Commencement 2012 – Diversity Center Graduation Party, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Illinois Springfield’s photostream

Vibrant Pittsburgh is an organization which helps to enable a more diverse workforce because they believe that a more diverse and talented workforce means a more vibrant future for the Pittsburgh region. They are currently accepting applications from qualifying nonprofit Affinity Groups in the Pittsburgh region for mini-grant funding. These grants have a value of up to $7,500. Affinity Groups may be community-based and university student organizations, as well as corporate initiatives and groups (i.e., Employee Resource Groups, ERGs) which bring together people with a common interest and/or background, including race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc.

According to their Request for Proposals (RFP), the grants will support projects that:

  • Increase the visibility of Pittsburgh’s diverse communities,
  • Help attract, welcome and retain diverse talent, and
  • Are implemented by Affinity Groups that represent diverse communities in the region.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EST on Friday, December 14, 2012. You can download an application here. You can also learn more about Pittsburgh-based Affinity Groups here. They even have a map of the more than 700 Affinity Groups representing diverse communities in the Pittsburgh Region.

Commencement 2012 – Diversity Center Graduation Party, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Illinois Springfield’s photostream