members. Teaching topics included coding, computer programming, and other science-related fields.
Azania Heritage International, 2002
AHI uses the creative and performing arts, language, history, and education to empower activists for victory over dehumanization and marginalization based on racial, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, cultural, and religious or non-religious background.
Baldwin High School Multicultural Club, 1994
Students from Baldwin High School established a multicultural club in order to heighten awareness of and sensitivity to issues of diversity within their school.
Battle of Homestead Conference, 1996
TRCF funds were used to provide scholarships for students to attend an interpretive conference at the former Homestead Works site to commemorate the Battle of Homestead, a pivotal point in American labor history.
Beautiful Cadaver Project Pittsburgh, 2020
BCP Pittsburgh is dedicated to providing Pittsburgh area writers, artists, and actors an opportunity to create experimental collaborative work. They plan to bring people together for workshops in the fall on how to engage social justice passions via writing, including leaving with a solid piece of writing that can be sent to a policymaker.
Beaver County AIDS Service Organization (BCASO), 2002 (also 1998, 2000, 2001)
BCASO’s Project HOPE provides a peer-based HIV/AIDS prevention and education program in Beaver County with special interest in high-risk populations, including minority women, substance abusers and their sexual partners.
Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community, 2019 (also 2013, 2015, 2017)
BCMAC informs residents about unconventional oil and gas operations, particularly Marcellus Shale drilling, and educates them on how to fight for a clean environment. While their earlier grants were for specific projects, including visioning sessions, educational outreach, and conferences, their most recent grant was used for operating expenses.
Beaver County Unemployed Committee, 1989
Servicing approximately 1,900 dislocated industrial workers, the committee provided information through a hot line and was a source of advocacy initiatives for Beaver County.
Bethel Community Center, 1999
The center provides for the community at large a computer lab with training classes on resume writing and Internet access.
Black & White Men Together, 1996 (also 1995)
The Pittsburgh chapter received a grant to publicize Town Meeting ‘95: A Look at Racism in the Lesbigay Community. The meeting used a panel and audience participation format to address topics such as racism and racial harmony.
Black & White Reunion, 2016 (also 1999, 2000)
This racially diverse group builds bridges between black and white citizens and communities in Western Pennsylvania, bringing together organizations and individuals currently working to counter racism in an ongoing process of collaboration.
Black Political Empowerment Project, 2014 (also 2006, 2008, 2009)
B-PEP utilized funds to supplement and enhance their operational plan, allowing them to expand their voter registration, education, advocacy, and election protection work, both independently and as a participant in coalitions. They also surveyed voters to find out what their experience was like, and their attitudes toward voting, and sponsored or co-sponsored candidate forums. In 2009, they received a Media Justice Initiative grant to implement a program getting students to analyze news coverage, in addition to an annual grant to continue their voter work.
Black Vietnam Era Veterans, 1994 (also 1993)
Funded in 1993, BVEV provides housing, employment and health services while requiring participation in personal growth and development programs.
Blacks United Against the War, 2004
TRCF funds went to a teach-in about the political and economic impact of the war in Iraq on the black community. The teach-in also examined the escalation of racial profiling and the growing threats to civil liberties that the war has produced.
Blair Heights Resident Council, 1997 (also 1995, 1996)
The Blair Heights Resident Council, in Clairton, Pa., works to develop self-esteem, leadership and technology skills with the children of this housing project. Older children serve as teachers to the young in order to build their leadership skills and increase their sense of community.
Book ‘Em, 2009 (also 2003, 2005)
This group provides special-request books for prisoners, and, with TRCF’s support, produced and published educational booklets for prisoners in Pennsylvania dealing with law, how to start your own business, and how to write grants. In 2009, they used a grant to update their Pennsylvania Action Directory, a 55-page booklet of resources for prisoners and ex-offenders.
Braddock Field Historical Society, 1997 (also 1995)
The Choose Right Program for Teenage Girls, a 12-week project for girls ages 12 to 15 from Rankin, North Braddock and Braddock, was designed to provide mentors for the girls to openly discuss problems they face as well as the positive solutions and choices available to them.
Braddock Housing Task Force, 1992
The task force, made up of volunteer community residents, business people and clergy, promotes neighborhood revitalization through its Rehab for Resale program, rehabilitating vacant or tax delinquent homes and selling them to first-time buyers.
Braddock Youth Project, 2014
Grant funds were used to implement the “Learn to Grow, Grow to Learn” program, which offered pre-teens a learning garden where they could experiment and explore positive transformation of empty spaces in their community while tackling issues of food justice and food deserts. Older teens mentored the pre-teens and maintained the garden and its production.
Brashear High School Students in Action, 2015
Brashear SIA surveyed 70 police officers from Zone 6 and 495 Brashear students on their perceptions of youth-police relations. They used this data as well as a short documentary to create a curriculum for the 2015-2016 PPS Civics classes and police training to address root causes of mistrust between the police and youth in the community.
Building Block of Natrona, 2019
BBN is focused on advocating and helping disadvantaged families in Natrona. Natrona is a food desert and a transit desert. Funds were used to create a transit advocacy program, empowering residents to get involved.
Butler County PFLAG, 2014 (also 2010, 2011)
This new local chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) began in the fall of 2009. They received a TRCF grant to hold a planning retreat for leadership and chapter members, to strategize on how best to operate.
Carrick HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), 1998
Carrick HOSA is a local chapter of HOSA, a national student organization that provides leadership development, motivation and recognition to its members while promoting and strengthening health occupation education.
Casa San Jose, 2018
Jóvenes con Propósito is a program that nurtures and empowers Latino students at Brashear High School by holding weekly meetings and facilitating access to youth leadership trainings, rallies, and meetings with elected officials. Funds were used to expand the program.
CeaseFirePA, 2017 (also 2013, 2014, 2015)
TRCF funds have supported CeaseFirePA’s on-the-ground presence in Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania. They provide outreach and education to individuals and groups to better engage them in gun violence prevention efforts.
Center for Coalfield Justice, 2014
The Coalfield Listening Project provided a forum for voices all too often ignored, to be heard. It used active listening to learn what Greene County should look like in the future from the very people who have been forced to endure the full brunt of the cost of coal, and created a community-based response to the environmental destruction that coal mining causes.
Center for Sacred Partnership, 2001
TRCF funds were used to help finance a public lecture and workshop by Sobonfu Some aimed at decreasing racism, increasing appreciation of cross cultural wisdom and providing black and white women in Pittsburgh a unifying experience that transcends differences.
Central North Side Neighborhood Council, 2007 (also 1995)
CNNC used their most recent grant to establish a community dialogue about racism and race relations to provide neighbors an opportunity to talk about race in a safe environment that supports constructive engagement and encourages collaboration and action to address local race-based concerns.
Century Community Association, 2000 (also 1999)
TRCF funds were used to expand recreational activities for the growing teen population in Clairton and form a community youth council.
Chain of Hope (COH), 1998 (also 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
This recreational and vocational center in Wilkinsburg was established by and is still run by mental health consumers. The group produced a 25-minute video addressing mental illness and self-help that has been shown both nationally and internationally, and distributed across Pennsylvania by the Office of Mental Health. A manual developed by COH is being used to establish similar drop-off centers in other parts of the country.
Chatham Baroque (Pittsburgh Early Music Ensemble), 1996 (also 1995)
Designed to teach children that conflict is normal and that there are ways to solve it, Chatham Baroque presents its conflict resolution program, interPLAY!, in local elementary schools. The program is a drama in which four musicians, who must cooperate in order to make music, are beset with conflicts related to prejudice and inconsiderate behavior. The students help the musicians define and overcome their problems in order to prepare for a concert.
Children’s Hospital Advisory Network for Guidance and Empowerment (CHANGE), 2015
The youth-led CHANGE program used Teens for Change funds to host a 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to document the role of the ADA and the intersectionality of disability and other human rights issues such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and economic inclusion.
Christians for a Better Community, 1992 (also 1991)
This multi-racial group in Braddock, Pa., is involved in prison and family support and helps ex-offenders to reenter the workplace.
Citizen Power, 1997
TRCF funds were used to hold three educational forums to let Duquesne Light customers understand how electric restructuring (due to the passage of The Electric Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act) would impact their lives.
Citizens’ Budget Campaign of Western Pennsylvania, 1996 (also 1992, 1993)
The CBC began a grassroots-based educational program on inequalities in the U.S. economic system and how families and communities are impacted. They hosted Focus on Inequality workshops, based on a model of Boston’s Share the Wealth, using TRCF funds.
Citizens Coal Council, 2007
CCC addresses the environmental and social problems precipitated by the full coal cycle. The cycle includes the mining, processing, and burning of coal, in addition to the dumping of power plant waste. Their goals include halting irresponsible mining practices, strengthening the federal Abandoned Mine Lands program, monitoring power plant waste regulation, and educating the public about what they can do to stop pollution due to all phases of mining.
Citizens for Police Accountability, 2002 (also 1999, 2000)
TRCF funding helped to protect and expand the effectiveness of the Citizen Police Review Board and develop a community-based response network as well as provide key information on citizens’ rights when they encounter the police.
Citizens Wanting Accessibility, 2003
This Washington County-based organization examines accessibility issues in Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties, and then gives recommendations to the proper officials on how to make the communities more accessible.
Clairton Community Development Corporation, 1991
Founded in 1988, the CDC set up a tool lending library to assist citizens renovating their neighborhoods.
Clean Water Fund, 2007 (also 1993, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
The fund’s work most often benefits low- and moderate-income people and people of color because their environments are more likely to expose them to toxic chemicals. CWF educates local labor and environmental activists on the relationship between environmental and economic issues, and works to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals used in local industries. CWF also started the Pesticide Safety Organizing Project to reduce pesticide exposure and improve the health of students and teachers, and the Cumulative Impact Project to develop a comprehensive regulation ensuring that no community in Allegheny County is subject to a disproportionate level of health-threatening air pollution.
Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration – West, 2019
CADBI West is a Pittsburgh chapter of a statewide coalition organizing to end life-without-parole sentences. Funds were used for membership development, public education on the issue, and further building the statewide coalition.
Coalition of Concerned Citizens, 2006
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens works for voter education, registration, and mobilization of ex-offenders in Allegheny County. They aim to increase ex-offenders’ political and civic involvement by hiring ex-offenders as outreach workers to go into their communities and encourage other ex-offenders to get active in the political process.
