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Love Your Block (LYB) Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions for Neighborhood Enhancement Projects

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Pittsburgh

Deadline Date:

01/31/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $1,500 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for projects that strengthen and improve local neighborhoods. Applicants proposing projects on city property should contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to allow groups to purchase supplies and equipment, engage other community members, and transform neighborhoods in Pittsburgh through block beautification and repair. In addition, one award will be given to the most impressive block transformation, to be used by the winning community group for future site improvements.

All projects must benefit the public and sites should be visible from the street or another public space. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating Green Spaces:  Community gardens, pocket parks, public spaces, or vacant lot cleanups
  • Implementing Stormwater Capture:   Rain gardens, bioswales, green bump-outs, rain barrels
  • Enhancing Parks:  Painting structures, creating garden beds, picnic areas, shrub / flower plantings
  • Streetscaping:  Planting trees & flowers along curbs / entry-ways, sprucing up neighborhood signs
  • Removing Graffiti and Litter:  Tire dumping, recycling waste, swapping graffiti for murals, etc.
  • Sprucing up of Pathways:  Mulching / clearing overgrowth on trails, creating safe school walking routes
  • Encouraging Emergency Preparedness:  Creating emergency kits, establishing phone trees, community cohesion plans, flood protection

In planning for strong and successful projects, consider the following:

  • Build strong partnerships: Consider having local businesses come out and lend a hand or donate food or materials. Recruit volunteers from a local VFW post, or have a service-learning component for youth.
  • Leverage donations: Consider having residents donate plants, compost material, or food for your volunteer event day.
  • Make sure it’s feasible: Don’t bite off more than you can chew! If you have a huge idea, make Love Your Block a first step in the right direction and secure some other partners that can assist with your plans for the future.
  • Engage neighbors: While your volunteers can come from anywhere, we’ve found that the most impactful projects utilize volunteers within close proximity to the project. People like to be a part of what’s happening next door, and are more likely to maintain and sustain the project afterward if they helped plan and implement it.

Past projects have included:

  • Rain garden to mediate excess water
  • Veterans Memorial clean up and beautification
  • Popup cafe in front of the vacant storefront to attract potential business owners
  • High school students revitalized the school basketball courts, tennis courts, and baseball field by repainting lines; picking up litter; fixing the bleachers; planing flowers; and painting sidewalk art.

For additional project ideas, see: https://pittsburghpa.gov/oca/projects-ideas">https://pittsburghpa.gov/oca/projects-ideas

For guidance on developing strong and successful projects, see the Guidelines link in PreApplication Information below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162139

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $1,5000 and one award of $3,000 for the most impressive block transformation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations from across Pittsburgh are invited to propose projects.

While faith-based organizations may participate in Love Your Block, the City will not fund projects involving religious activity or practices. Projects should be inclusive and welcoming to all residents.

All structures, on City or private property, are subject to the receipt of permits from Zoning and the Bureau of Building Inspection.
- Structures include fences, sheds, walls, and signs. All must be illustrated on a scaled site plan, at a minimum.
- In addition, if you require a permit, the project site must have an address.

While community art projects are encouraged, art projects on City property are not recommended under the Love Your Block program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications close by January 31, 2020.

Applicants who would like to work on City property should call the office who will help inform what the City will permit or what challenges may arise.

Many projects on City property will be subject to Art Commission approval.

Guidelines: https://pittsburghpa.gov/oca/lyb-guidelines

Additional information: https://pittsburghpa.gov/oca/lyb-grant-info

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://forms.gle/55V7nseKqjQjSrUcA

Direct questions to:
Leah Friedman
leah.friedman@pittsburghpa.gov
412-255-4773

servePGH
City County Building
commaff@pittsburghpa.gov

Grant Coverage Areas:

Pittsburgh

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh

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