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Born out of the tragedy of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) formed over 40 years ago. The mission of PACE is 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.”

PACE has provided over $10 million in grants, as well as technical assistance, to over 300 nonprofit organizations in undeserved communities in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. As part of their mission, last week, PACE announced the kick off of the second cohort of their Strategic Action Planning Program.


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.

The Strategic Action Planning Program was designed and delivered with support from the Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation. It is the result of a multi-year collaborative effort among PACE, POISE Foundation, State Representative Jake Wheatley and the aforementioned funders.

To start the application process, please download their Letter of Intent here (.doc document). You will need to complete the form and send it to PACE according to the directions provided on page 4 of the document.

For additional information, please contact Sharon Jefferson at jefferson1212@comcast.net.

Prospective applicants should be mindful of the following dates:

Strategic Action Planning Program

February 9th:
Strategic Action Plan–RFP Announcement

February 23rd:
Letters of Intent due to PACE office

February 29th, 4:30-6:30pm:
Session I: Strategic Action Plan Informational Session (mandatory)

March 2nd, 8:00-10:00am:
Session II: Strategic Action Plan Information Session (mandatory)

March 21st (due to PACE office by 4:00pm):
Strategic Action Plan RFP Applications

April 11th and 12th, 4:00-7:00pm:
Panel Reviews for prospective participants