Love Your Block - Guidelines
Most importantly, call us with questions. We’d love to speak with you! Our number is 412-255-2280.
Please consider the following in planning your project:
- All projects must benefit the public. All sites should be visible from the street or another public space.
- There are different guidelines for private vs. public property.
- You can check who owns your proposed project site here.
- If you would like to work on private property, we will need written permission from the property owner. A sample property permission is here.
- If you would like to work on City property, give us a call and tell us your project idea. We’ll help inform what the City will permit or what challenges may pop up.
- We encourage community art projects, however we do not recommend art projects on City property under the LYB program.
- 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, which 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. But don't worry; we will help you!
- Many projects on City property will be subject to Art Commission approval. If you’ve never attended a public hearing, this is a great opportunity for you to learn how that process works!
- Grantees may be eligible to purchase equipment with the Home Depot gift card, however the equipment must remain under the ownership of a community group. Final approval of your budget is always subject to City approval.
- While faith-based organizations may participate in Love Your Block, the City will not fund projects involving inherently religious activity or practices. Make sure your proposed project would be inclusive and welcoming to all residents.
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
- We love creative ideas- but 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.
Mayor's Office of Service and Civic Engagement
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219