Drue Heinz standing next to sculpture.
View from the audience of Mr. Smalls Theater of conductor Steve Hackman during the presentation of "The Times They Are A-Changin'" by the Mendelssohn Choir. “The Times They Are A-Changin': The Music of Bob Dylan” presented by The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh with composer/conductor Steve Hackman at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale (Photo by Alisa Garin Photography).
Grant Oliphant smiling in conversation, seated behind a microphone. Joshua Franzos

Honoring the Life of Drue Heinz

"It is with great sadness that The Heinz Endowments announces the passing of our emeritus board member Drue Heinz. Drue served the Endowments before my time began here, so in some ways I feel unqualified to speak about her legacy. But she deserves for the President of this institution, which she served well, to acknowledge with deep gratitude her proud and fierce devotion to literature, poetry, art, artists and beauty. At a time when the arts became slowly more embattled in our culture, she held fast to the firm conviction that art makes us supremely human. Human creativity could have had no more stalwart champion. We are grateful for her years of service on our board, and for the ideas she shared. They live with us still." -- Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments

Read More

Greater Pittsburgh Small Arts Pilot Capitalization Program

Does true artistic freedom blossom best within a strict and carefully considered framework? With an aim of financial stability and resiliency, foundations including Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The Benter Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Henry L. Hillman Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation have committed a total $2.1 million toward the three-year Greater Pittsburgh Small Arts Pilot Capitalization Program. The arts groups selected for the innovative program are Attack Theatre, Bricolage Production Company, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Glass Center and Touchstone Center for Crafts.

Read More

"We Can Be"

Give your life a healthy dose of inspiration by listening or subscribing to The Heinz Endowments’ new weekly podcast “We Can Be.” Hosted by Endowments’ President Grant Oliphant, the podcast brings listeners thoughtful and informed discussions on local, national and global challenges, and showcases the work of nonprofits and regional institutions. The 20-episode season features leaders as they share the often moving, sometimes funny and always inspiring accounts of how they came to believe that together we can be a healthier, smarter, and more creative and just community.

Read More

Our Mission & Strategic Areas

The Heinz Endowments seeks to help our region thrive as a whole and just community, and through that work to model solutions to major national and global challenges. We are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we concentrate on advancing a sustainable future for our community and planet, successful learning outcomes for young people and their families, and a culture of engaged creativity for all our citizens.

Learn More


With grantmaking that averages almost $70 million annually, The Heinz Endowments is among the leading foundations in the United States. The impact of our grants lies in the possibilities they create, the critical need they address and the transformative change they help to bring about. Every grant listed here is part of that mission.

Apply For A Grant

Highlighted Grantee

Profile image of Kiran and Delilah against a black background City of Asylum at Alphabet City screens ReelQ Film Festival's "The Journey," starring Suhasini V. Nair and Shruthy Menon, on April 30. (Image credit: The Journey)
City of Asylum at Alphabet City presents ReelQ Film Festival

City of Asylum creates a thriving community for artists, writers, readers and neighbors, giving a safe haven to those who voice ideas that some may view as new, different or provocative. The nonprofit is a partner and venue for The Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society's ReelQ Film Festival. ReelQ's "The Journey" will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Alphabet City. Inspired by a true story, the film follows two young friends, Kiran, a Hindu, and Delilah, a Catholic, from their first meeting as young children to young adulthood, when they realize their love for each other. Click here for free registration.  

Learn more
h Magazine

A Community of We. In this special issue of h magazine, 29 Pittsburgh-area leaders describe how their work tries to build "a community of we," a place where unity, respect and justice are priorities, and all have the chance to live to their fullest potential.

Read More
CMU launches Metro21: Smart Cities Institute

Carnegie Mellon University has launched Metro21: Smart Cities Institute as a university-wide academic center for excellence in research, development and deployment in addressing 21st century challenges facing metro areas. At a launch event today (March 2, 2018), Farnham Jahanian, CMU’s Interim President, was joined by keynote speakers Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Chief Executive; Karina Ricks, Director Department of Mobility and Infrastructure at the City of Pittsburgh and Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments.

Learn more and read Grant Oliphant's remarks
Blog: Reflections

Endowments President Grant Oliphant describes how complaints in a Pittsburgh neighborhood about an artist’s billboard message declaring “There Are Black People in the Future” reveal this country’s inability to deal with race honestly and openly.

Read More
The Case for Healthier Homes

Mold magnified under a microscope can be a beautiful thing, with brilliant purple shapes overlapping like islands in a violet sea. Mold, lead and radon in homes are anything but lovely, however, and can lead to serious health issues. Heinz Endowments grantee CCI has received Pittsburgh Post-Gazette coverage for its research and report on how Pittsburgh area families can create healthier homes. CCI’s The Case for Healthier Homes outlines the findings, drawing on input from regional experts and national success stories alike. 

Read More
Photo courtesy of the Communications Network Communications for Troubled Times

Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, was a key speaker at the annual Communications Network conference in Miami in September. A former Board Chair of the Network, Mr. Oliphant addressed the subject: ‘True. Kind. Now. Communications for Troubled Times,’ urging social sector communicators to use their voices and speak up for their organizations’ values “in a time when we cannot afford to remain silent.”

Watch the speech or view the transcript

Notice to all Grantseekers!

We will begin a conversion of our online application system on June 4, 2018. Any applications currently in our system that have been started but not yet submitted will be lost after 12:01 a.m. on June 4. Unsubmitted applications will NOT be recoverable. The system will be closed for approximately two weeks, and you will not be able to submit or review anything during that time period. We anticipate the online application process will be available once again the week of June 18.

Apply online

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us through our online form with questions or comments.

Get In Touch