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Pittsburgh, PA 15219






RISE HIGH Grant Partnership Program

RISE HIGH (Racial Inclusive Solutions for Equitable-Development, Healing, Impact, Growth and Health) Grant Partnership Program – provides grants of $1,000 to $75,000 for community-based organizations, nonprofits, and collaboratives to support equitable and inclusive revitalization of  our communities through trust-based partnerships.

The RISE HIGH Grant Partnership Program provides awards ranging from $1,000 – $75,000 to support ideas that make the Pittsburgh area more equitable and inclusive. The program is open to nonprofit organizations and partnerships serving low-to-moderate income communities in Allegheny County but prioritized for our geographies of focus: the Hilltop, the Hill District, Larimer, Homewood, Wilkinsburg and Millvale. 

Click here for FAQs associated with submitting LOIs for RISE HIGH Grants.

Our Equity and Inclusion Statement: 

We center our work and investments to foster a more just, fair, and inclusive society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We emphasize the importance of racial equity –the condition achieved when one’s identity no longer statistically predicts how one fares. Racial equity is a part of racial justice and thus we work to address root causes of inequities and not just their manifestations.

Our Approach:

We pursue our mission to support the people, organizations, and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining healthy neighborhoods by using grantmaking as a vehicle. Each year, Neighborhood Allies fundraises to reinvest in our valued partners in the Community Development sector.

The goal of the RISE HIGH Grant Partnership Program is to form and solidify strategic partnerships and provide an opportunity for applicants to partner with Neighborhood Allies over a set period of time to achieve meaningful and measurable equity and inclusion results in Pittsburgh/Allegheny County.

As a funder, serving in the equitable development space, we will apply a trust-based lens towards our work where we share and cede power to our grantee-partners who are closer to the issues we seek to address. Together, we will collaborate with humility and curiosity as we acknowledge that no one has all the answers and that we cannot achieve our goals without listening and collaborating with others.

The priorities of this program are to 1) seed community development ideas that help transform neighborhoods with an equitable and inclusive approach.  2) support comprehensive community development strategies and partnerships that will dismantle inequities, improve neighborhoods, and enable all residents to enjoy a better quality of life. 3) Achieve alignment with one or more of the goals and objectives within our 3 Year Roadmap (please reference this document when submitting the LOI).

The RISE HIGH Grant Partnership Program was created in alignment with our 3-Year (2021-2023) Roadmap to achieve objectives and goals such as:

  • Deeper integration of racial equity, inclusion, and application of a social justice lens in everything we do both internally and externally
  • More strategic evaluation in building and deepening strong and inclusive partnerships, ensuring our value-add is clearly identified and demonstrated
  • Strategically invest financial, human, social, and intellectual capital into communities; build residents’ voices and trust, supported by collaborative partners with shared visions and work to leverage additional investments that transform communities

The RISE HIGH Grant Partnership Program consists of two funds 1) the Convergence Fund and 2) the Organizational Growth Fund 

1) The RISE HIGH Convergence Fund

  • Grant awards ranging from $15,000 – $75,000
  • Focus on Equity and Inclusion initiatives within the community development field in Pittsburgh/Allegheny County
  • Awards prioritized for projects/programs based in our focused geographies of: the Hilltop, the Hill District, Larimer, Homewood, Millvale and Wilkinsburg
  • Aligned with one or more of the goals and objectives within our 3 Year Roadmap
  • Clearly helps to move one or more of the needles on our Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Decision-making Process: Our larger grants are reviewed by our internal grantmaking team, Investment Advisory Committee, and our Board of Directors.

2) The RISE HIGH Organizational Growth Fund 

  • Grant awards $15,000 and under
  • Accepted on a rolling basis
  • For existing nonprofit organizations
  • Awards prioritized for Black and Brown-led community development organizations based in our focused geographies of: the Hilltop, the Hill District, Larimer, Homewood, Millvale and Wilkinsburg
  • Limited grant awards are also available to community development organizations based in Pittsburgh/Allegheny County looking to enhance levels of equity and inclusion within their organization and programs.
  • Organizational Growth includes a broad range of domains such as: Leadership, Management and Operations, Community Engagement, Program and Service Delivery, and Evaluation
  • Decision-making Process: Our smaller awards allow for more responsive grantmaking. These grants are approved by our internal grantmaking team and senior leadership, streamlining the decision-making process for grant seekers. Ideally, decisions are made within 60 days of submission.

We Will Not Fund:

  • Individuals
  • Political candidates/campaigns
  • Religious organizations for religious activities

How to Proceed with an Application: All RISE HIGH Grant Partnership applications and supplemental reports need to be submitted through one of the grant links below. 

Application Resources:

If you have questions or need more information about our RISE HIGH Grant Partnership Program, please contact: Shad Henderson and DeOndra Parker at

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