Coalition to Establish an Office for People with Disabilities, 2005
This coalition was started to establish a state-level Office for People with Disabilities, to enable persons with disabilities and their families to access services that are available, to improve inadequate programs, and to develop new ones.
Coalition for Healthy Urban Habitat, 2000
The coalition worked on the development and distribution of a cultural/historical map of the Hill District community.
Coalition to Stop Welfare Cuts, 1995
This organization held a conference in Pittsburgh to educate people and encourage those affected by the proposed welfare cuts to understand the issues and become involved in the dialogue surrounding the cuts.
Coalition for a United Clairton, 1994 (also 1993)
This Mon Valley organization produced a monthly newsletter identifying and publicizing social and community services and activities involving city government and schools. It also hosted informational workshops on gang awareness, anti-gang alternatives and tough-love parenting.
Committee for Appropriate Acknowledgment, 1999
The TRCF grant supported the second free public talk in Pittsburgh advocating for German companies to acknowledge their Nazi-era participation with slave workers, featuring two speakers from Germany.
Committee for Racial Equality, 1999 (also 1997)
TRCF funds supported Where Intolerance Ends, a workshop to increase participants’ understanding of the mechanism and effects of intolerance and to increase skills for intervening against intolerance.
Committee to Support the Center for Constitutional Rights, 2005
TRCF funds were used to host a speaking session with Jules Lobel, a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, as the keynote speaker. Topics discussed included civil rights and liberties education and outreach, the impact of current Supreme Court cases involving civil liberties, human rights, and international law concerns.
Common Ground Teen Center, 2015 (also 2014)
Smash the Stereotypes is a teen-driven educational initiative with a goal of raising awareness and changing policy surrounding human rights pertinent to youth people through peer-to-peer interaction. These activities include essay contests for Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Disability awareness events, LGBTQAI awareness events, and a youth conference in 2016.
Communitopia’s mission is to slow climate change and create healthier communities. Funds supported a new Youth Educator, and transferred their workshop content to a webinar platform, to continue reaching students interested in environmental justice (who then plan their own actions).
Compassionate Chaplaincy, 1999
Funding was provided for billboards advertising the availability of compassionate guidance and counseling for the terminally ill.
Concerned Residents of the Yough (CRY), 1993
Instrumental in the formation of the Pennsylvania Environmental Network, which promotes environmental justice through shared resources, this organization was established in 1985 to combat Mill Services, Inc., to which it attributes environmental problems in the community.
Conference on Economic Realities and Economic Development, 1997
The conference brought together local activists at the Community of Reconciliation to explore the possibilities of an inclusive political program for economic and social justice, and to strengthen a new progressive force in the labor movement.
Conflict Resolution Center International, Inc., 2003
CRCI trains peace and community activists, through interactive seminars, in how to deal with people who hold contrary views, whether they be people on the street, family, or work-mates.
Conroy Music Association (CMA), 1998
CMA is dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and community building for people with developmental disabilities. In 1998, their choral students traveled to and participated in an interactive theatrical performance of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Conscience Pittsburgh, 2003
This area group supports any individual, who by an act of conscience, objects to personally participating in combat activities of our nation’s military forces. They do this through counseling, legal support, organizing public solidarity with the objectors, outreach, and educational activities on the alternatives to war and military participation.
Consumer Health Coalition, 2016 (also 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014)
In 2009, the CHC instituted the program “Living Together is an Art,” to foster empowerment and learning for people with disabilities, as well as to advance public dialogue via the arts about disability rights. In 2010, they received funding to host a cross-disability conference, with sessions on health, advocacy, employment, transitions, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Their 2016 grant launched an advocacy campaign in Beaver County, to develop and expand on existing strategies to empower individuals with disabilities to act on their own behalf.
Council of American Islamic Relations – Pittsburgh, 2008
Media Justice Initiative funds went to implementing a comprehensive program encompassing workshops on racial and ethnic phobias in America and the constitutional rights of both media and citizens; a toolkit to enable responses to media attacks; and the production of a DVD and study guide by Muslim youth to be used in educational facilities.
Cross-Cultural Service Learning Center, 1996
This organization at California University of Pennsylvania brought Native American activist and actor Russell Means to southwestern Pennsylvania to discuss government policy, poverty, race relations and community organizing. The TRCF grant reduced ticket prices, benefiting students and local organizers.
Cross Current, 1999
TRCF helped to subsidize free performances by Cross Current at strikes, rallies and/or benefits of other social and economic justice organizations.
Cultural Awareness Project (CAP), 1996
Two local churches, the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, a predominantly European congregation, and St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, have initiated this project to address persistent racial divisions within the local community.
Day Room Window, 2014
Based on a true story, “Day Room Window” is a play about nine adolescent girls incarcerated as adults in a women’s prison. The performances, which ran in October of 2014 to mark National Juvenile Justice Awareness Month, included talk-back sessions for the audience to participate.
Diversity Project with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 1997
This project fosters dialogue and community among all sexual orientations. A community-wide day-long educational seminar was its first venture, and included four workshops on topics related to forming community among diverse gender minority groups. The TRCF grant supported the purchase of a computer to organize contact information.
Dorothy Day Parenting Program, 1995
Dorothy Day Apartments, a facility that provides housing and support for single parents, hosted summer math and science classes for children ages 5 through 12 in the Lincoln-Lemington community. While children were engaged in the learning activities, parents attended bi-monthly classes on subjects such as discipline vs. punishment, child development, nutrition and nurturing.
Dreams of Hope, 2011 (also 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Dreams of Hope is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allies youth performing arts group. All performance material is taken from the youth’s life experiences and are written and performed by the youth. Each show is followed by a candid question and answer period with the audience.
East Liberty Arts Council, 2002 (also 1997)
TRCF funds were used to create the East Liberty ArtPark, a place where children can develop their imaginations, in a misused piece of city land.
East Liberty Concerned Citizens, 1992
This organization of primarily African American individuals and church groups was founded in 1983 to improve the availability of low-income housing and to combat community deterioration and crime in East Liberty.
East Liberty Park Summer Youth Program, 1995
TRCF supported the Summer Youth Baseball League for children from East Liberty Park Public Housing. Parents, grandparents and volunteers served as coaches and staff, providing family-oriented, positive activities that build self-confidence, leadership, motivation and teamwork.
Educating, Empowering, Eliminating Dating Violence (3E) Now, 2016
Student activists at Neighborhood Academy have organized a Teen Dating Violence Awareness Fair at their school during the start of the ’16-’17 school year.
Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS, Inc., 2013
Grant funds were used to grow their Youth Board of Directors by having a formal board orientation/training for them, and having funds to implement some of their new recommendations for projects.
Enough IS ENOUGH Project (formerly Community Media), 2006 (also 2000, 2001)
The video documentary, “Enough IS ENOUGH: The Death of Jonny Gammage,” uses as its framework the incident in which Gammage was killed during a “routine” traffic stop. It examines issues of racial profiling, police misuse of force, and criminal justice, and offers examples of grassroots activism and constructive solutions. TRCF funding was used to help distribute the video, including submitting it to film festivals and planning local screenings.
E’Racism at Shaler Area High School, 2013
Their grant was used to host a Celebration of Diversity conference in October of 2013, where students in Allegheny County could come together to discuss issues of race, gender, ability, economic status, sexual orientation/gender identity, and more.
Equality Pennsylvania Education Fund, 2016 (also 2015)
TRCF funds supported the field organizing program, which educated the general public about LGBTQ discrimination in order to gain support for an inclusive statewide nondiscrimination law. Encompassed in this program are the Campaign for Fairness, which identifies supportive businesses, and the Gay and Transgender Storytelling Project, which videos LGBTQ-identified individuals telling their stories and encouraging others to use their voting power for equality.
Fair Housing Partnership Greater Pittsburgh, 2007 (also 1997)
Seeking to eliminate housing discrimination in Pittsburgh since 1975, FHP has promoted fair housing through collaborative undertakings in education, research, legislative reform and community involvement.
Family Growth Center, 1997
Using a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant, members of the Family Growth Center were able to attend the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at Duquesne University. Both young people and adults attended workshops and planned to use the information and skills to enhance the work of their North Side neighborhood organization.
Fayette County Complete Count Committee, 2000
A TRCF Special Opportunity Grant helped underwrite a strategic planning meeting to outline a complete approach for a full census count for 2010.
Fayette County Cultural Trust, 2014
FCCT launched the Connellsville Canteen lecture series and artist incubator to support, organize, and mobilize LGBTQ residents and allies in Connellsville and Fayette County.
Federated America Coalition of Tenants, 1994
This group received a grant to host a regional conference with officials from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Representatives from 10 local housing communities discussed the impending end to Section 8 vouchers, due to federal time limitations. The Community Technical Assistance Center helped organize the event.
Film Pittsburgh, 2020
Film Pittsburgh used their grant to roll their existing ReelAbilities Film Festival (which features films made by and for people with disabilities) into the returning Three Rivers Film Festival, to expand the audience seeing the films.
Finding Out: Creative Arts Empowerment for Women Offenders, 1997
This project encouraged female offenders to explore and share their personal life stories through performance art and written journals that were used as tools for problem solving and life planning.
Fineview Citizens Council, 1998
This grassroots, community-based, North Side group promoted a Greenway Project to restore and retain green space in the community.
Free Ride!, 2006
Free Ride! hosts a Youth Earn-A-Bike Program, a 12-hour course in which young people (ages 10-16) learn bike repair, maintenance, and safety, as well as basic principles of environmental sustainability. Each youth chooses a bicycle to learn to repair, and ultimately keep. Funding helped this group develop and strengthen partnerships with local youth organizations and to expand the environmental curriculum of the program.
Friends of the CLP-Allegheny, 2011
With this grant, the Friends of the CLP-Allegheny established a collection of LGBTQ books and materials at the library, and created programming to reach out to non-LGBTQ audiences to promote the new section.
Friends of the Riverfront, 1995
This group brought together youth from two similar at-risk urban neighborhoods, Central North Side and Rosedale Block Cluster, which have been historically conflicted. The three-month Trail Care project allowed the youth to participate in a program that educated them on environmental issues, provided employment opportunities and created a sense of ownership of the riverfront.
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, 2018
The FTPF created five orchards in Pittsburgh-area food deserts to fight food insecurity, fill the nutrition gap, protect and clean local habitats, and overall beautify and improve SW PA communities. They also provided nutritional and environmental lessons at all their school plantings.
