Heinz Endowment Grants

Heinz Endowments

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Next deadline: Aug 1, 2020

Later deadlines: Feb 15, 2021

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, Washington County, Westmoreland County Other eligible locations: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, Washington County, Westmoreland County Other eligible locations: Pennsylvania

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About this funder:



The Heinz Endowments is based in Pittsburgh, where we use our region as a laboratory for the development of solutions to challenges that are national in scope. Although the majority of our giving is concentrated within southwestern Pennsylvania, we work wherever necessary, including statewide and nationally, to fulfill our mission. That mission is to help our region thrive as a whole community, economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally, while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which we work. Our fields of emphasis include philanthropy in general and the disciplines represented by our five grant-making programs:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children, Youth & Families
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment

With grant making that averages $60 million annually, the Endowments ranks among the 50 largest foundations in the country. While most of our grants go to organizations and programs in southwestern Pennsylvania, our size compels us to use the region as a laboratory to develop solutions to problems that are national in scope. Still, for the issues covered in each of our program areas, the needs far exceed available resources. 

Strategic Areas

Goals & Strategies for our three Strategic Areas:



A creative Pittsburgh would be a place where creative organizations and individuals thrive, are recognized, and contribute to the quality of life; where citizens of all ages, races, ethnicities, and identities have opportunities to actively participate in a creative life; where communities and neighborhoods are distinctive, beautiful and are places that people want to be; where creativity is recognized as an important characteristic of the region and contributes to its economic well-being. Understanding that a value for equity means that we have to address disparities, we place a particular emphasis on supporting the arts experiences for those who have historically received fewer benefits from Endowments funding.


  • Creative Citizens - Create an environment where Pittsburgh residents, especially children and youth, have access to a creative life.
  • Creative Organizations and Artists - Ensure that Pittsburgh has a thriving ecology of cultural organizations, artists, and creative professionals who make creativity their life’s work.
  • Creative Places - Advance design excellence, public art and sustainability to ensure that Pittsburgh’s many neighborhoods and public spaces are beautiful and reflect the culture of residents.

Learn more about the Creativity Strategic Plan here



At the Heinz Endowments, Learning’s funding strategies will create conditions toward equitable opportunities for each and every child and their family living in targeted neighborhoods. By focusing on family and child well-being, education and workforce readiness, The Endowments partners with communities to build on their strengths and resourcefulness, to affirm existing strategies and to inspire, seed and incubate new ideas designed for all to thrive.


  • Family and Child Well-Being - supports children as they grow, imagine and create
  • Holistic Education - supports child, adolescent and adult learning from birth through post secondary
  • Workforce Readiness -connects school and industry to help launch career pathways

Learn more about the Learning Strategic Plan here



A just Pittsburgh is a sustainable Pittsburgh, where economic and community development protect and benefit people and the environment. In a just Pittsburgh, zip code should not determine life outcomes, nor should large segments of our population be left behind in poverty as segments of our community benefit. The Endowments will improve the economic position of marginalized populations, advance a “clean” economy that benefits the environment and pursue equitable development in our neighborhoods. The Endowments will also reduce disparities in our community related to environmental health, access to healthy foods and the treatment of military veterans.


  • Advance an Inclusive Economy - Improve people's economic position through higher wages, family-sustaining employment & entrepreneurship.
  • Clean Economy - Advance a clean economy with renewables, green infrastructure and energy efficient/climate-friendly solutions.
  • Equitable Development - Pursue socially just economic opportunity so that distressed neighborhoods thrive without displacing vulnerable residents.
  • Environment & Health - Restore and protect Pittsburgh’s environmental systems, and enhance its public health.
  • Food Systems - Promote community health and vitality through sustainable food systems, especially in food deserts.
  • Military Veterans - Create communities where military veterans and their families are welcomed, valued and understood.

Learn more about the Sustainability Strategic Plan here

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The foundation funds organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a) of that code. 


  • The Heinz Endowments concentrates its efforts and resources in southwestern Pennsylvania.


  • Given its primarily regional focus, the foundation is generally unable to consider applications for funding for projects outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unless they have been specifically requested by the foundation.
  • Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding.