Description of Program
Love Your Block is a program created by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and The Home Depot Foundation to revitalize our City - block by block! Here's how it works: Nonprofit organizations from across Pittsburgh are invited to propose projects to transform their blocks with a $1,000 Home Depot gift card and the support of key City Departments. Competitive projects will be selected, after which City agencies will engage with awarded group members and listen to their block improvement requests. They will then proceed to carry out the requested services, as feasible. With grant money, the selected groups purchase equipment and 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 all grantees are automatically considered for an additional $2,000 Home Depot gift card prize given to the most impressive block transformation.
Each group must have a detailed and realistic action plan for engaging residents to carry out a physical transformation of the community spaces on their block.
Specifically, each group must:
All projects meeting the above criteria will be considered; however, we will prioritize projects that:
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.
*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 at here.
As all selected grantees are automatically entered into the contest for most impressive block transformation, City staff will evaluate each project based on how well the grantee:
In conducting the evaluation, staff will use the grantees’ final report forms; before and after photos; and, when feasible, visits to the project.
The contest award must be spent on additional site improvements on the same block as the project and used within six months of receiving 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.
Important Dates for the Spring 2013 Season
February 14th, 2013. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application Deadline
March 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . Grantees Announced
April 2013. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mandatory Orientation for Grantees
April 27th- June 30th 2013. . . . . . . . . .Love Your Block Project Implementation
July 2013. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contest Winner Announced
Please do not hesitate to call 412-255-2280 or email email@example.com with any questions.
Mayor's Office of Service and Civic Engagement
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2280 | facsimile 412-255-2988