Fund for the Advancement of Minorities in Education, 2016
A group of young Black women in several of the Pittsburgh-area private schools started the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program, a mentoring program for Black girls in middle school. The program focuses on how to deconstruct negative images of black women put out into the world and support other black girls in navigating systems that are oppressive.
G-20 Media Support Team, 2009
Formed to be an information clearinghouse and media center for supporting dissent around the Group of 20 Economic Summit, held in Pittsburgh September 24-25, 2009. Funds were used to create media packets, a hub website for all groups to publish media, press materials, and a banner for use at press conferences.
G-6 Billion, 2009
An interfaith group organized to represent the rest of the world not at the Group of 20 Economic Summit’s table, for their march and call for peace at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and an interfaith prayer vigil at St. Mary’s of the Mount on Mount Washington to mark the UN International Day of Peace.
Gang Peace Council of Western Pennsylvania (GPC), 1993
GPC representative Khalid Raheem attended the Urban Peace Summit in Kansas City, Mo., that dealt with gang activities, and reported on its impact on local communities.
Garfield Community Farm, 2010 (also 2009)
The Garfield Community Farm used Special Opportunity Grant funds to construct a hoop house (an inexpensive greenhouse), which extended their growing season by almost four months. They also received an annual grant to support their internship program, providing jobs for residents in this blighted neighborhood. In 2010, using TRCF funds, they instituted a CSA (community-supported agriculture) program, providing low-cost fresh vegetables and fruit to the residents of Garfield.
Garfield Rowhouse Tenants, 1991
Located in the East End of Pittsburgh, the association is an advocate for public housing tenants’ rights.
Gateway Senior High School, Service Program, 2000 (also 1997)
United We Stand … A MUST Multicultural Program was developed by the Gateway Service Program to provide a safe, comfortable forum for high school students to share and learn about multicultural issues. The student workshop facilitators have presented the program to students in area schools and won the Louis Caplan Human Relations Award in 1996.
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, 2012 (also 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2010)
Established in 1984 to facilitate the development of individual and community resources to meet the needs of sexual minorities, the center serves as an information resource and a secure, drug-free meeting space. In 2001, they used a TRCF grant to increase the center’s ability to reach out to and communicate with disabled members of the LGBTQ community with the purchase of a TeleTypewriter and the creation and distribution of audiocassettes of the center’s newsletter and other community publications. In 2010, noting an increase in the number of aging people who identify as LGBTQ, they conducted an aging study to address any problems and seize any opportunities that will be seen from this emerging social problem.
Gay and Lesbian Neighborhood Development Association (GLENDA), 2002 (also 2000, 2001)
GLENDA organizes LGBTQ members to participate as volunteers with other organizations in the community through its Partnering Projects, bringing people together and altering anti-gay attitudes through cooperative interaction.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, Pittsburgh, 2013 (also 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012)
GLSEN develops and purchases educational materials for workshops that make schools safe and inclusive environments for all students. Both teachers and students go to their workshops, where they learn about the negative effects of stereotyping, bullying, and name-calling. GLSEN also is implementing the “Safe and Respectful Schools Project,” which will be a series of region-wide programs that prevent discrimination, harassment, and violence against children perceived to be different by their peers. In 2009, GLSEN held the first Unified for Youth (U4Y) Conference, a weekend-long event consisting of workshops and discussions on LGBT issues, supported by a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant. It was so successful that, in 2010, they received a TRCF annual grant to expand the U4Y Conference.
Gay-Straight Alliance, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
TRCF provided funds to bring in Daniel Roberts, from MTV’s “The Real World – New Orleans” and a LGBTQ icon, to be a keynote speaker during National Coming Out Week.
Girls Bridging Communities, 2015
Girls Bridging Communities works to promote racial, socioeconomic and gender diversity in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) fields. The GBC Summer STEAM Camp is run by high school girls and introduces younger girls in 3rd-5th grades to STEAM projects in an effort to combat their lack of representation in this sector of the workplace.
Given Wings, 1992
This organization of people with disabilities and their parents works toward innovative independent housing and support services for people with disabilities.
Global Connections, 2002
Global Connections used TRCF funds to build a membership-based coalition of organizations and individuals working for progressive change in America’s relationship to the developing world.
Global Minds Initiative, 2017
GMI is a program created by high school students in order to combat the issues of cultural intolerance, ignorance, and discrimination, through a one-on-one after school program providing homework help, conversational English practice, and activities centered on diversity, human rights, sustainable development, and equality.
Global Solutions Pittsburgh, 2013
Global Solutions used its grant to support its monthly presentation series, Global Challenges and Local Impacts. This series covers topics such as environmental justice, war, poverty, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, and more, delving into what’s going on around the globe and what can be done to combat injustice here at home.
Good Little Girls Zine, 2002
TRCF provided funds for production costs to the independent women’s- and gender-issues magazine.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, 1997
As an advocate for grandparents who are rearing their grandchildren, GRG works to keep grandparents informed and be a voice to state and federal agencies on relevant issues.
Greater Pittsburgh Alliance of Black School Educators, 2004 (also 2003)
This organization hosted a Fall Forum, consisting of workshops and a keynote speaker, to provide information to all individuals interested in the achievement of African American students. They also provided materials and programs for parents to become more informed decision-makers for their children.
Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, 2008 (also 2006)
Funds went towards the continuation of GPNP’s Voter Engagement Initiative. The VEI continued via support for pilot participants to build the “supervoter” population and to expand the program by offering it to more members.
Greater Pittsburgh Student Voices, 2006
GPSV used their funds to enhance their voter outreach and education drives through more emphasis on high school registration events and a voter education-focused Civics Fair, where students will compete with peer education, service-learning, and media production projects relating to voting issues. The Civics Fair has become an annual event. They have a network of over 100 teachers and 43 high schools, and have existing collaborations with 10 organizations and offices.
Green Millennium Children’s Garden, 2003 (also 2002)
Begun in 1999, the GMCG is a place for children from primarily economically disadvantaged families to put their energy to work. The garden provides a green space for youth to connect with the earth through gardening, and learn about ecology, nutrition, and art.
Greene County Arts Council, 1994
Greene County at-risk children were sponsored to attend the Greene County Arts Council Summer Arts Kids Kamp. Scholarships and busing were provided for youth who would have been excluded because of poor socio-economic conditions and driving distance.
Greene County Network for Kids with Special Needs, 2003
Funds from TRCF were used to organize, present, and purchase equipment for an interactive disabilities fair to be brought into schools to sensitize students and educators about people with disabilities.
Greene County Watershed Alliance, 2013
GCWA used its grant to implement the Progress and Coal Campaign. After baseline water quality data and review of longwall mining permits were released, they used that information to conduct public outreach campaigns and encouraged citizen engagement.
Group Against Smog and Pollution, 2008 (also 2003, 2006)
This group implemented a Diesel Education and Monitoring Project in the East End of Pittsburgh. Local activists were trained on how to measure air pollution levels and to report them to the proper authorities. They also took Allegheny County residents to an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on proposed changes that would weaken the current standards for soot in the air. In 2008, their grant implemented the Pollution Patrol team, made up of residents of Allegheny County who were educated on various air quality issues and trained in using air monitoring equipment, enabling them to be powerful advocates in their communities.
Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) Strategies, 2009 (now Grounded Pittsburgh)
GTECH Strategies used its funds to implement a series of lessons at after-school programs to teach youth about environmental and social issues surrounding vacant lots, while allowing them to explore solutions as a way to empower them in their own communities.
Haiti Solidarity Committee, 1996
This project links St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Wilmerding with a parish in Haiti, providing an opportunity for the Wilmerding community to address and overcome racial prejudices and become more aware of economic injustice in developing countries.
Hamnett Place Neighborhood Association, 2001
The group is working to organize and build membership in order to serve as a catalyst for community development within Wilkinsburg. Plans include a community picnic and neighborhood cleanup day as well as the publication of a newsletter.
Harambee, Pittsburgh, 1991
This Black Arts Festival, held annually in Homewood, Pa., since 1984, is the largest such festival in the tri-state area. TRCF funded a mural art project to involve students and artists in the community.
Hatch Arts Collective, 2016
Driftless is a new full-length play that investigates fracking, frac sand mining, and environmental justice through collaborative performance-making. Funds went toward outreach and ensuring economic justice through hiring an Actors Equity Association stage manager. Performances were held in August of 2016 at the New Hazlett Theater.
Hazelwood Urban Gardens, 2011
HUGS was established in 2008 to address littered and vandalized vacant lots in the Hazelwood area of Pittsburgh. This grant allowed them to train six high-school youth to be agents of community change, by teaching them gardening, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement.
Health Care for All, 1994 (also 1993)
Formed in 1992, HCFA is a citizen-based educational and advocacy organization which proposes a health care system based on universal access, comprehensive benefits, enforceable and effective cost-control measures, and removal of financial barriers to care. The TRCF award was part of the project’s effort to secure a $10,000 grant from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, which required a local match of $3,500.
HEArt-Human Equity Through Art, 1997
HEArt promotes the role of artists as human rights activists, encourages artistic expressions that address racial, gender, sexual and other forms of discrimination, and seeks public recognition of the relevance of art as a vehicle for social reform. The group also publishes HEArt Quarterly, a journal of literature, visual arts and reviews.
Hill District Consensus Group, 2016
HDCG Youth Organizers have started and continue to support Black Student Unions at their schools (Oakland Catholic, Obama, UPrep/Milliones).
Hi-View Gardens Tenant Council, 1999
TRCF helped to send tenant council officers to the National Alliance of HUD Tenants Conference and to repair the “tot lot,” a source of children’s injuries at Hi-View Gardens.
Holocaust Education Project: Born to Remember, 2002
This interactive program goes into schools to educate teens about the Holocaust and encourage them to use the past to positively influence the decisions they make today.
Homewood North Tenant Council, 2000
TRCF provided funding for a Summer Community Day of information and networking about tenants’ rights to safe, decent and affordable housing.
The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, 2011
This grant allowed this Lawrence County institute to reintroduce their After School Arts Program. 4th-6th graders in New Castle learned the principles of “green” arts – recycled architecture, art using found items, and using natural materials to create pottery, paintings, and fabric art.
Human Rights Coalition, Fed Up! Chapter, 2008
Funds helped stage a showing of Hurricane Season, a production of Climbing PoeTree, exploring critical issues facing humanity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Hunger Services Network, 1989
The network was the central coordinating agency for all food pantries in the region. As part of its educational efforts, the network developed a videotape on using the federal food stamp program.
