Vibrant Pittsburgh and Urban Affairs Foundation Offer  Grants to Address Retention of Diverse Talent across Region’s Community-Based Organizations 

Two Western Pennsylvania champions of diversity — Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation, which is a part of the Community Relations Council (CRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh — have joined forces to implement this year’s Mini Grants Initiative: Retention of Diverse Talent. This fund will promote diverse communities in the Pittsburgh region. Each organization has committed $25,000 to create a $50,000 pool to fund projects that increase the civic engagement of diverse and immigrant communities. For the first time ever, two winning organizations will be awarded $25,000 each. This year’s theme is focused on retention of diverse talent in the city of Pittsburgh.

Sabrina Saunders Mosby, President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, said, “Accelerating the business community toward equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplaces and creating a future-forward region is vital work. We don’t have to do it alone. We collaborate with inclusion partners, like the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, to harness community engagement. Our joint efforts support the region becoming more just and equitable. By awarding two $25,000 grants this year, we aim to maximize overall impact and ensure a substantial, lasting effect, making a significant difference in the Pittsburgh region. This year’s grant focus on retaining diverse talent will support projects completing vital work in growing Pittsburgh’s diverse workforce through efforts to keep diverse talent moving within the region instead of leaving it.?

Laura Cherner, Director of the Community Relations Council (CRC), described the partnership between the Urban Affairs Foundation and Vibrant Pittsburgh. “The mission of the Jewish Federation’s Urban Affairs Foundation is ‘to foster amicable relationships among ethnic, racial, national, religious, and other groups in our community.’ We view this partnership with Vibrant Pittsburgh as a way to support diverse communities and their contributions to the vitality of the region.” Funding through the Vibrant Pittsburgh-Urban Affairs Foundation’s Retention of Diverse Talent initiative will be available to applicants selected through a competitive proposal process. Lead organizations must maintain a physical presence in the Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton Combined Statistical Area and have 501(c)3 non-profit status. Organizations can partner with other nonprofits, academic institutions, religious organizations, community groups, businesses and employee resource groups.

Projects eligible for funding should: 

  • Create opportunities for civic engagement that result in a more inclusive and engaged multicultural region, and
  • Be collaborative by engaging diverse communities, organizations, or partners.

The term of proposed projects should be at least one year. The grant awarded will be $25,000.

Grant application materials will be available starting Friday, June 30th, 2023. at Completed grant applications are due by Friday, August 4th, 2023 and should be submitted electronically at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s grantmaking portal: Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation will announce Mini Grant awardees in September 2023.

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

About Vibrant Pittsburgh

Vibrant Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth and economic competitiveness of the Pittsburgh region by engaging the region’s employers; attracting, retaining and elevating a diverse talent pool; and positioning the region nationally and internationally as an inclusive and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds. Vibrant Pittsburgh efforts and this Mini Grants initiative are made possible by Vibrant Pittsburgh Members; more information is available at

About Urban Affairs Foundation

The purpose of the Urban Affairs Foundation, part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Relations Council, is to promote the involvement of Jewish organizations and individuals in urban concerns. The Community Relations Council engages in public policy activities to promote harmonious relations and mutual understanding within and beyond the Jewish community and to support the State of Israel.

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