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Love Your Block looks to fund next round of $1,000 neighborhood improvement projects

Last fall’s Love Your Block (LYB) program impacted 49 blocks, collected 6,676 pounds of litter, created 99 green spaces, and leveraged over $14,000 in donations.  And the program, a project of Mayor Ravenstahl, is ready to offer 30 more $1,000 grants to city neighborhoods.

Mayoral spokesperson Joanna Doven says the program aims not only to beautify neighborhoods, but to help build connections between community members.

"It's part of re-instilling community pride in our neighborhoods," she says. "It's another tool for our residents to be a part of Pittsburgh's third renaissance."

Awardees will have access to City services such as trash collection and graffiti removal during project implementation.  Applicants must be a qualified nonprofit organization or have the support of a nonprofit fiscal agent.

In the previous round of grants, the Community Alliance of Spring Garden-East Deutschtown won the “best block revitalization project” and will receive an additional $2,000 Home Depot gift card for future block enhancements.  The group revitalized vacant lots and buildings along Spring Garden Avenue and leveraged over $4,750 in donations for their project. 

More than 700 volunteers participated in LYB projects in 2012.  The program is supported in part by Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program.

In this round of grants, special consideration is given to projects that engage local veterans and veterans’ organizations.

LYB is supported by the Home Depot Foundation, with projects receiving one $1,000 gift card.  The award amount has doubled since LYB first appeared in 2011.

Applications are due by Thursday, February 14th.  Project implementation will take place from April 27 to June 30, 2013. LYB is one of eight service initiatives in the mayor’s servePGH initiative.
Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Joanna Doven
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