Heinz Endowments Announces $10 Million in Grants for Black-Led Arts and Cultural Organizations in Pennsylvania

Jason Phox / 90.5 WESA

The Heinz Endowments announced $10 million in new grants for Black-led arts and cultural organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday. The program is part of a Ford Foundation initiative infusing $156 million into Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous arts organizations across the country.

“It is a significant—probably the largest single investment that we’ve seen in Black cultural arts … ever coming from the foundation sector,” said Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant.

The Ford Foundation provided $5 million and the Heinz Endowments provided an additional $5 million in matching. The program, which is named Pittsburgh’s Cultural Treasures, will focus first on supporting Black cultural organizations. Some of the grants may range from $500,000 to $1 million and will pay out over multiple years.

Pittsburgh’s POISE Foundation, the oldest Black community foundation in America, will house the $5 million from the Ford Foundation and they will also partner to design and manage the grant program.

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SOURCE: 90.5 WESA, Susan Scott Peterson