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Apply now for Love Your Block 2016!

 The City of Pittsburgh invites you to apply to the 2016 Love Your Block program. Up to 20 projects will be selected to transform their blocks with a $1,000 grant and the support of key City Departments! 

 

Application Deadline: November 2, 2015

Click Here to Apply! 

Best Block Transformation Award Winner!

 

The Best Block Transformation Award Winner is Spring Hill Civic League!  SHCL and volunteers landscaped a highly visible lot at the community entrance. They weeded, planted flowers and scrubs and layed mulch to a vacant lot that is home to a mosaic art piece exhibiting the history of the Spring Hill nieghborhood.

 

Congratulations Spring Hill!

Making an Impact!

 

"The project looked enormous when we first started and there were doubts expressed that we would complete it in time. [But] We did it, and the high-fives showed the feeling of accomplishment everyone was feeling."

 

- Christina HowellBloomfield Development Corporation

Getting Things Done!

"We have a new sense of community responsibility - where we are all accountable for creating a better Pittsburgh."

- Tera McIntosh, The Hazelwood Initiative

 

"This program helps tear down the barriers between what neighborhood groups may want to do and lets them actually accomplish it."

Ben Soltesz, Spring Hill Civic League

Creating Community Involvement!

"With the volunteers, the transformation of the site would not occur without many hours and days of continued efforts. They arrived in numbers and helped transform the site quickly. The best part of the event day was using it to foster excitement for the future of Beechview and bringing people together.."

- Joe Wingenfeld, Beechivew Business Distric Revitalization Project

 

 

Love Your Block

Please see below for more details about the 2016 Love Your Block season:

Application Release  August 15, 2015
Application Deadline  November 2, 2015
Grantees Announced December 15, 2015
Mandatory Orientation January 14, 2016
Project Period April 1 - June 30, 2016
Best Block Award Winner Announced  July 30, 2016

 

Join us for an information session on the 2016 Love Your Block program!

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 the Office of Community Affairs will host an information session for the City's 2016 Love Your Block program. Staff will be available to discuss the program and answer any questions. Attendance at the information session is not required to be considered for a 2016 Love Your Block grant. Feel free to come for all or part of the session at your convenience.

The City will award up to 20 organizations with a $1,000 Love Your Block grant to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project during the 2016 cycle. The application is due on November 2, 2015.

WHERE: City-County Building, Conference Room 646, 6th Floor, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

WHEN: 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, 2015

posted 9/03/15 @ 12:00 am

In 2016, the City of Pittsburgh will award up to 20 Love Your Block grants of $1,000. These grants will be used for neighborhood improvement projects that mobilize community volunteers. The application deadline is November 2, 2015. You can access the application here.

posted 8/14/15 @ 12:00 am
Perry Hilltop Citizens Council Revitalizes a Community Garden

On Saturday, June 13th, volunteers helped Perry Hilltop Citizens Council enhance a community garden space. Volunteers cleared weeds and debris, mulched the garden beds and planted native flowers and perennials. See all the photos here

posted 6/16/15 @ 3:50 pm
Larimer Green Team Reclaims Vacant Lot

On Saturday June 6th, residents and volunteers came together to help Larimer Green Team and the Kingsley Association turn a preiviously blighted lot into a beautiful green space. Voluteers worked tirelessly to turn this eyesore into a community asset.  See all the photos here

posted 6/09/15 @ 12:00 am
South Side Community Council Enhances Local Art Sculpture

On Saturday June 6th, residents and volunteers came together to revitalize a local part, by adding landscaping around an existing sculpture in River Front Part.  Volunteers worked hard to enhance this beautiful art piece.  Check out all the photos here

posted 6/09/15 @ 12:00 am
White Lily Baptist Church revitalizes Garden at Chartiers Playground

On Saturday May 30th a large group of volunteers worked to plant shrubs and flowers around exisiting signs at Chartiers Playground.  Volunteers worked hard to get the garden complete before the afternoon thunderstorm.  Check out the photos here.

posted 6/03/15 @ 12:00 am
St Pauls AME Church Enhances Community Garden

On Saturday May 30, residents and volunteers joined St. Pauls AME Church to enhance their community garden.  Volunteers pulled weeds, planted vegetables and installed a rain garden.  See all the photos here

posted 5/30/15 @ 12:00 am
The Hill House's Flower Garden Created by Local Students