I Dream a World: African American History through Poetry, 1995 (also 1992)
Launched in March 1991, I Dream a World raises cultural awareness of low-income, African American youth through poetry performance and creative expression workshops on African American history.
In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh, 2011 (also 2009)
In Sisterhood recorded 20 stories on video, in addition to collecting photos and memorabilia, of activists, primarily lesbians, about their involvement in advancing women’s rights in the Pittsburgh region. Their 2011 grant collected the stories of 15 women (10 African American, 5 Caucasian) who created strategic alliances and collaborations to fight against racism and sexism in the Pittsburgh area.
Increasing College/Community Monies (ICCM), 2000 (also 1997, 1998)
Formed in 1991 to help a college student, the organization has grown to include a diversity program to encourage youth community participation and enrichment. A mock African American wedding, which originated in Monessen, will be replicated throughout the area in order to revive knowledge of and pride in ancient rituals among southwestern Pennsylvania communities.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Safe Zone Project, 2011
IUP’s Safe Zone Project used its grant to develop a transgender training program for the university. It includes recording 15-20 vignettes focusing on LGBTQ issues and experiences of students, and digital and print media resources.
Industrial Workers of the World, IU 450, 2001
TRCF provided funding for the construction of street puppets to be used in demonstrations on various issues, such as segregation, education, and sweatshops.
Initiative for Transgender Leadership, 2013
ITL’s grant supported the creation of the Peer Mentorship Program. In this program, 6-10 trans* youth will mentor one another as they learn and practice mentoring skills, including communication, legal, wellness, and service/philanthropy.
Innocence Institute at Point Park University, 2008
The Innocence Institute used its Media Justice Initiative funds to bring attention to the issue of life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders.
Inside Our Minds, 2020
IOM is a peer-controlled radical mental health collective. They host events such as trainings, mental health cafes, and Anonymous Open Mic, and publish a zine called Yinz Mad? Their events are centered around people with lived experience.
Institute of Black Cultural Studies (IBCS), 1992
This community-based educational institution operates an after-school and Saturday program on the life circumstances, achievements and failures experienced by the African American from their African beginnings to the origins of slavery, emancipation and urbanization. IBCS seeks to increase cultural awareness and respect for ethnic diversity, and provide positive role models for African American youth.
Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, 2010
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, working in conjunction with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, used a TRCF grant to develop a youth-led community project of creating a 15-minute video. This video aimed at conquering the social biases surrounding Muslim Americans, and creating positive self-images for Muslim youth.
Jobs with Peace Campaign of Western Pennsylvania, 1992 (also 1989)
This organization educated citizens about the relationship between military spending and reduced funding for local housing. Jobs with Peace trained low- and moderate-income people to address the critical needs of their community. Through its Leadership Empowerment Project, the organization helped develop leadership and community-organizing skills among low-income African Americans.
Just Harvest Education Fund, 2020 (also 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2016)
Just Harvest has worked since 1986 to educate the community about the links between hunger and public policy and to give people the tools needed to take action against hunger. Projects funded by TRCF include educating communities on refocusing city budget priorities, teaching high school students about participating in local government, training low-income women to be community leaders, documenting the extent of childhood hunger, working on low-income voter education and registration, and assisting grassroots organizations in becoming reliable, credible, and effective spokespersons to news media outlets.
K’vetsh Pittsburgh, 2004
K’vetsh used TRCF funds to cover the expenses for their monthly “all-queer, all-gender open mic cabaret” at Modern Formations Gallery in Garfield. The cabaret consists of two queer-identified artists who perform through music, video, visual art, performance art, and writing, in addition to audience participation.
Larimer Consensus Group, 2020
The MiniWIN Dialogues will consist of a mini-Winnebago going around the Larimer neighborhood to invite conversations on land use, gentrification, food justice, and environmental justice. Kids’ activities and information on the local community garden will also be available.
Latin American Cultural Union, 1999
Local Hispanic youth explored their cultural identity through the building of a “retablo.” Those involved in the project planned, designed and implemented the content and shape of the retablo around the theme Past, Present & Future: Journey of Hispanics in Pittsburgh.
Latin American Radio Magazine, 1996
The Latin American Radio Magazine broadcasts a weekly program for members of the Hispanic community and those interested in Latin American issues. Airing on WRCT, 88.3 FM, Carnegie Mellon University radio station, the magazine is used as a channel for communication and community building among Hispanics and with the rest of the community.
Lawrenceville United, 2005
TRCF provided operating support to this neighborhood group to continue their work educating the residents of the three wards of Lawrenceville in different cultures and lifestyles so they can all coexist peacefully.
League of Women Voters in Westmoreland County, 2002
The LWV in Westmoreland County worked to build strong coalitions to empower neglected, disenfranchised populations. They targeted three main populations: individuals with developmental disabilities, aging individuals, and students who would be soon voting for the first time.
League of Young Voters Education Fund, 2007 (also 2006)
The League of Young Voters utilized its funding to enhance their all-encompassing voter engagement strategy, including registration, education, mobilization, and election protection. Their most recent grant used funds to create promotional materials and to send outreach workers to the Allegheny County Jail and targeted communities. The materials helped potential voters learn about judicial candidates and raise their awareness of social justice issues.
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Alliance (LABiAT), 1999 (also 1997)
TRCF funds helped to bring Leslie Feinberg to speak at Chatham College on March 31, 1999, in honor of the National Transgender Awareness Week and Women’s History Month. In 1997, the Alliance provided transportation to young people from diverse communities for the visit of D.C. Representative Sabrina Sojourner, speaker for the program ABC’s of Diversity.
LinkTAfric is dedicated to enhancing educational and career aspirations of inner city youth through their stockbroker training project, which includes a visit to the New York Stock Exchange.
M-Powerment at Shaler area High School, 2013 (also 2012)
Funds helped support four campaigns: Love is the Movement (raising awareness of depression and self-mutilation in teen girls), Praise Leis (promoting high self-esteem), Self Defense Self Esteem (a confidence boost for young women), and the Clothesline Project (survivors of domestic violence and their allies design and write their stories on t-shirts and display them on clotheslines).
Mama Africa’s Green Scouts, 2015
Mama Africa’s Green Scouts is a grassroots organization that is creating a community garden in Homewood (a food desert) to teach youth of African descent about urban farming, food justice, environmental justice, African culture, leadership skills, and community development.
Manchester Youth Development, 1996
This group used TRCF funds to reach out to at-risk youth the Homestead area.
Marcellus Outreach Butler, 2019 (also 2014, 2018)
Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB) is a grassroots environmental organization that was formed to educate the public about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). They have hosted speakers, film screenings, public meetings, and forums, and organized rallies, protests, marches, and clean energy festivals. They have used grants for operating support and to purchase equipment for demonstrations.
March for Jobs, 2009
Bail Out the People organized a March for Jobs during the Group of 20 Economic Summit, held in Pittsburgh September 24-25, 2009. This grant funded community outreach work to citizens in the Hill District.
Marilyn G. Rabb (MGR) Foundation, 2009 (also 2008)
The MGR Foundation used its funds to hold a city-wide Peace Rally, bringing together students, working with artists of varying media, to express their thoughts, feelings, and visions about violence. This project encouraged students to be activists for change and agents of peace.
Mary Miller Dance Company, 1999
TRCF funds helped to subsidize free tickets to “Peace 2001, A Journey into the Millennium, Year Four: Education,” addressing the lack of education as a barrier to achieving a peaceful world. Tickets were distributed through peace and progressive organizations sponsoring the project.
Meade Educultural Consultants, 1998
Based in Aliquippa, the group seeks to encourage community participation in clean-up and beautification efforts. The group also promotes youth participation through its Summer Youth Educational Program.
Mennonite Urban Corps – Pittsburgh, 2001
TRCF funding supplements the operational support of a Mennonite Urban Corps participant who has a six-month placement with the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers. Her focus at UE is on progressive public policy, labor rights and international affairs.
Mental Health America Allegheny County: Let Our Voices Be Heard, 2014 (also 2010)
LOVBH is a cross-disability grassroots advocacy project, housed under Mental Health America – Allegheny County. They make certain that people who use disability services are at the table to shape public policy, in addition to ensuring that democracy is available to all. They received a TRCF grant to implement a voter engagement project, aiming to increase voter and civic participation among members of the disability community.
Metro Family Practice, 2000
TRCF provided funds for a pilot study on the high infant mortality rate in Wilkinsburg. This practice provides family and woman-centered maternity care to low-income women of Wilkinsburg in a safe and respectful environment.
Middle East Peace Forum of Pittsburgh, 2007 (also 2006)
The MEPF focuses on the recognition of the humanity of all peoples in the Middle East and on awareness of the possibility of peace. Events include public discussions, films, and workshops, with a particular focus on introducing change through personal experiences. Building on the success of their 2006 programs, their 2007 grant was used on event costs throughout the year.
Midtown Plaza Resident Council, 2001
The council offers seminars on HUD rules and regulations and prints an information booklet on housing issues for the complex’s residents.
Mission: Possible, 1994
Mission: Possible received a TRCF grant to support an after-school tutoring program in the Garfield section of Pittsburgh for at-risk children ages 6 to 12. The group also focuses on leadership development for young African American males ages 13 and older. The group serves area low income youth, male and female, of which 99 percent are African American.
Mon Valley Media, Inc., 2005 (also 2001, 2002, 2003)
TRCF funds were most recently used to produce an hour-long documentary entitled “Death Watch,” about innocent people serving time on death row in Pennsylvania.
Mon Valley Unemployed Committee, 1995
Low-income residents of southwestern Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg with this committee to learn of proposed changes in the welfare system. Workshops educated community members on how to form coalitions that address the proposed cuts.
Monroeville Race Unity Forum, 1997
This forum teaches community leaders how to develop consensus on barriers to racial unity. The TRCF grant enabled the group to purchase nine family-targeted video programs about differences and commonalities and train four community facilitators. Another grant supported the publication of its newsletter, Race Unity News.
Mountain Watershed Association, 2013 (also 2007, 2011)
MWA used their grant to engage the public, raise awareness, and build enough power to bring about a change in public policy with regard to a relatively unknown component of the coal cycle, coalbed methane extraction (CBM). The frequency of this activity has recently exploded in southwestern Pennsylvania. This project worked to inform the public of their rights regarding this activity, and have them speak out about it to local policy makers.
