Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announces $325K in grants

Funding will assist programs that engage young people in history and provide transportation for job-related services

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 1 – The Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today a combined $325,000 in grants was awarded to the Heinz History Center and the Travelers Aid Society of Pittsburgh.

“Pittsburgh and Allegheny County has so much history to share with our younger generation,” said delegation Chair and state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. “The grant awarded to the Heinz History Center helps to support its mission in engaging young people in politics and history and encouraging them to become more active members within their communities.”

The Department of Education awarded the Heinz History Center, legally known as the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, a $75,000 grant for its America 101 initiative. The program is dedicated to ensuring that all western Pennsylvanians, and all Americans through the center’s work with the Smithsonian’s “Made By Us” initiative, understand the basic tenets of the country's political system and nation’s history. The History Center also offers school programs for students and teachers, public programs and digital content designed to make history and civics fun and relevant, particularly for young adults.

The Department of Human Services awarded the Travelers Aid Society of Pittsburgh a $250,000 grant for its Employment Transportation Assistance Program. ETAP removes the transportation barrier by providing a monthly bus pass for Allegheny County residents enrolled in a partner agency for employment-related services like job training, job search or job retention.

“The Travelers Aid for the ETAP program helps people search for jobs, find work and stay employed by providing a critical transportation link,” Davis said. “This program has an extra benefit for those folks, who’ve said that it has also helped them get to childcare, medical appointments, school and other necessary places. Helping folks get around our area – which isn’t always easy – saves folks money as well, which helps them pay for other necessities like food and utilities. This funding will continue to support the Travelers Aid program in its mission to help people in find and keep good-paying jobs so they can provide for themselves and their families.”