Dozens of Pittsburgh-Area Nonprofits Receive Funding From Duquesne Light Company’s Microgrant Program

$250,000 awarded among 40 organizations to support environmental justice, education and social equity

July 7, 2022

PITTSBURGH Duquesne Light Company (DLC) today announced that it is awarding $250,000 among 40 nonprofit organizations to support regional endeavors in environmental justice, education and social equity. The organizations are receiving funding through DLC’s Community Impact Grants (CIG) program, an annual initiative that recognizes and rewards diverse, grassroots nonprofit groups that serve communities in Allegheny and Beaver counties. Funding through this year’s program will benefit efforts such as community gardens; K-12 STEAM programs; climate resilience projects; and programs that support housing, racial equality, refugee assistance and food access.

“We continue to be impressed by the positive response to the CIG program and the incredible organizations that have applied,” said Sam Hartzman, community relations manager at DLC. “This year’s recipients play a key role in strengthening our region while enabling DLC to further advance its mission of creating a clean energy future that benefits everyone in our communities.”

Launched in April 2021, the CIG program has awarded more than $460,000 to nearly 100 organizations to date, about 85% of which are diverse led. Some notable projects funded by the program in 2021 included community murals in Coraopolis, Homewood and the Northside; enhanced infrastructure at community gardens in Aliquippa, Manchester, East Liberty, Swissvale and Beltzhoover; and youth STEM education in Wilkinsburg, Woodland Hills and Brookline.

“DLC is committed to giving back to the community in various ways, including through charitable giving and volunteerism,” said Christine Waller, vice president of communications, ESG and corporate giving at DLC.

“Our CIG program represents a unique opportunity to reach smaller nonprofits and support their impactful work across our service territory. We are honored to be part of these organizations’ missions in creating a cleaner, healthier and more equitable future for our communities,” Waller added.

This year’s CIG recipients include:


To learn more about the CIG program, visit

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For more than 100 years, Duquesne Light Company has provided safe and reliable electric service to communities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, our core values of safety, integrity, dependability, equity and community enable us to serve more than 600,000 customers in two counties, including the city of Pittsburgh. We are committed to safely powering our customers’ lives while playing a leading role in our region’s clean energy transition. Our vision is to create a larger-than-light, clean energy future for all by delivering exceptional results today and boldly harnessing opportunities for tomorrow. In doing so, we can ensure a cleaner, healthier and more equitable community for generations to come.


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