Grants Office Update: May 2021

Principal Investigator: Shannon Wanless
Department: Office of Child Development
Project Title: Hazelwood Preschool Planning Grant
Agency Name: The Heinz Foundation

Award Dates: 1/1/21 – 12/31/21 
Amount: $29,500

The project is a Planning Grant for a Preschool in Hazelwood.


Principal Investigator: Megan Orman
Department: Office of Child Development
Project Title: Tomorrow Grant
Agency Name: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Award Dates: 3/1/21 – 5/31/21 
Amount: $600

To support organizing a cohort of literacy-focused organizations – which may include Family Centers (Hilltop and East Liberty), Literacy Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Reading is Fundamental, Trying Together, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development (The Pittsburgh Study) – to meet monthly or bimonthly and assess current literacy initiatives in Pittsburgh with the overarching goal of developing a broader, shared, impactful vision and an understanding of how the cohort may collectively meet the literacy needs and goals of children in the greater Pittsburgh region.


Principal Investigator: Aisha White
Department: Office of Child Development
Project Title: A World of PRIDE Supplement
Agency Name: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Award Dates: 3/1/21 – 8/31/21 
Amount: $80,000

Through a blend of interactive professional development for educators, classes with parents, dynamic arts festivals, and community engagement, the P.R.I.D.E. program fosters positive racial identity in Black children, aged 3 to 8, in the city of Pittsburgh.


Principal Investigator: Gina Garcia
Department: Educational Foundations, Organizations and Policy
Project Title: Hispanic Serving Institutions: Translating Research to Policy
Agency Name: New Venture Fund

Award Dates: 6/1/21 – 8/31/22 
Amount: $63,480

Gina Garcia was selected to be a member of Student Experience Research Network’s (SERN) 2021-2022 Midcareer Fellows Program cohort. The community of fellows will collectively bridge equity-centered research on the structures (i.e., practices, policies, and norms) that shape students’ experience of feeling respected as valued people and thinkers in school with current topics in federal and state policy. They will advance their knowledge about policymaking and how research is taken up in policy, provide input that influences the construction of the fellowship, network with colleagues who bridge research and policy, and develop deliverables that target both academic and policy audiences. The overall goal of the program is to support fellows to apply their leadership, vision, and research lens in service of developing new equity-centered and evidence-based narratives about federal and state policy topics that strategically target one or more policy intermediary audiences. Scholar Strategy Network is a key collaborating organization.