The Pittsburgh Cultural Treasures Initiative (PCTI)
Launched in 2021 The Pittsburgh Cultural Treasures Initiative (PCTI) is a collaborative effort between The Heinz Endowments, the POISE Foundation and Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE), in partnership with the Ford Foundation to “provide regionally significant cultural organizations of color with meaningful sums of operating support during this period of unprecedented upheaval, and to encourage related local efforts to strengthen cultural endeavors that reflect and benefit BIPOC communities over the next five years.” The initiative is guided by a diverse advisory group representing members of the local and national arts and cultural communities. In Phase I, the advisory group and Heinz granted $5 million to 16 Black led organizations in initial, unrestricted grants ranging from $150,000 to $1 million.
PACE will develop and manage Phase II of the initiative, which will provide learning opportunities, programming designed to increase organizational effectiveness or capacity, and grants.
Ideal candidates for the Capacity Building 1 program are organizations that:
– Are Black led arts and/or culture organizations situated in and serving the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Indiana, Lawrence, Westmoreland.
– 501 (c) 3 organization in good standing with the IRS or have a fiscal sponsor
– Have at least three unrelated board members; board includes elected president, treasurer and secretary
– Actual expense budget is greater than $50,000
– Organization has been in existence for at least three years
– Can provide 2-3 years of audited financial statements, form 990 and/or board approved financial statements