The mission of the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) is β€œto strengthen the community-based nonprofit organizations that potentially or demonstrably can assist African American and economically disadvantaged communities to identify their needs and take effective actions.”  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 disadvantaged communities in Pittsburgh and the region.

A partner since 1968, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania has provided over 10 million dollars in support to over three hundred organizations.  Eleven years ago, PACE redesigned its grant program into a capacity building program with the 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), and PNC Charitable Trust (2014-2017).

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. Building organizational capacity is a long-term, evolutionary process.

Prospective applicants should be mindful of the following dates:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

PACE Intensive Services Capacity Building Program--RFP Announcement

Friday, March 16, 2018

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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


If you are interested in applying to this program, please download and complete the letter of intent form by clicking the button below 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 from these organizations. 

All first time applicants must attend the information session on Tuesday, March 27th at 9:00AM to receive the program/grant application.