Community Partnerships

Community partnerships are fundamental to how Rivers of Steel operates. Through community grantmaking and programmatic collaborations, Rivers of Steel amplifies the impact of its heritage development efforts.

Community Grantmaking

Rivers of Steel’s Mini-Grant Program assists heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities, within the borders of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The Mini-Grants may be used to develop new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, and other initiatives that are consistent with the mission and vision outlined in Rivers of Steel’s Management Action Plan. The Mini-Grant program is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, via DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program and the Environmental Stewardship Fund.

Rivers of Steel strongly encourages proposals that increase heritage tourism, enhance preservation efforts, involve the stewardship of natural resources, encourage outdoor recreation and / or include collaborative partnerships.

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Panelists from the 2018 Opening Doors to the Outdoors Program: (clockwise from top left): Sabina Deitrick (Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh), Karen Abrams (Program Officer for Equitable Development, The Heinz Endowments), Jane Menchyk (Land Protection Manager, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy), Joey-Linn Ulrich (then Executive Director of Venture Outdoors) and Lisa Brown (Executive Director of both the Saw Mill Run and Streets Run Watershed Associations).

Collaborative Programming

Rivers of Steel partners with dozens of artists, organizations, and small business each year.  Through initiatives such as the Mon Valley Creative Corridor—where collaboration is core to the goal of the program—to individual events, such as a birdwatching cruise with the National Aviary, Rivers of Steel works to support our partners efforts while expanding the reach of our mission.

Have an idea on ways to collaborate? Connect with us!

Learn more about the events

such as tours, workshops, and festivals happening at each unique attraction.