On May 22nd, students from Hill House Passport Academy and community volunteers came together to revietalize the entrance gardens at The Hill House.  For many students this was thier first time planting flowers and they learned alot from the experienced master gardener.  A great day was had by all with lots of laugher and smiles!  See all the photos here

posted 5/29/15 @ 12:00 am
Spring Hill Neighbors Came Together to Create a Beautiful Garden

On May 23rd residents and volunteers landscaped a highly visible lot at the community entrance. Volunteers weeded, planted flowers and scrubs and layed mulch to a vacant lot that is home to a mosaic art piece exhibiting the history of the Spring Hill nieghborhood.  Long time residents shared stories from yesteryear while younger residents worked tirelessly in this proud tight-knit community.  A fun day was had by all! Check out the transformation in pictures here.  

posted 5/29/15 @ 12:00 am
Monticello Street Hospitality House Creates a Community Garden

On May 16th several dedicated volunteers worked through the rain to create a community garden in Homewood.  Neighbors and residents worked tirelessly to create this beautiful green space for all to enjoy.  See all the photos here.  

posted 5/21/15 @ 12:00 am
Beechview Residents Came Together to Beautify a Highly Visible Lot

Residents and volunteers gathered last Saturday, May 16th, to revitalize the gardens surround a lot in downtown Beechview. Volunteers pulled weeds, planted flowers and layed mulch.  This garden will be enjoyed by many, including the T passengers as they travel through this friendly neighborhood. See all the photos here

posted 5/21/15 @ 12:00 am
Penn State Extension Center Improves its Editable Teaching Garden

Volunteers and residents of East Liberty came together on May 16th to enhance the Editable Teaching Garden maintained by the Penn State Extension Center.  Volutneers installed new stairs, hard cloth to project plants and a trellis for growing new items.  See all the photos here

posted 5/21/15 @ 12:00 am
Polish Hill Civic Association Creates a Traffic Calming Greenspace

On May 16th dedicated community residents came together to revamp a vacant lot in Polish Hill. Volunteers removed weeds and invasive plants, then added native plants to create a beautiful parklet complete with gravel path.  See all the photos here

posted 5/21/15 @ 12:00 am
Volunteers Spruce Up Soldiers & Sailors Monument

On May 12th, local volunteers and girl scout troops beautifed a grounds of Soldiers & Sailors in Oakland. Trash and debris were removed and shrubs, plants and flowers were added in preperations for Memorial Day weekend. Check out all the pictures here!

posted 5/13/15 @ 12:00 am
Bloomfield Development Corporation Completes Traffic Island Revitalization

On May 9th, dedicated residents and volunteers gave a traffic island a new look in partnership with the Bloomfield Development Corporation. Volunteers pulled weeks, added new plants and laid mulch to create a pleasant green space at a high traffic intersection. Check out all the pictures here!

posted 5/11/15 @ 4:34 pm
Dylamato's Market to expand with support of Love Your Block funding

In the summer of 2014, Chatham University food studies graduate Dianne Shenk opened a produce stand at the corner of Hazelwood and 2nd Avenues. This summer, Shenk's original produce stand will be joined by several prepared food venders, a cafe' and a bakery. All of the businesses and start-ups are run by Hazelwood residents. The diversity of options available for residents will help combat food access issues in the neighborhood, while also ensuring the long-term financial viability of the market. 

This spring, Hazelwood Initiative will utilize Love Your Block funding to build a temporary seating area at the market place, providing a space for residents to eat and mingle until longer-term plans of building an indoor market can be completed. Read more about Dylamato's Market here.

posted 3/24/15 @ 11:18 am
Mayor William Peduto announces Spring 2015 Love Your Block Grantees!

Today Mayor William Peduto announced the 15 recipients who will receive mini-grants through the eighth season of the city’s Love Your Block (LYB) grant program. To date, LYB has implemented 116 projects throughout the city. This year's projects include transforming a vacant lot into a flower and herb garden, creating a traffic calming space by enhancing a parklet at a busy intersection, and building a temporary seating area in an established outdoor market place. To read more about Love Your Block and this year's grant recipients, please click here.

posted 3/24/15 @ 11:17 am
Congratulations to Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council!