Museum of the Quest for Social Justice, 1997
To publicize the history of the struggle for social justice, the museum is developing a traveling exhibit. “The Quest for Social Justice: Struggles to Achieve the American Value of Liberty and Justice for All” consists of 29 panels depicting landmark events of social justice throughout the 20th century.
NARAL-PA Foundation, Western Pennsylvania Campaign, 2004 (also 2000, 2002)
TRCF provided funds to help increase Western Pennsylvania constituent involvement in the pro-choice movement through campus organizing, the Campaign for Contraceptive Coverage, the TORCH (Teens Organizing for Reproductive CHoice) program, the crisis pregnancy initiative, and coalition efforts.
Neighborhood Collaborative Against Racism, 2001 (also 1997, 2000)
As the kick-off of Neighborhood Collaborative Against Racism, the Thomas Merton Center held an intensive workshop, Undoing Racism Training, at Bloomfield-Garfield Community Center. Ron Chisom, co-founder of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, led the workshop.
Network of Neighbors United, 1999 (also 1998)
This newly formed organization of concerned citizens in Jenner Township (Somerset County) was created to oppose the growing presence of hate groups in the community. The TRCF grant supported operating expenses.
New Palisades Plaza Tenants Council, 1998
This newly formed tenants council in Rankin, Pa., encourages tenants to educate themselves and play an active role in public policy debates related to low-income housing.
New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, 2011 (also 2008, 2009)
NVP is the only human rights and social justice activist organization for, led by, and about women of color in the greater Pittsburgh area. They build progressive young women of color into political activists and community leaders. NVP used its grant for operating support to develop a sustainable local organization and movement for reproductive justice.
Nightshade Pittsburgh, 2019
Nightshade Pittsburgh is a collective of women and queer folks who seek to empower people to resist at the axes of capitalism, colonialism, racism, and hetero-patriarchy. The funding was used for their Trans Chosen Family Feast, their third zine project, and a direct action training.
North Hills Affordable Housing, 1995
NHAH works as advocates for low-income single female heads of household to address the need for safe, affordable housing. TRCF funding helped to sponsor a town meeting to raise awareness of housing needs in the Northern Pittsburgh communities.
North Side’s Own, 1997
For the 100 women of North Side’s Own, this home-based sewing cooperative represented an avenue out of poverty. Determined to leave the public assistance rolls, these women used a TRCF grant to survey and identify markets for their proposed products, including upscale children’s clothing and a variety of basic textile goods. After training in sewing skills, self-development and business management, the members planned to establish home-based sewing centers in their North Side neighborhood.
Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, 2003 (also 1998, 2000)
NCFH represents the residents of Northside Properties, a 333-unit, scattered site, HUD-assisted housing project. NCFH was organized in June 1998 in response to the potential displacement of more than 300 families due to changes in HUD Section 8 policies.
Oakcliffe Housing Club, 1995
Using the renovation of a community park as a tool to unify its community, the Oakcliffe Housing Club will continue its efforts to reverse neighborhood decline in housing stock and rejuvenate a spirit of neighborhood.
Overbrook Community Council, 1995
In order to make their community a better place to live, the OCC is working with a teen council to establish a community newspaper, offer programs and assistance to residents of nursing homes and study environmental contaminants in four local creeks.
Palestine Solidarity Committee, 2005 (also 2003)
This organization used TRCF funds to host a Palestinian Film Festival featuring documentaries, shorts, and films giving the Palestinian story, all followed by facilitated discussions.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 2000 (also 1993, 1995)
PFLAG Pittsburgh provides education and support for parents, families and friends of people in the LGBTQ community. TRCF helped fund a brochure that outlined the services offered by PFLAG and was distributed to churches, social workers, educators and school counselors. For the 2000 grant and in collaboration with Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educator’s Network (GLSEN) and teachers, PFLAG developed the Safe Schools Project to ensure that students K-12 (and teachers) have access to a non-threatening learning environment. PFLAG and GLSEN provide the training and educational materials.
Park Hill Apartments Resident Council, 1997
Many of the nearly 100 families represented by the Park Hill Apartments Resident Council are young, lack skills and have small children. The council used a summer drill team to counter the violent environment of their children and to raise funds for the organization.
Partnership for Minority HIV/AIDS Prevention, 2002 (also 1999, 2001)
The partnership is a “member organization that provides comprehensive, culturally based HIV/AIDS prevention and education services in eight predominantly African-American communities in the city of Pittsburgh.”
Passageway to Hope Duquesne Coalition, 1997
TRCF funds were used to open a “Collaborative Community Office,” where programs and/or organizations without a site could meet, store materials, and plan activities.
Peace Postures for Children, 1997
With the help of TRCF’s Carol Sharon Endowment, Peace Postures for Children taught a curriculum at East Hills School that integrates themes of self-identity, community, conflict resolution, peace-making and heroism with structured arts learning. Second- and third-graders created their own peaceful world through hands-on artistic exploration, culminating in a performance art production.
Pennley Park Tenant Council, 1997
TRCF funded a project to bridge the division at Pennley Park between existing management, proposed new management of the Pennley Park Tenant Council and the tenants. The new council and its newsletter serve as the voice of residents as they deal with construction and relocation.
Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy, 2008
The PCWPPP, in collaboration with New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, launched the Voice Your Vote campaign to cultivate the habits of citizenship and enhance leadership skills among young women. They identified, cultivated, and placed young women in community-based internships so they could gain experience during the campaign season and build their real-world political knowledge.
Pennsylvania Peace Links, 1995
Using middle and high school students as puppeteers, Pennsylvania Peace Links brought the message of conflict resolution to area pre-school and elementary schools. The puppet show was based on “The Tree House,” a donated story written by Lois Lowry.
Pennsylvania Prison Society, Allegheny County Chapter, 2000
TRCF funds helped to update the Help! I’m Free! Guide, a listing of agencies and services directed to ex-offenders returning to the community, which includes housing, job search, counseling services, health care and legal services.
Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, 2017 (also 2010)
By partnering with the Clarence Darrow Foundation, PADP used a TRCF grant to bring a unique and inspirational theater and education project to the Pittsburgh Community. The play integrated arts with community organizing to help attract, education, and recruit new members to the anti-death penalty movement. In 2017, they continued on this theme by conducting a storytelling tour featuring those who have been impacted personally by the death penalty.
People Against Police Violence, 2004 (also 2003)
This organization hosts marches, speakouts, public meetings, and letter-writing campaigns to let the public know about police violence. TRCF funds helped them produce fact sheets and purchase supplies for marches.
People for the American Way Foundation, 2007
The PFAWF used its funding for its Western Pennsylvania Democracy Campaign, aiming to increase civic participation in the region’s African-American, Hispanic, and other disenfranchised communities in addition to building public awareness and engagement about the need for a fair and working election system.
People for a Better Community, 2001 (also 1998)
TRCF funding is for speakers from other self-advocacy groups to help members in furthering the group’s mission to eliminate negative stereotypes and discrimination against people who have been labeled developmentally disabled.
People’s Voices, 2009
Organized primarily by United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, the Institute for Policy Studies, and The Nation magazine, People’s Voices events, held during the Group of 20 Economic Summit (September 24-25), included panel discussions, public conversations, and a public tribunal, which charged the G-20 with violating all 33 parts of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
The Peoples’ Summit, 2009
This multi-day conference held right before the Group of 20 Economic Summit (September 24-25, 2009) was created by a broad partnership of educators and social justice groups, and featured panels, speakers, and workshops on a wide range of issues (poverty, racism, war, environment, human rights, activism, etc.).
Persad Center, 2014 (also 2009, 2011, 2013)
Persad used its 2009 grant to build its After School Program for LGBTQ youth, who acquired negotiation skills and received leadership training, which will empower a new generation of community activists.
Phyllis Wheatley Literary Society, 1998
This organization provides career/motivational workshops for junior and senior high school students.
Pitt Campus Women’s Organization, 2000
TRCF helped to fund a delegation of 45 campus women to participate at the Feminist’s Expo 2000 in Baltimore, March 31-April 2, 2000.
Pittsburgh American Indian Center (PAIC), 1994
PAIC is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Native American and to helping all people discover their great heritage. With a TRCF grant, PAIC sponsored a communal cultural event for native and non-native people featuring native dance, folklore, spiritual awareness, native foods and speakers on the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse.
Pittsburgh Anti-Sweatshop Community Alliance, 2010 (also 2006, 2009)
PASCA used TRCF funding to create educational materials to be used at workshops and events surrounding the 2006 All Star Game at PNC Park. They passed out the information to spectators, informing them of the conditions in sweatshops that are used to produce Major League Baseball items, and encouraging them to request the Pittsburgh Pirates to put pressure on MLB to end the use of sweatshops. In 2009, they received a Special Opportunities Grant to host meetings with local city and university personnel to discuss sweatshop issues, including ways to phase out the purchase of sweatshop-made materials.
Pittsburgh, Beijing & Beyond, 1995
Using TRCF funds, Pittsburgh, Beijing ‘95 & Beyond continued to educate and increase public awareness of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women and developed a Platform of Action for Pittsburgh in conjunction with a network of women’s and other organizations.
Pittsburgh Bill of Rights Defense Campaign, 2003
This group is working towards repealing all or portions of the USA PATRIOT Act. A two-part project, they intend to first persuade Pittsburgh City Council to pass a resolution against the Act, and then to do a public education campaign about the Act and what it entails.
Pittsburgh Campaign for Democracy Now, 2003
This group is working towards getting the daily radio program called “Democracy Now,” hosted by Amy Goodman, to be carried on a Pittsburgh radio station.
Pittsburgh Campaign for a New Tomorrow, 1995
This organization took a delegation of working-class and low-income people to New York for the May 6 National Day of Protest Rally aimed at educating people on the implications of the Contract with America.
Pittsburgh Cares, 2008
Pittsburgh Cares launched the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy with their grant. PYLA is designed to build bridges across the region between high school youth from suburban, urban, and rural communities while empowering them to take action in areas where they want to see change. PYLA equips youth with the training necessary to problem solve, speak out, and motivate and lead others into action.
Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, 2018
Grant funds were used to educate community and arts organizations, as well as service providers, about accessibility, autism competence, and disability rights. They were able to provide these trainings for free or at discounted rates for organizations that otherwise could not afford them.
