Richard King Mellon Foundation



The Richard King Mellon Foundation was created in 1947 by Richard King Mellon, the president and chairman of the Mellon Bank.


The foundation's current giving priorities primarily serve Southwestern Pennsylvania with programs that focus on Regional Economic Development and Conservation, along with Education and Human Services and Nonprofit Capacity Building.



The foundation contributes to variety of endeavors to stimulate business development, to promote economic health in rural areas, to leverage the economic impact of the regional health care, education and cultural assets, and to attract and retain talented people to Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Recent News from Richard King Mellon Foundation


Mellon Foundation Awards $2.6 Million In Grants For 'New Economy' Jobs
Foundation: Richard King Mellon Foundation

The Richard King Mellon Foundation grants focus on "new economy" jobs, like those in software development, robotics, and artificial intelligence....more

Hill District, Hazelwood Green projects top list of grants from Heinz Endowments
Foundation: Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation

The endowments, the region's second largest foundation, also announced creation of a new $3 million fund to help nonprofit cultural organizations...more

As Pandemic Eases, College Fundraisers Are Optimistic About Meeting Goals
Foundation: Richard King Mellon Foundation

A piece that ran in Thursday's Philanthropy Today about the new Asian ... local, philanthropic, and corporate resources to rebuild its...more

RK Mellon Foundation awards largest grant in its history, $150 million, to support CMU science ...
Foundation: Richard King Mellon Foundation

Today, the Richard King Mellon Foundation announced that it's making a series of strategic grants totaling $150 million to Carnegie Mellon...more

RK Mellon Foundation and Arctaris commit $20 million to Opportunity Zones in distressed ...
Foundation: Erie Community Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation

They've already partnered on a Downtown revitalization project in Erie with Erie Insurance and the Erie Community Foundation. The goal isn't to...more

Richard King Mellon Foundation announces plan to award $1.2 billion in the next 10 years. Needs ...
Foundation: Richard King Mellon Foundation

We are eager to fund the best of them.” Those interested in applying for funding can do it through the Foundation's website. Covid, of course,...more

Richard King Mellon Foundation awards $8.5 million in grant funding for final round of 2020 ...
Foundation: Richard King Mellon Foundation

“The goal of the Foundation and its Board has been to jump into this effort meaningfully - and to see it through. These grants are the latest installments...more

Public gets access to half-mile stretch of Mill Run in Ligonier Township
Foundation: Richard King Mellon Foundation

The Colcom Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation in Pittsburgh and Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation in Latrobe, provided...more

The Pittsburgh Foundation launches $1.5 million in new grants supporting racial justice
Foundation: Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation

“White-led urban agriculture groups would get supply grants for thousands of dollars, while some of us in the Black growers' community were...more

Grove City College receives grant to help with coronavirus related costs
Foundation: Richard King Mellon Foundation

The Foundation's continuing commitment to higher education as an essential service to the local community, region and state is evident by its...more



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