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“There is need for bold action on a cancer prevention strategy that is often overlooked.”

New Creative Development Awards for professional artists

The Heinz Endowments announces the Creative Development Awards grantmaking program, which shines a light on our region’s professional artists, with a particular focus on those whose artistic achievements show great promise. Apply for grants up to $35,000 each by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 22, 2021.

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Heinz Endowments Launches Pittsburgh’s Cultural Treasures

The Heinz Endowments has launched Pittsburgh’s Cultural Treasures, a $10 million southwestern Pennsylvania program that is part of America’s Cultural Treasures, a national initiative by the Ford Foundation to boost support to arts groups and cultural organizations representing communities of color across the U.S. Read the press release.

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“There is need for bold action on a cancer prevention strategy that is often overlooked.”

Fifty local physicians, researchers, community advocates and elected officials – including the Endowments and 20+ organizations they support - have signed a declaration calling for immediate action on cancer-causing pollutants in SWPA.

Read the Environmental Health News story by Kristina Marusic

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.

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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.

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h Magazine

This issue of h magazine opens with a story about The Heinz Endowments’ participation in the Ford Foundation’s initiative America’s Cultural Treasures, an effort to celebrate the achievements of cultural organizations representing historically marginalized populations and to increase the support they receive. Other stories in the magazine describe a Pittsburgh program supporting artists’ responses to the past year of crisis and protest, examine the economic impact of natural gas fracking in the tri-state region surrounding Pittsburgh, explore the growing philanthropic support for nonprofit media, and provide updates on child care and vaccinations at this stage of the coronavirus of pandemic.

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Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh initiative receives $2 million grant from MacKenzie Scott

The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh initiative – a joint program of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments – will receive $2 million in the latest round of grants by novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

Read the press release.
Free Webinar Series on Race + Disability

The FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments are co-sponsoring a series of webinars as part of a broader effort to address the intersection of race and disability. Please join us as we learn to face our history and move forward together in more just, fair and inclusive ways.

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Covid-19 Resources

Need information or help in dealing with Covid-19?  See United Way's resource page on the subject.

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Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette Study links more asthma cases to 2018 Clairton Coke Works fire

In the months following a 2018 Christmas Eve fire that knocked out pollution controls at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Clairton Coke Works, poor air quality caused the rate of outpatient and hospital emergency department visits by asthma sufferers in the area to nearly double.

Read the Post-Gazette story about the recent study that revealed these statistics.
Community Health Survey

What priorities would you like Allegheny County Health Department to focus on in the next 3 – 5 years? Let your voice be heard by taking their Community Health Survey today.

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