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PCF Awards $511,000 in Capital Grants to Nonprofits

First published in the Oct. 20 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Pasadena Community Foundation is proud to announce funding to 24 local nonprofit organizations as part of its annual Capital Grants Program.
This year’s funding totals more than $500,000 dollars and will support facility improvements and equipment purchases at a broad range of Pasadena-area organizations. PCF is especially proud to award its $50,000 Capital Campaign Grant to Pasadena Conservatory of Music in support of the Common Ground Campaign, which will create several new classrooms and studios on campus, as well as a new courtyard and a 140-seat amphitheater.
Executive Director Stephen McCurry notes that these improvements “will become the heart of the school and strengthen the sense of community on campus.”
PCF’s annual Capital Grant Program supports the infrastructure that nonprofit organizations need to carry out their missions, including equipment purchases, construction and renovation. Projects funded by the 2022 Capital Grants Program include a new sleeping area and case management office at the Women’s Room at Friends In Deed; new radios for field officers at Pasadena Humane; screening equipment for HEAR Center; an upgrade to the Altadena Library FabLab, which serves as a “makerspace” for library patrons, upgrades for the Youth on the Move program at Hillsides, and a specialized coffee roaster for Coffee with a Cause, an organization that helps transition-age foster youth acquire job skills.
Notably, seven of the 22 grantees are arts and culture organizations that asked for support to enhance their delivery of the arts and to provide new opportunities to build community. PCF’s funding will help upgrade stage equipment at Pasadena Playhouse, Lineage Performing Arts Center and A Noise Within, for example, while at organizations like Southern California Public Radio and Red Hen Press, grant awards will be used to adapt event spaces for new audiences and neighboring organizations.
“The pandemic changed audience habits,” notes SCPR’s Executive Director of Live Programming and Events John Cohn. “We’ve had to rethink (our) space and be more intentional with programming.”
Jennifer DeVoll, PCF’s president and CEO, points out that PCF’s 2022 funding helps nonprofits regain some footing following pandemic disruptions: “Our community has endured a great deal in the last three years, and PCF is happy to see many local organizations reimagining their facilities and investing in technology and equipment to support post-pandemic programming. The Capital Grants Program is PCF’s largest grant investment of the year, and we’re thrilled to strengthen the mission … our nonprofit partner agencies.”
2022 Capital Grant Awards: $50,000 Capital Campaign Grantee – Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Capital Grantee Organizations:
A Noise Within; Altadena Library Foundation; Armory Center for the Arts; Beacon Housing Inc.; Casa Treatment Center; Coffee with a Cause; Friends In Deed; Grandview Foundation Inc.; Harambee Christian Family Center; HEAR Center; Hillsides; Huntington Medical Research Institutes; Institute for Educational Advancement; Jericho Road Pasadena; Lineage Performing Arts Center; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus; Pasadena Humane; Pasadena Playhouse; Planned Parenthood of Pas & SGV; Professional Child Development Associates; Red Hen Press Inc.; Southern California Public Radio; and Western Justice Center Foundation.

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