PACE | Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise

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Strategic Action Planning Program

Dear Friends of PACE,

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) is announcing the kickoff of our third cohort of the Strategic Action Planning Program. The program, designed and delivered with support from the Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, is the result of a multi-year collaborative effort among PACE, POISE Foundation, State Representative Jake Wheatley and these funders to strengthen the capacity of organizations led by, governed by, and serving African Americans.

The purpose of the Strategic Action Planning Program is to support the development of stronger, more resilient community-based nonprofit organizations. Specifically, grants through this program will support the efforts of ‘ready’ organizations to examine their mission and the environment in which they work in order to create a strategic action plan to achieve their goals.

Prospective applicants should be mindful of the following dates:

April 20th

Strategic Action Plan-RFP Announcement

May 1st

Letters of Intent due to PACE office

May 13th , 5:30-7:30 pm

Strategic Action Plan Informational Session (mandatory)

June 11th

Strategic Action Plan RFP Applications due to PACE office by 12:00 noon

*June 29th – July 2nd, 4:00-7:00 pm

Panel Interviews for prospective participants

Click Here to download the program’s Letter of Intent

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 4 of the document.

For additional information, please contact Sharon Jefferson at:

About PACE

In 1968, PACE began as a response to civil unrest in Pittsburgh. Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., PACE was created by forerunners of the United Way of Allegheny County in partnership with the Health and Welfare Association, the Allegheny Conference of Community Development, and key leaders to help the African American community meet its needs by supporting the growth and development of nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, PACE has provided over $10 million in grants and technical assistance to over 300 nonprofit organizations in isolated and neglected areas of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

In the beginning, PACE directed general operating support funds and project grants to grass roots organizations enabling them to grow and provide services. Community jewels we supported in their early years include: Kingsley Center, Pittsburgh Literacy Council, NEED, the Bidwell Cultural and Training Center (Manchester) and many more. Organizations such as Crossroads Foundation, Gateway Medical Society, Naomi’s Place, Brothers and Sisters Emerging, Hill Dance Academy Theatre and Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh are just a few of the organizations recently supported by PACE that are positioned to serve their communities effectively and meaningfully. For a period, PACE operated the PACE Opportunities Program (POP) that provided youth with after-school academic support and assistance in the pursuit of post-secondary education, vocational training and cultural enrichment.

Our Mission

To 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 action.

Our Vision

We envision a future where all residents of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region can draw upon stable, effective community-based assistance to strengthen their neighborhoods and improve their quality of life.

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