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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 - Projects & Ideas

Below are locations and descriptions of some past Love Your Block projects! 

If you are interested in volunteering with one of the projects below, call 412-255-4795 or email lex.janes@pittsburghpa.gov for information about the project stewards. 

View Love Your Block Projects in a larger map

Here are some project ideas from past grantees and other cities to help get your wheels turning! What type of change would make the greatest impact in your neighborhood? 

Past Projects

  • Rain garden to mediate excess water
  • Veterans Memorial clean up and beautification
  • Pop up café in front of vacant storefront to attract potential business owners
  • High school students revitalized the school basketball courts, tennis courts, and baseball field by repainting, picking up litter, fixing the bleachers, planting flowers, and painting sidewalk art

Other Project Ideas or Components

  • VFW post beautification
  • Adopt a former Green Up site
  • Outdoor classroom (private property)
  • Other community gathering space for picnics, small concerts, or local neighborhood events (private property)
  • Trail beautification or riverfront clean up
  • Park cleanup & revitalization
  • Weeding
  • Litter removal
  • Graffiti removal
  • Fence replacement/painting
  • Mural painting (private property only)
  • Safety/security lighting/improvements (private property only)
  • Energy or water conservation measures (i.e. low-flow sprinklers, recycling bins, motion detector lighting, etc.)

Consider including a community engagement piece. Here are some creative ideas that past grantees have utilized:

  • Engage youth to paint flower pots that you fill with flowers and deliver to all of the residents on the street
  • Go door-to-door and spread the word about the Love Your Block project or educate neighbors about some related component of the project
  • Have a local community artist work to survey the neighborhood in a creative way or create graphic design materials to spread the word about your project
  • Ask neighborhood volunteers to contribute $5 of matching funds toward the project or 2 flowers toward the garden
  • Get tools for your event day from the neighborhood; or go one step further and consider starting a tool-share program in your community
  • Have students write poetry about their Love Your Block project and then screen-print it for a community art showcase
  • After the Love Your Block garden is complete, add it to an ongoing community garden tour
  • Have a community resource table featuring neighborhood assets, ask local restaurants cater, or offer related activities for kids to do on your Love Your Block event day
  • Add a competition, with a prize for the resident that does the best job sprucing up their front porch and front yard on or before event day
  • Make your project as “green” as possible by incorporating composting, efficient energy strategies, or water management

To be notified when the next round of Love Your Block grants are available, call 412-255-4795 or email lex.janes@pittsburghpa.gov

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