The Love Your [Resilient] Block initiative invites organizations to submit project proposals that can transform their blocks with up to $1,500 and the support of City Departments. With these grant funds, winning groups can purchase supplies, engage their neighbors, and roll up their sleeves to build resilience their neighborhood – block by block! Projects may include, but are not limited to:
1. Creating Green Spaces: Community gardens, pocket parks, public spaces, or vacant lot cleanups
This City of Pittsburgh initiative was initially developed as part of servePGH, the City’s high-impact service plan to engage citizen volunteers to tackle Pittsburgh’s greatest challenges.
Grant Eligibility Requirements
In order to qualify for the Love Your [Resilient] Block application process, each group must:
Be a qualified nonprofit organization or secure a fiscal agent that is a qualified nonprofit.
For the purposes of this grant, a qualified nonprofit organization is a corporation, group, or association that has a charitable and/ or public purpose without a profit motive or shareholders (5013c tax status).
If not a qualified non-profit organization, your group must have a letter of support from the fiscal agent, which is a qualified nonprofit organization, included in the application. The fiscal agent will receive the funds and a representative of such entity will be the signatory to the mini-grant agreement with the City of Pittsburgh.
Demonstrate the ability to mobilize a minimum of 20 neighborhood volunteers to take part in the revitalization of their block during a volunteer event.
Have at least two members who can serve as points of contact and attend a grant orientation workshop with City of Pittsburgh representatives.
Have a detailed and realistic action plan for engaging residents to carry out a physical transformation of the community spaces on their block.
Clearly identify the property on which the proposed project will take place, if city property, provide lot and block number. If private property, secure the owner’s written permission to carry out the project.
Submit a detailed sustainability plan outlining how your organization will sustain the project when grant funds are no longer available.
Provide a reasonable budget and request amount.
Secure any and all necessary permits and/or City approvals for project work
Complete a final written report summarizing the project and its relevant measurements within 2 weeks of the event date.
Include one volunteer event date in your group’s action plan between March 1 and August 31, 2017. Also provide a rain date. These dates must be firm.
Soil testing - depending on the proposed project plan, soil testing may be requried.
All projects meeting the above criteria will be eligible for consideration; however, we will prioritize projects that:
Work directly with a community group
Demonstrate a concrete and sustainable solution to issues affecting your neighborhood
Engage local residents as volunteers
Leverage other partnerships and/or additional donations
Can have a significant improvement on the reslience of a neighborhood's residents
Grant Reporting Requirements
After project completion, grantees will be asked to submit photos of the block that was revitalized, and a written report that includes the number of blocks impacted, number of lots revitalized, square feet of graffiti removed, pounds of litter collected, number of trees planted, number of green spaces or community gardens created and other qualitative data to accompany it.
Post-Grant Contest Guidelines
All selected grantee organizations that complete projects according to grant requirements are eligible to compete in a contest for the most impressive block transformation, for which the best block revitalization project will receive up to $3,000 in additional funding. In September of 2017, City staff will evaluate projects based on how well the grantee:
Demonstrated a solution to an identified neighborhood challenge
The space was transformed into an enjoyable gathering place for community members
The project addressed community concerns and issues of neighborhood sustainability and resilience
An entire block was impacted
Engaged the community and involved neighborhood volunteers
Many participants had meaningful participation at both the planning and implementation stages
Other neighborhood groups or institutions were involved
The group utilized available space and materials in creative ways
Additional donations and partnerships enhanced the project
In conducting the evaluation, staff will use:
Grantees’ final report forms
Before and after photos
Visits to the project (as feasible)
The $3,000 in funds must be spent on additional site improvements on the same block as the project and used within six months of being awarded the funds. Use of funds must be approved by the City; and receipt of contest award is contingent upon final execution of a separate grant agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and compliance with all Love Your [Resilient] Block requirements.