The Bartko Foundation is a Pittsburgh family foundation that makes grants to individual women of color who are custodial mothers, to help them increase the self-sufficiency of their families. The average grant is about $3,000. Bartko will fund things like: the purchase of a car to help a woman get or keep a job; a security deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment; a down payment on a house; the purchase of a computer or software for a woman returning to school; and tuition assistance. Bartko cannot fund debt relief or expenses directly related to children, such as daycare. Requests are turned around in four to eight weeks. For more information or an application, contact Carl Perkins at 412-371-1142, or visit the website at www.bartkofoundation.org.