ServePGH is proud to announce that Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council is the winner of the most transfomative Love Your Block project for fall 2014, and will receive an additional $2,000 in funds. This fall, residents and volunteers revitalized a vacant lot next to a community center. They revived the gardens, built scaffolding for raspberry vines, added a new neighborhood sign and planted a spruce tree that they plan to decorate for the holidays every year. Local neighbors tend the garden and stop down regularly to harvest the produce giving them access to fresh ingredients.  Additionally the holiday tree, neighborhood sign and community center serve as a focal point and bring the community together.  

Thanks for all of your hard work, Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council!

posted 12/08/14 @ 12:00 am
Budget Friendly Ideas to Love Your Block

Check out these great DYI, budget friendly ideas to Love "Your" Block.  These creative solutions will allow you to stretch your grant dollars even further.  See the full article here.

posted 11/19/14 @ 12:00 am
Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council Enhances a Community Garden

On a sunny November afternoon, community members came together to enrich an existing garden in Beltzhoover. Volunteers planted flowers, winterized vegetable gardens and painted the new neighborhood sign.  Smiles were plentiful as old friendships enhanced and new ones formed as this team came together in a jovial atmosphere to complete the project.  See all their great work here!  

posted 11/14/14 @ 12:00 am
Borland Community Garden Extends the Growing Season with Love Your Block

On Sunday October 19, 2014,  local residents of all ages came together to build a cold box, extending the growing season for a local community garden. Utilizing a Love Your Block grant, volunteers created an 18 foot long planter that is accessible for all community members.  They are planning a planting demonstration for area gardeners in the next few weeks. Check out their hard work in these photos!

posted 10/22/14 @ 3:17 pm
Lawrenceville United Revitalizes 54th Street Steps

On Saturday October 18, 2014, Lawrenceville United (LU), through a Love Your Block grant, engaged local volunteers to clear overgrowth and painting the railing of the 54th street stairs. Additionally, prior to the work day LU worked with the Department of Public Works to repair damaged portions of the steps. This collaboration allows local residents to reclaim these steps once again.

posted 10/22/14 @ 3:16 pm
Southside Community Council Enhances Armstrong Playground

On Saturday October 18, 2014, a blustery fall day, local residents and volunteers came together to revitalize Armstrong Playground. Teams worked together to plant flowers, repair benches and clean the veterans memorial. Local youth now have a renovated playground that they can enjoy!

posted 10/22/14 @ 3:15 pm
South Pittsburgh Development Corp Rejuvenates Brookline Blvd through Love Your Block

Approximately 60 volunteers descended on Brookline Saturday October 18, 2014. They picked up trash, planted trees and refreshed Cannon Memorial Park. Their effort impacted over 8 blocks and refreshed the local downtown area. Click here for photos!

posted 10/22/14 @ 2:16 pm
Troy Hill Citizens Beautify a Local Park through the Love Your Block Program

On Saturday October 18, 2014, a chilly fall morning, 40 community residents and volunteers helped to weed tree pits, plant flowers, and install a natural playground for the Troy Hill Community. Additionally memorial plaques were installed to honor local veterans.  See the transformation in photos here!

posted 10/22/14 @ 2:15 pm
A Love Your Block grant funds Beechview Community Garden's Winterization Project

Over 50 local volunteers helped to winterize a popular community garden on Saturday October 18, 2014. Tasks were completed in record time as a result of a concerted effort of all volunteers. Click here to see photos!

posted 10/22/14 @ 2:14 pm
Northside Coalition for Fair Housing Builds Dream Playground

Over 250 volunteers came together on Thursday October 16, 2014 to build a playground in less than 6 hours. Local students assisted in planting and painting projects made possible by a Love Your Block grant. Four community groups came together to complete this amazing feat! Check out the transformation here!

posted 10/22/14 @ 2:13 pm
West End Alliance Beautifies a Green Space with Love Your Block

On Sunday September 21, residents of Fairywood came together to turn an overgrown vacant lot at the community entrance into a beautiful garden and usable green space.  The project was supported by the City of Pittsburgh's Love Your Block program. Check out some great event photos here!