Pittsburgh Coalition to Counter Hate Groups, 2002 (also 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000)
Formed in 1979 to counter KKK recruitment in the Pittsburgh area, the coalition provides technical assistance to communities experiencing hate activities, trains citizens in victim assistance work, provides educational programs and works in cooperation with police and other law enforcement entities. TRCF funds were used in 2002 to print the “Stop the Hate” resource guide.
Pittsburgh Committee for Black Radical Congress, 2003 (also 1998)
Funding went to host a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program on the Black Farmer in America. Speakers also touched on topics such as reparations, political prisoners, and prisoners of war.
Pittsburgh Committee for Comprehensive Peace in the Middle East, 1991
This group went to Washington, D.C., to urge a peaceful solution to the Persian Gulf Crisis.
Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition, 2006
PDEC brought in Capt. Brian Steidle with a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant, so he could speak at the University of Pittsburgh on the atrocities he witnessed while in Darfur, Sudan. He also was available to meet with student leaders of Darfur coalitions started at many local high schools, to discuss what more students could do to help stop the genocide.
Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival, 2010 (also 2009)
The Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival’s mission is to highlight the Asian cultures in the Pittsburgh region and to promote intellectual understanding between the East and the West in a fun way. They used Special Opportunity Grant funds to help with costs associated with moving the festival from September to May, to correspond with Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
Pittsburgh Feminists for Intersectionality, 2020
PFI was formed to educate allies in the grassroots community on issues surrounding intersectional identity, primarily race, gender, disability, and class. Their grant will cover the costs of teach-ins with ASL interpretation for allies about issues surrounding the Black community.
Pittsburgh Festival Opera, 2017
A Gathering of Sons is a new opera that addresses issues of race and social injustice, seen through the prism of police brutality against Black Americans. The opera was followed by talkback sessions to engage audiences to express their opinions and invite further action.
Pittsburgh Healing Weekend, 2001 (also 1996, 2000)
The weekend features the latest information on HIV/AIDS treatment and resources, and provides a time for networking and connecting with others affected by HIV/AIDS.
Pittsburgh Independent Media Center/Rustbelt Radio, 2009
PIMC used its funds to expand their community outreach and trainings to new community organizers, with the goal of producing independent, news radio reports on local and global issues of concern for residents of the Greater Pittsburgh area. They also used part of their funds to have a web-based stream going 24/7 during the G-20 summit and surrounding activities.
Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network, 2001 (now Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network)
Members of PIIN, a faith-based community organization created to undertake community organizing and issue advocacy, are attending leadership training to acquire the skills and theory to become effective in community organizing.
Pittsburgh Labor Action Network (PLANTA), 1999 (also 1996, 1997)
TRCF grants helped support the Sweatshop Education Project to educate and activate teachers and students in Pittsburgh-area schools on sweatshop and child labor issues. Foundation funding also helped to support distribution of a newsletter highlighting labor rights violations and fostering cross-border organizing efforts in the area.
Pittsburgh Mediation Center, 2006 (also 1993, 1994, 1995)
The center teaches skills for resolving conflicts, enabling people to use those skills in their regular interactions with other individuals or groups. TRCF grants have gone to train low-income people as community mediators, and to train local youth in peer mediation skills to reduce violence in low-income and minority communities.
Pittsburgh Peace Institute, 1997 (also 1991, 1992)
The institute served as an educational resource on nonviolent conflict resolution and disarmament, as well as role model appreciation and sensitivity to cultural diversity. A handbook funded in part by a TRCF grant focused on helping adults understand and reinforce the principles of nonviolence.
Pittsburgh People’s Quincentennial, 1991
This project educated residents about the violence of the European colonization of this hemisphere and the long-lasting negative effects of racism on Native Americans.
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, 2005
The Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival showcased locally written and produced one-act plays with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender themes. It drew gay and straight participants, across races, in the local theater community, and coincided with PrideFest.
Pittsburgh Poster Project, 2016
The PPP is a collaboration of artists, organizers, and educators using art and cultural work to disrupt and support resilient alternatives to structural racism, gentrification, the extractive economy, worker exploitation, and environmental injustice. This project created a piece dismantling the myth of “the New Pittsburgh.”
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, 1998 (also 1997)
TRCF supported a multicultural outreach project by the PTLL. The goal was a more diverse experience for children who play at PTLL and the adults who supervise them.
Pittsburgh Transportation Equity Project, 2005
TRCF funds were used to support stipends for two high-school student interns with PTEP. Through training, they became Youth Organizers for the Transit Riders Union Evolving (TRUE), and initiated contact with various community organizations and orchestrated a voter registration drive.
Pittsburgh Transsexual Support Group, 2005
Funds were used to host a day-long conference on transgender issues, and to hold the Pittsburgh Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony.
Pittsburgh United, 2007
Pittsburgh United is dedicated to ensuring that development brings benefits to neighborhoods. The funds received allowed them to include voter registration and engagement to their ongoing grassroots organizing. Activities included door-to-door canvassing, mass meetings, phone banking, and collaborations.
Pittsburghers for Public Transit, 2020 (also 2016, 2017, 2018)
PPT is a grassroots organization of transit riders, workers, and residents who keep the public in mass transit by mobilizing communities to advocate for equitable, affordable, and sustainable transportation systems. They have expanded to include affordable housing as one of their concerns, as gentrification frequently pushes people outside of transit corridors.
Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns, 1994
The organization used a 1994 grant to establish a speakers bureau for congregations interested in exploring the issue of sexuality and the church. These programs attempted to enlighten the minds of participants to eventually change the policy of the church to one of full inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons.
Prevention Point Pittsburgh, 2005 (also 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)
This outreach project provides community education and advocacy around needle exchange programs, including informational hearings before the Board of Health and Pittsburgh City Council. They provide injection equipment to area injection drug users in order to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases. They also run the Overdose Prevention Project, instructing individuals on how to recognize and treat drug overdoses.
Prime Stage Theatre, 2012
PST received funding for bringing their play “Everything is Fine” to schools and community organizations that have limited budgets. The play, written, designed, produced, and presented by PST’s teen board, explores issues of teen dating violence, based on both local and national incidents.
Project for Economic Renewal of Communities, 1989
This project was a joint effort of the Morgan Public Housing Project Tenants Council, the Steel Heritage Task Force, the Braddock Housing Task Force and the Rainbow Kitchen for the development of several community activities.
Project Rediscovery-North Side, 1998
This after-school tutoring and counseling program for Manchester elementary school children includes a cultural enrichment element in its program.
Proud Haven, 2017
Proud Haven created a Youth Advisory Council to discuss and address pressing issues of concern to LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, in addition to providing input on PH’s programs and activities to ensure they are inclusive of youth perspectives.
Put People First! PA, 2020
PPF is a state-wide organization for and led by poor and working-class people who believe that our basic needs are our human rights. The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign aims to gain quality, comprehensive, and free at the point of service healthcare for all in PA.
QED Accountability Project, 1993
This project rallied people in Southwestern Pennsylvania to join in a nationwide effort to force public broadcasting stations to be more responsive to local programming needs. Representatives succeeded in sitting on QED committees and making recommendations with regard to board composition, committee structure and programming.
Rachel Carson Homestead Association, 2002 (also 1996)
Working in conjunction with the International Union of Painters and Related Trades DC57, the RCHA used funds to change the perception among workers and residents of the Allegheny River Valley that environmental concerns and labor issues are in conflict. They presented posters, flyers, and brochures to union members, other workers, and high school students.
Rainbow Alliance, 2003
This University of Pittsburgh student group is working to get the University to offer same-sex benefits to their employees, in addition to providing general resources on LGBTQ issues to the University population.
Rainbow Health Center (Rainbow Clinic), 1996 (also 1989, 1991)
Established in 1989 as a project of Rainbow Kitchen-Access to Health Care Project, this free health center in Homewood, Pa., offers physical exams, lab tests, routine screenings and preventive health care as well as educational health programs. A TRCF grant brought community residents, physicians and nurses together to develop and produce a Community Women’s Health Handbook.
Rainbow Rising, 2008 (also 2002, 2004, 2007)
Working with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton (Westmoreland County), Rainbow Rising provides a bi-monthly Coffee House for the LGBTQ community, consisting of entertainment and a forum for discussion. Their 2008 grant went towards marketing efforts to build community awareness of their programs.
Rankin Community Development Corporation, 1992 (also 1991)
This organization was begun in 1989 to focus on housing development and to educate the community on economic development possibilities for the area.
The Real Talk Performers, 2018 (also 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
The Real Talk Performers is an educational drama group of teens and youth in Washington County that address topics of social justice by creating and performing original dramas to educate teens and adults. Plays have included Alphabet Soup – LGBTQAI Redux, Fifth Shades of Social Justice, Debate Without Hate, and Ally!, and the teens also created a game (both board and web-based) to go along with Debate Without Hate, to foster civil discourse.
Red Road, Inc., 1997
TRCF provided funding for a conference in southwestern Pennsylvania with a goal of building a coalition of American Indians and non-Indians to promote social justice. Issues on the agenda included child welfare and American Indian education, the environment, substance abuse and treatment, treaty rights and sovereignty, poverty and self-sufficiency, and preservation of culture and spiritual practices.
Reel Q, 2017 (also 2002, 2004, 2010)
The (formerly known as) Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival provides a cultural event in the tri-state region designed to support LGBTQ artists and a needed cultural outlet for the LGBT community. In 2004, TRCF funds were used to cover the expenses for the Festival’s youth program, Reel Queer (RQ), which introduces youth to cinema arts in a safe drug- and alcohol-free environment. By 2017 they had renamed the entire group to Reel Q, and hosted a screening of “Ovarian Psycos,” a film about queer women of color in East Los Angeles who are redefining identity and building community through a raucous, irreverently-named bicycle crew.
Regional Coalition of Community Builders, 2004 (also 2002, 2003)
TRCF funds were used to underwrite the costs of 10 grassroots individuals to attend conferences on topics such as building leadership, alliances, stronger organizations, inclusive communities, and connecting communities to waterways.
Renaissance City Choirs/Pittsburgh Gay Chorus, Inc., 2006 (also 2001, 2002, 2004)
Working collaboratively with African American artists and community leaders, the choirs will explore African traditions in music and present them to a broader community while working to build bridges with the Pittsburgh Black gay and lesbian community. Funding has also gone specifically to the Women’s Choir to bring their message (gays and lesbians creating change through the power of music) to a broader geographic audience by performing in several smaller cities in southwestern Pennsylvania, and to a special performance to commemorate the crash site of Flight 93 in a September 11th, 2006, ceremony.
