The Change Machine

The Change Machine provides $500 grants to support, celebrate, and showcase unique youth-led initiatives with the power to incite positive change. Change Machine projects are innovative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges faced by youth, and inspire a diverse group of participants to be more active, involved, and civically-engaged.

Download a .pdf overview of The Change Machine with application instructions and questions.

Who Can Apply?

Young people (ages 18 and younger) from Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for support.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed on the first Fridays of February, May, August, and November. Decisions are typically announced 5-6 weeks after each deadline.

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