posted 9/23/14 @ 8:56 am
Grow Pittsburgh Creates a Community Garden Resource Center with Love Your Block

On Saturday September 20, Grow Pittsburgh and residents of Homewood teamed up to turn a vacant lot into a thriving tool lending library and garden resource center.  The project was supported by the City of Pittsburgh's Love Your Block program.  Check out some great event photos here!

posted 9/23/14 @ 8:54 am
Love Your Block Fall 2014 Projects Starting

The Love Your Block season is set to begin this week with four great community service projects. On Tuesday, September 16th Observatory Hill, Inc. will improve a highly visible section of the neighborhood by planting perennials and updating a community gateway sign. On Saturday, September 20th both Grow Pittsburgh and the YWCA have projects. Grow Pittsburgh will reclaim a vacant lot by turning it into a thriving garden tool lending library and materials resource center. The YWCA will recruit volunteers to beautify a vacant property in Homewood. On Sunday, September 21st the West End Alliance will recruit volunteers to remove overgrowth and plant flowers in a vacant lot. Check out all 13 upcoming projects here!

posted 9/08/14 @ 4:07 pm
Love Your Block Fall 2014 Grantees Orientation a Success!

On Thursday August 28th, the Fall 2014 Love Your Block grantees had the opportunity to meet with various City departments and local nonprofits to learn more about the program and explore available resources for their projects. Grantees will now begin work on their projects, and will finish by November 15th, 2014. Stay tuned for further project updates and the $2,000 Best Block Transformation award announcement, which is given to the most impressive block transformation and is used for future site improvements.

posted 8/29/14 @ 3:52 pm
Welcoming our Fall 2014 Love Your Block Grantees!

This week, The Love Your Block grantees selected for the Fall 2014 season will join various City Departments and local nonprofits for an orientation event to kick off the seventh round of projects. Orientation is scheduled for Thursday August 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 at Schenley Ice Rink. This orientation is a great way for our grantees to learn more about the program and about valuable resources to support their projects. We are excited to get started!

posted 8/27/14 @ 1:41 pm
Mayor William Peduto announces Fall 2014 Love Your Block Grantees!

Today Mayor William Peduto announced the 14 recipients who will receive mini-grants through the seventh round of the city’s Love Your Block (LYB) grant program. To date, LYB has implemented 118 projects throughout the city. This year's projects include installing chalk murals, transforming a vacant lot into a garden resource center, and repairing a set of iconic Pittsburgh steps. To read more about Love Your Block and this year's grant recipients, please click here

posted 8/11/14 @ 4:23 pm
Congratulations Carrick Regency Tenant Council!

ServePGH is proud to announce that Carrick Regency Tenant Council is the winner of the most impressive Love Your Block Spring 2014 project, and will receive an additional $3,000 in funds. This Spring, residents, volunteers, Boy Scouts, and numerous other community partners, erected handicap accessible raised planter beds, planted greenery and shrubs, and dedicated a memorial stone to local military veterans.

Thanks for all of your hard work, Carrick Regency Tenant Council! 

posted 7/25/14 @ 12:14 pm
Extended Application Period, Informational Session For Love Your Block Program

On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, City of Pittsburgh representatives will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions about the fall round of Love Your Block applications. The application period has been extended until July 18.

This season, the City will award up to $1,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project. There are minor changes to program delivery this season and this is an opportunity to field any questions or concerns from applicants. Read more here.

WHERE: City-County Building, CitiStat conference room 646, 6th floor, Grant Street side, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

WHEN: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014

posted 7/03/14 @ 11:45 am

This round, Love Your Block gives 14 organizations up to $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers.  With support of key City departments and services, engaged residents can roll up their sleeves and transform their community – block by block. Click here for more information.

Application Deadline: July 18, 2014 (Deadline Extended)

posted 6/19/14 @ 3:42 pm

On June 16, 2014, City of Pittsburgh representatives will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions about the fall round of Love Your Block applications. This season, the City will award up to $1,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project. There are minor changes to program delivery this season and this is an opportunity to field any questions or concerns from applicants.  Read more here.