Resident Education & Action Project (REAP), 1998
Formed in 1996, REAP seeks to educate and organize residents of HUD Multifamily/Section 8 housing who are facing serious threats to the quality and affordability of their homes due to changes in federal housing policies.
Rights and Responsibilities, 2005
TRCF supported Part II of this organization’s Africana Human Rights Film Project, which entailed presenting the film “All Power to the People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond,” bringing the photo exhibit “Black Panthers 1968” for a two-month run, and presenting speakers.
River City Nonviolent Resistance Campaign, 1989
The campaign focuses on issues of nuclear waste and federal military spending.
River Wise, 2020
River Wise is creating a regional identity around rivers in Beaver County. The Global Green Design Challenge seeks public art projects that focus on sustainability. They will host community values discovery sessions. Funding went toward a videographer to capture the entire process.
Rock Against Racism, 2002
A project of the Thomas Merton Center, the Rock Against Racism is an annual concert that promotes racial reconciliation in Pittsburgh.
Saint Peter’s Church After School Music Program, 1992
The program primarily for African American youth, 9 to 11 years old, uses a music therapy process to promote peaceful conflict resolution and to provide children with positive “experience in structure, self-organization and relating to others.” TRCF helped with the purchase of musical instruments.
Save Our County and Regional Environmental Alliance (SOC), 1993 (also 1992)
Founded in 1982 in response to the proposed siting of a hazardous waste facility in East Liverpool, Ohio, SOC has focused on educating the community and public officials on environmental issues. TRCF funded the alliance’s newsletter, which connects the organization with hundreds of groups and individuals fighting similar environmental battles in the region.
Save Our Transit, 2006 (also 2005)
This project of the Thomas Merton Center used TRCF funds to take supporters to Harrisburg to lobby for the passage of Senate Bill 1162 and House Bill 2697, which, if passed, will fix the structural deficiencies of public transit. They also purchased “I Vote for Public Transit” stickers to be passed out to bus riders and other stakeholders of public transportation, to make the need for public transportation funding visible to candidates as well as people voting for them.
Scholar Warrior Journal, 1995
This nonprofit, nonpartisan magazine of progressive political thought used a 1995 grant to increase visibility and sales of the magazine and work toward establishing a fund to aid victims of violence.
Seeds of Hope, 2013
Their grant was to assist in the production and distribution of “Our Way Home,” a student-produced documentary about nine veterans and their transition home after various wars, addressing issues of mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and economic justice.
Shalom Planning Committee, 1993
Since 1986, when members of the Mennonite and Presbyterian communities began meeting together as a committee, several conferences addressing an interdenominational approach to peace and diversity issues have been held in southwestern Pennsylvania. A TRCF grant provided scholarships for low-income individuals to attend the conferences.
Sharps Terrace Resident Council, 1993
The Sharps Terrace Resident Council represents low-income residents in a public-housing complex who converted an abandoned lot into a community garden, producing more than 1,000 pounds of produce in the first year. In conjunction with the local school district, the community garden is grown organically and used to teach children their role in maintaining a healthy environment.
Sheldon Park Resident Council, 1996
Members of this committee focus on learning skills that fulfill the needs of their community, such as budgeting, financing, decision-making, fundraising and problem-solving. The committee works closely and shares resources with the Sheldon Park Resident Council, Housing Authority and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Sideline Racism, 2020
Sideline Racism was founded by students at Taylor Allderdice High School students in June 2020 to
eliminate racism in high school athletics. Teams, players, and coaches will be encouraged to make public statements denouncing racism, create posters about it, make announcements at games, and take disciplinary measures against players and spectators who commit racist acts. As teams complete these actions, they will get armbands to wear that say “Sideline Racism.”
Sisterhood, an organization in Fairywood comprised of women, 90 percent of whom are single heads of household, offers weekly educational workshops and a mentoring program for pre-teen to young adult females and their parents or guardians.
Sisters of St. Joseph’s Foster Care Program, 1997
A multi-media resource center for foster parents, initiated by Sisters of St. Joseph’s Foster Care Program, builds the capacities of community members to respond effectively to needs of abused and neglected children. The TRCF investment in this project affects the lives of more than 3,000 children currently in Allegheny County’s foster care system, as well as future foster children.
Society Against Drugs, 1991
SAD developed when citizens in the Lincoln-Larimer (East Liberty) section of Pittsburgh began to organize themselves to combat the growing drug problems in their neighborhoods. They aimed to reduce the risk to youth by building coalitions with all elements of the community.
Society for Cultural Exchange, 2015
The Land Art Generator Initiative introduced youth to skills that will help them excel in the emerging solar and wind energy economies. 30 Homewood youth participated in and Art+Energy Summer Camp, where they worked together to create a public art project that utilized solar panels and generated renewable energy for the neighborhood.
Southbank Industry Association, 1989
This educational and advocacy association brought an open forum to the South Side community of Pittsburgh on the reopening of the LRV/J&L Electric Furnaces.
Southwest Pittsburgh Community Development Corporation, 1991
This association provided organizing and advocacy skills to grassroots groups in the community.
Southwest Westmoreland County Unity Coalition, 1998
This group organizes community-based responses to local hate groups and spreads its message through newsletters, forums and unity events as well as activities for youth in area schools.
Southwestern Pennsylvania Alliance of HUD Tenants, 2000
Funding to help strengthen Section 8 tenant councils and organize community residents by providing training in tenant/landlord relations, housing restructuring and organizational development.
Srishti Arts Collective, 2000
A TRCF Special Opportunity Grant helped to produce and perform a major dance-theater work, “Chitrangada,” based on an Indian story about gender roles, desire, honor and duty.
Stand for Children, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2001
Working to promote passage of the Act to Leave No Child Behind, Pittsburgh Stand for Children pursued a postcard campaign to remind activists and communities about things they could do to lobby Congress.
Steel Valley Arts Council, 2003
TRCF provided funding to create a mural in Homestead using leftover tiles from the Three Rivers Arts Festival. The tiles were painted by community members and visitors, and then were installed along the Ann Street side of 301 East 8th Avenue.
Steel Valley Authority Regional Jobs Corporation, 2000 (also 1989)
This communications network reaches neighborhood groups from Swissvale to Dravosburg and helps mobilize labor, community, legislative and religious activists to support alternative economic development policies.
Stop the FTAA Campaign, 2004
TRCF funds were used to bring the Ruckus Society to Pittsburgh for a weekend of intensive trainings to help local activists develop the skills they need to organize most effectively around local issues.
Strength, Inc., 1996
Founded in May 1994 to address drug and alcohol problems in Wilkinsburg, this organization has grown to offer services and support to substance abusers as well as troubled youth and their families. The organization also encourages community and economic development in the area.
Student Coalition Against Poverty and Hunger, 1997
Teenagers from 10 Allegheny County high schools built student awareness of poverty issues, volunteered in community food assistance programs and engaged in advocacy activities about policy in a Student Coalition Against Poverty and Hunger. The new coalition, funded 60 percent by TRCF, implements a spring educational, policy advocacy or group volunteer activity involving at least 30 students. A fall interscholastic conference attracted 75 or more. Schools each sponsor a hunger awareness program, a fundraiser, an assembly for hunger education or a campaign for petitioning or letter writing about a policy issue.
Student Environmental Action Coalition, Pittsburgh (SEAC), 1998
SEAC is a membership-based, grassroots, student-led regional organization that is dedicated to achieving social and environmental justice. Mid-Atlantic SEAC focuses on local and regional issues that affect environmental and social conditions, working closely with community groups on issues ranging from deforestation to environmental racism.
Student Hunger Action, 1998
This coalition of high school students is working to fight hunger in our community and seeks a wider community forum in order to involve students in government decisions on hunger and poverty policies.
Students in Solidarity, 2003 (also 2001, 2002)
The University of Pittsburgh group used funds for operations and for various organizing campaigns on campus and in the Pittsburgh community.
Support Helps Others Use Technology (SHOUT), 2005
Funds were used to host the Pittsburgh Employment Conference for Augmented Communicators, helping them with costs associated with mailings, website communication, and other assisted technology conferences and conference calls.
Sustainability Pioneers, 2015
The “My Climate Future” youth video project asks students what their thoughts and feelings are about the current state of climate change. Students were taught about climate justice, video shooting, research, script writing, editing, and more, and edited their own stories. Funds also supported a teacher professional development workshop, including the production of a guide for teachers to implement the video project in their own schools.
Symposium on the Great Steel Strike of 1919, 1994
A TRCF Special Opportunity Grant was given to the organizers of this symposium commemorating the 75th anniversary of the strike, which included presentations from labor, ethnic, minority and historical groups.
Take Action Mon Valley, 2020
TAMV addresses all forms of community violence through activism and organizing. Working through local chapters, TAMV addresses community complaints, youth issues and organizing, local government accountability, and creates trainings and action plans.
Theatre of the Oppressed, Pittsburgh, 2019
Theatre of the Oppressed Pittsburgh uses theatre to get youth involved in exposing and combating oppression. Funds went to workshops with educators and youth, a public performance at the end of the sessions, and curriculum development.
Thomas Merton Center, 2020 (also 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003)
The center is a widely used resource to groups working for environmental, economic, racial and social justice in Pittsburgh. Projects supported by TRCF include a series of forums on racism; distribution of the Peace, Justice and Ecology Directory; the Citizens Budget Campaign; hosting speakers on various social justice causes; and the Youth Arts & Advocacy Project, making connections between advocacy, art and activism.
Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee, 2009
TRCF funds went to supporting the committee’s mass march, centered on the theme “Money for Human Needs, Not War!” This march, held during the last day of the Group of 20 Economic Summit, was the largest peace march in Pittsburgh (8,000+) since the time of the Vietnam War.
Three Rivers Earth Force, 2010
TREF used a grant to support the engagement of 5th to 8th grade youth as the “eyes and minds,” as well as the “hands and feet,” of environmental change in Wilkinsburg. The students embarked on a youth-led Community Action and Problem Solving process, intended to change community policies and practices for the better when it came to environmental justice.
THRIVE of Southwest Pennsylvania, 2016
Pride Prom is an alternative prom held at the Warhol that offers an alternative and far more inclusive space than heteronormative/gendered traditional prom events. The funds went towards supporting the Youth Planning Committee.
