24 Nonprofits Awarded $511,000 in PCF Capital Grant Funding

Woman entering a Pasadena Humane public safety truck PCF Program Manager Allie Carreon participated in a “ride-along” with Pasadena Humane to see how Capital Grant funding will be used to improve field officers’ radio communications.

More than a half-million dollars in PCF Capital Grant funding is on its way to 24 Pasadena-area nonprofit organizations to support their facility improvement projects and equipment purchases.  PCF’s annual Capital Grant Program  supports the infrastructure that nonprofit organizations need to carry out their mission, including equipment purchases, construction, and renovation.

PCF is especially proud to award its $50,000 Capital Campaign Grant to Pasadena Conservatory of Music in support of its Common Ground Campaign, which will create several new classrooms and studios, 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.”

Stephen McCurry, Executive Director of Pasadena Conservatory of Music, shares plans for the Common Ground Campaign.

FUNDING FOR Unique Projects That Benefit the Whole Community

Projects funded by the 2022 Capital Grants Program include a new sleeping area and case management office for the Women’s Room at Friends in Deed; new radio communications tools for Pasadena Humane’s public safety officers; screening equipment for HEAR Center, and an upgrade to the Altadena Library FabLab, which is a “Makerspace” for library patrons.

Notably, several of the 24 Capital Grant recipients are arts and culture organizations, which 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, and A Noise Within, for example, while at organizations like Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) 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.” SCPR will use its grant award to install a set of permanently integrated cameras inside the Crawford Family Forum and create a hybrid space for in-person and virtual events.

PCF staff and board members visited SCPR’s Crawford Family Forum in August to learn how Capital Grant funding will help upgrade the theater for hybrid events.

Jennifer DeVoll, PCF’s President & 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 3 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 of 24 of our nonprofit partner agencies.”


2022 Capital Grant Awards
$50,000 Capital Campaign Grantee:

Pasadena Conservatory of Music

A Noise Within
Altadena Library Foundation
Armory Center for the Arts
Beacon Housing, Inc.
Coffee with a Cause
Friends in Deed
Grandview Foundation, Inc.
Harambee Christian Family Center
HEAR Center
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
Western Justice Center Foundation

PCF staff and board join staff members from Casa Treatment Center, which received Capital Grant funding for sober living upgrades.