WHERE: City-County Building, CitiStat conference room 646, 6th floor, Grant Street side, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

WHEN: 6-7 p.m., Monday, June 16, 2014

posted 6/12/14 @ 3:58 pm
Congratulations to Greenfield Community Association!

ServePGH is proud to announce that Greenfield Community Association is the winner of the most impressive Love Your Block Fall 2013 project, and will receive an additional Home Depot gift card valued at $2,000 for a future neighborhood beautification project. This Fall, with the help of community partners, over 100 volunteers helped rejuvenate Magee Park by clearing overgrowth, collecting over 1,400 pounds of litter, and painting multiple degraded surfaces of the public space. 

posted 12/03/13 @ 2:18 pm
Olivet Baptist Church beautifies a community green space through Love Your Block!

On Saturday, August 31st, residents of the Hill District came out to beautify a vacant lot adjacent to the Historic Olivet Baptist Church.  The project was supported by the Mayor’s Love Your Block Program.  Check out some great event photos here

posted 9/04/13 @ 12:00 am
Love Your Block Fall 2013 Projects Starting!

The Love Your Block season is set to begin on Saturday, August 31st, 2013 with two great community service projects. Join Southside Chamber of Commerce as they clean-up litter and install doggie waste stations in Armstrong Park  and join the Historic Olivet Baptist Church as they love the 2300 block of Centre Avenue by planting flowers and having a community clean-up day! Check out all 24 upcoming projects here

posted 8/26/13 @ 12:00 am
Welcoming our Fall 2013 Love Your Block Grantees!

Last week, The Love Your Block grantees selected for the Fall 2013 season were joined by various City Departments and local nonprofits for an orientation event at the Schenley Ice Rink. This orientation is a great way for our grantees to learn more about the program and about valuable resources to support their projects.  This is our largest  season to date, with 23 grant recipients and a large array of projects including community gardens, art installations, and facade beautification. Check out some great photos here!

posted 8/09/13 @ 1:40 pm

On Saturday, June 8th, residents of Garfield teamed up to create a beautiful butterfly garden in Nelson Mandela Peace Park. This project was supported by the Love Your Block program. To learn more about the program Click Here. !

posted 6/10/13 @ 12:00 am

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the 24 recipients who will receive funding through the fourth round of his servePGH initiative's "Love Your Block” grant program – bringing the total number of projects to 64. From Garfield to Elliott, and Beltzhoover to Spring Garden, resident volunteers will partner with the City to transform blighted lots into community assets. Learn more here!

posted 4/22/13 @ 12:00 am

The Love Your Block season is set to start on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 with two great community service projects. Join volunteers as they plant trees in Highland Park with the group Tree Pittsburgh and join the Southside Chamber of Commerce as they love the 1100 block of East Carson Street by planting and installing flowerboxes as well as cleaning up their block on the Southside! 

posted 4/14/13 @ 12:00 am

ServePGH is proud to announce that Community Alliance of Spring Garden-East Deutschtown was the group selected to win the Love Your Block Fall 2012 “best block revitalization project” and will receive an additional $2,000 Home Depot gift card for future block enhancements. The group revitalized vacant lots and buildings along Spring Garden Avenue in the neighborhood of Spring Garden and leveraged over $4,750 in donations for their project! 

posted 11/25/12 @ 12:00 am
Applications are now being accepted for Love Your Block- Spring 2013 Projects!

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that applications are available for the spring 2013 Love Your Block grant award program. Local nonprofit organizations have until February 14, 2013 to apply. The block revitalization program gives up to 30 organizations $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Click here for more information! 

posted 11/24/12 @ 12:00 am
Success for Brashear 9th Grade Promise Readiness Corps!

Students and teachers of Brashear's 9th Grade Promise Readiness Corps volunteered to clean and beautify Sheraden Park as part of a Love Your Block project! Despite a cold and rainy morning, students were eager to plant flowers, pick up litter, and paint a sign and poles around the park. They were joined by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in the afternoon, who thanked the students for their great volunteering efforts that day.  Check out photos here from the project and see all the great work that was done! 

posted 10/11/12 @ 11:00 am

Volunteers joined the Save Race Street Committee for a Love Your Block project to revitalize the corner lot at Race St. and Collier St.

Read more here! 

posted 9/20/12 @ 11:00 am
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