Together Strong, 1994
Together Strong, a group of women from the Northview Heights Housing Community, received a TRCF grant to continue their work of rebuilding trust among the members of their neighborhood. These families are working on their own now to stimulate their children’s interest in school, obtain their GEDs, improve their employment situations and overcome chemical dependence.
Transforming the Health of African American Women (T.H.A.W.), Inc., 2020
THAW’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for African American women and the communities they live in. Funds will operate the Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar Health Assessment Project to develop effective, culturally-specific programs and initiatives.
Tree Pittsburgh (formerly Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest), 2012 (also 2008)
FPUF used its grant to implement programming in Homewood that empowered and engaged residents to increase tree canopy cover and improve the health of existing trees so that the community could experience the full benefits that trees provide.
Tri-State Conference on Manufacturing (formerly Tri-State Conference on Steel), 1992 (also 1989, 1991)
Founded in 1979 to seek constructive alternatives to the massive withdrawal of corporate investment from the steel and manufacturing industries in the region, this organization developed an early warning network to enable labor, civic and community groups to identify signs of potential plant closings and provide such groups with information on creating alternatives to shutdowns.
Ultimate Summer League, 1997
This joint project between the Lincoln Ultimate League and the Pittsburgh Ultimate Summer League brings together youth from these neighborhoods for a day of healthy competition and cultural exchange.
Union Project, 2018 (also 2016, 2017)
Based on the Union Project’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day annual celebration, they launched the Creative Conversation Series in 2016. This series includes monthly art-infused conversations that result in social change actions that participants can perform, and then report back on at subsequent sessions.
United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh, 2008
UCP calculated that only about half of all people with disabilities, who make up 18 percent of the population, are registered to vote. Their project worked to change that statistic by registering voters, conducting voter education events, and providing direct assistance and information about voting to people with disabilities in Allegheny County.
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) Research & Education Fund, 1996 (also 1995)
The UE has been on the cutting edge of the effort to establish meaningful relationships between U.S. and Mexican workers. TRCF grants helped the UE’s Education Fund sponsor delegations of Mexican workers to Pittsburgh to participate in an exchange program designed to further communication between U.S. and Mexican workers.
Urban Farming Initiative, 2005
TRCF Special Opportunity Grant funds were used to develop a logo to provide a lasting visual impression of the group.
Veterans for Peace, Inc., 2004
VFP used TRCF funds to distribute 625 copies of the book Addicted to War to libraries and teachers in the inner city and other economically deprived public schools in the Pittsburgh area. They also simultaneously offer veterans as guest speakers. The books will help students to critically think and better weigh a military recruiter’s efforts, which heavily target economically deprived students.
Voice of Westmoreland, 2020
VOW is a grassroots, people-powered organization working to make Westmoreland County a better place to live for all. They focus on issues that are important to residents of Westmoreland County: healthcare, clean air and water, living wages, racial justice, education, and fair government. Grant funds launched a capacity building and leadership development program in Arnold and New Kensington. The two goals of the program are to hold elected leaders accountable to issues that impact Black residents, and to create an intergenerational cohort between Black community leaders and youth activists.
Voices for a New Tomorrow, 2004
TRCF funds were used to contract with a community organizer/facilitator to complete the work of defining goals and objectives for Voices – a coalition of LGBTQ groups and individuals. This group is an off-shoot of the Community Needs Assessment conducted in 2002 by Persad Center, Inc., the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Minority Health, and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
VotePA Education Fund, 2020
VotePA is a nonpartisan group that holds the belief that every American has the right to vote in
free and equal elections, and has the right to have that vote counted accurately as cast. Grant funds went to inform voters of changes to voting procedures for 2020, and to recruit new pollworkers for the 2020 general election in November.
Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, 2015 (also 2014)
The WCGSA conducted research into pre-existing course curricula for first-responders that address LGBTQ individuals’ needs. Using this, they developed a training course, including a new curricula, and hosted community and hospital trainings to better educate first responders and medical personnel on creating safe and respectful treatment for the LGBTQ community.
Welcome Center for Immigrants and Internationals, 2008
The Welcome Center used funds to increase votership among legal immigrants through developing and distributing materials in many languages, educating foreign-born people on their voting rights, and assisting their clientele in getting registered to vote and locating their voting precincts.
West End P.O.W.E.R., 2020
WEP’s Criminal Justice Reform’s Powered Up Program will empower communities affected by over-incarceration by providing support to returning citizens and their families and advocating against structural discrimination of formerly incarcerated/returning citizens and the mass incarceration of people of color. The program provides returning citizens with support as they re-enter society, leadership development, educational opportunities, and advocacy training.
Western Pennsylvania Black Political Assembly, 2013
The WPA BPA used its grant to launch the Delegate Precinct Organizing Project. This developed a model for Black community organizing that recruited delegate members from predominantly Black wards in Allegheny County to develop, update, advocate, and fight for a social justice agenda.
Western Pennsylvania Coalition Against the Death Penalty, 1998 (also 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996)
In 1984, as the state began to prepare the execution chamber at Rockview Penitentiary, WPCADP was formed to protest planned executions and to educate the public. The organization also promotes the creation of student groups that work to abolish the death penalty.
Western Pennsylvania Coalition to Close the School of the Americas, 2004 (also 2001, 2001)
TRCF funds helped representatives of the coalition attend the annual mass protest against SOA at Fort Benning, Georgia, in addition to extending the organization’s reach to areas outside the city of Pittsburgh by hosting educational programs (lectures, films, and concerts) in southwestern Pennsylvania. The coalition further seeks “to grow a local movement to contribute to the nationwide education and advocacy around the School of the Americas (SOA) and the effort to have it shut down.”
Westgate Youth Leads Council, 1999
TRCF funds were used to create and distribute a quarterly youth-driven newsletter in the Westgate Village housing community.
Wilkinsburg Family Support Center Parent Council, 2018 (also 2008, 2009)
The WFSCPC organized 31 Family Support Centers and 10 other organizations to participate in the FAVORITE Campaign (Families Addressing Voting, Organizing Registration Informational Training Early). The funds were used to motivate participants to register and educate over 15,500 new voters. In 2009, the Center received funding to establish a Neighborhood Association, which encouraged residents to take ownership in their community by keeping it clean. Their 2018 grant supported their Wake Up the Vote program to increase voting turnout in Wilkinsburg.
The Wilkinsburg Sun, 2007
The Wilkinsburg Sun received a Special Opportunity Grant for its initial publication of this community newspaper.
The Wilkinsburg Update, 1999
TRCF supported the publication of an eight-page Wilkinsburg Voter’s Guide, which included local candidate profiles and general information on polling place and elections.
Wilkinsburg Youth Project, 2016
WYP is modeled after the Braddock Youth Project and brings together peer-to-peer mentoring and gardening. The Seedling Garden will be run by young folks in Wilkinsburg and will run through the summer.
Women of Color and Their Allies Summit, 1998
This joint effort of the East End and First Pittsburgh chapters of NOW (National Organization for Women) recruits participants from Pittsburgh for the summit.
Women for a Healthy Environment, 2015
WHE’s public workshops and community presentations raise awareness about chemicals found in everyday products, offer solutions for healthier food choices, and provide recommendations and instructions for making safer products and healthier homes. Funds implemented the Train the Trainer project, , recruiting women from East Liberty, the Hill District, Hazelwood, and Lincoln/Larimer to be workshop leaders, which allowed WHE to reach and impact a much larger audience.
Women for Racial and Economic Equality (WREE), 1994 (also 1989, 1993)
WREE began in 1986 as a “kitchen table” group of 4 to 6 women working to promote economic justice for women of all races and classes. It went on to provide a stimulus and forum for interactive discussion through the use of film, topical presentations, poetry and workshops.
Women’s Law Project, Western PA Office, 2004 (also 2003)
This newly-opened office of the Pennsylvania organization used TRCF funds to sustain and expand themselves, so they would be able to provide legal support for women dealing with inequitable laws, discriminatory public policies, and pervasive gender stereotyping.
Women’s Leadership & Organizing Project Alumni Association, 2002
The WLOP began as a project of Just Harvest, and the graduates founded the Alumni Association. The purpose is to identify and train women from lower income communities within Allegheny County as community leaders and advocates on social changes that affect their lives.
Women’s Resource Center, 2001
The center used TRCF funds for the development and distribution of a directory of resources for women and girls in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Women’s Work, 1998
Women’s Work Gallery offers a place for women to share with each other the realities of their lives through their art and writing. TRCF funded a website for the gallery to continue its work in cyber space after funding difficulties forced them to leave rented space.
Woodland Hills Academic Foundation, 2002
Woodland Hills School District was formed by a court order in 1981 to address issues of segregation in Pittsburgh’s east suburbs. TRCF funds were used to publish a special retrospective magazine to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the District.
Working Order, 1998
This cooperative of workers with and without disabilities exchanges expertise and shares resources to support micro-entrepreneurship.
Working Women with Disabilities Support Group, 2003 (also 1999, 2001)
The group, which advocates the hiring of women with disabilities, held an awards dinner to honor medical professionals who had exhibited compassion, caring, and exemplary knowledge and behavior when dealing with women with disabilities.
Youth Advocacy League, 2018 (also 2015)
Youth Advocacy League is based at Shaler Area High School. Their 2018 grant allowed them to host a county-wide, prevention-driven Gender and Sexuality Summit for local gender and sexuality alliances (GSAs) to attend, with speakers on changing health class curriculum, dealing constructively with conflict, stress management, and issues of gender and sexuality.
Youth Arts and Advocacy Project (Arts Challenge Against Racism), 1998
TRCF funds were used to bring together community activists, experienced and socially-concerned artists, and young artists in a series of interactive workshops realizing the powerful connection between advocacy and art and activism. Young artists will work with established artists who have brought their artistic vision to bear on crucial social issues. The goal of the workshops is to develop creative ways of addressing contemporary issues.
YouthBuild Pittsburgh Alumni Association, 2000
Graduates of YouthBuild provide mentoring, literacy training and recreational activities to young children in Homewood Brushton and surrounding communities. Funds will support the female mentoring program.
YWCA Center for Race Relations and Anti-Racism Training, 2002 (also 1997)
The Center for Race Relations and Anti-Racism Training hosts the annual Sister-to-Sister conference, which brings together a racially and economically diverse group of women for a day-long dialogue about racism. TRCF funds were used to support scholarships for low-income participants.