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Duquesne Light Announces First 'Community Impact Grant' Recipients

Company awards microgrants to grassroots nonprofits in Allegheny and Beaver counties

July 15, 2021

PITTSBURGH — Duquesne Light Company (DLC) has announced the first group of microgrant recipients through its Community Impact Grants (CIG) program, the new signature initiative of DLC’s Charitable Giving arm. The company is awarding $100,000 among 22 grassroots nonprofits across Allegheny and Beaver counties to support efforts in connectivity and technology, public art and green spaces.

The organizations receiving grants include:

“When we launched the CIG program in April, we couldn’t have imagined a more enthusiastic response from the community,” said Sam Hartzman, DLC’s associate manager of corporate citizenship. “We received more than 130 applications, and while each organization is deserving, the 22 we selected are a great representation of the amazing efforts happening on the ground in our communities. What we know is that there are a lot of organizations doing incredible things for our region, and our hope is that with this program, we can continue to highlight them and bring awareness to the work they do in building strong and resilient communities.”

“The CIG program is another opportunity for DLC to continue its longstanding history of being a convener and advocate in our region,” added Dave Johnson, vice president and chief customer officer at DLC. “It’s an honor and privilege for us to award grants to grassroots nonprofits that play a key role in making our communities healthier, more vibrant and more connected. We look forward to supporting more organizations through this program in the months and years ahead.”

The company plans to reopen the application process for new organizations in the fall. More details about the program can be found at

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