Heinz nonprofit says changes are coming to grant-making process

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 29, 2016 2:19 AM

Photo by Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvahia

(Pittsburgh) -- The Heinz Endowments has told Pittsburgh-area nonprofits that work on environmental and economic development issues that there are changes coming in the way the foundation gives out grants. 

A new strategic focus is planned that includes making the Pittsburgh area more sustainable with clean air and water initiatives, green and energy-efficient building, healthy food and services for veterans and military families. 

But the 86 leaders at a half-day forum at the Energy Innovation Center earlier this month weren't told how that would happen.

Instead, Grant Oliphant, the endowments' president, says he envisions foundations, nonprofits and government officials collaborating on critical issues. 

He said the new strategy means there may be fewer grants given out but the average grant size could grow. 

As a note of disclosure, the Heinz Endowments funds WITF's StateImpact Pennsylvania project, which focuses on energy and environmental issues.

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