The mission of the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) is β€œto advance a more equitable community by increasing the capacity of individuals, groups, and organizations that challenge injustice.”  The organization is governed by a board of commissioners comprised of a diverse group of community stakeholders committed to providing support to the African American and communities that have been marginalized in Pittsburgh and the region.

A United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania partner since 1968, PACE has provided over 11 million dollars in support to over three hundred organizations.  Thirteen years ago, PACE redesigned its grant program into a capacity building program including an opportunity for an implementation grant. In 2011-2012, BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania joined PACE as an investing partner of this program. Additional supporting investors include McAuley Ministries (2013-2014), The Faulk Foundation (2014-2015), PNC Charitable Trust (2014-2018), and an anonymous donor.

The purpose of the Intensive Services Capacity Building program is to develop stronger, more resilient community-based nonprofit organizations to serve the community effectively and meaningfully.  Capacity building funds are designed to strengthen community-based nonprofit organizations by helping them improve internal governance and leadership, cultivate strategic community linkages, and develop financial and human resources for long-term stability. This program is one step in a long-term, evolutionary process to build sustainable organizational capacity. 

Prospective applicants should be mindful of the following dates:

Monday, February 25, 2019

PACE Intensive Services Capacity Building Program--RFP Announcement

Friday, March 8, 2019

Letters of Intent due to PACE office no later than 4:00pm

Friday, March 15, 2019 

PACE Intensive Services Capacity Building Program Informational Session (mandatory for new applicants only)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

PACE Intensive Services Capacity Building Program Applications due to PACE office by 4:00pm


If you are interested in applying to this program, please complete the form and send it to Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise according to the directions provided on page 2 of the document.

For additional information, please contact Peg Fiedler at or by phone at 412-562-0290 ext. 218 and Macy Lucas at or by phone at 412-562-0290 ext. 219. The program/grant application will be distributed to organizations after PACE has received completed and eligible letters of intent.

All first time applicants must attend the information session on Friday, March 15th at 9:00AM to receive the program/grant application.