Description of Program
Love Your Block is a program created to revitalize our City, block-by-block! Here's how it works: non-profit organizations from across Pittsburgh are invited to submit applications to conduct projects that can transform their blocks with a $2,000 Home Depot gift card and the support of City Departments. Competitive projects will be selected, after which City agencies will engage with awarded group members to review their block improvement requests. They will then proceed to carry out the requested services, as feasible. With the grant money, the selected groups purchase supplies, engage their neighbors, and roll up their sleeves to carry out their own brand of block beautification and repair.
Make sure you rally volunteers and put forth your best effort, because every project selected for a grant will also be eligible to win a prize for the best project of the season: an additional $3,000 Home Depot gift card, which will be given to the two most impressive block transformation to be used for future site improvements.
Grant Eligibility Requirements
Each group must:
All projects meeting the above criteria will be eligible for consideration; however, we will prioritize projects that:
*Neighborhoods with a high concentration of veterans are defined as census tracts where the percentage of veteran residents is greater than the national average of 9.3%. A map of neighborhood census tracts and percentage of veteran residents can be found here.
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 two best block revitalization projects will receive an additional $3,000 Home Depot gift card. In July of 2014, City staff will evaluate projects based on how well the grantee:
In conducting the evaluation, staff will use:
The $3,000 Home Depot gift card 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 Block requirements.
Please do not hesitate to call 412-255-2280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Mayor's Office of Service and Civic Engagement
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219