A new round of grants is set to boost neighborhood development throughout Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND)
is investing in organizations that work to improve communities and the quality of residents’ lives with $20,000 to $75,000 in grants and loans.
PPND’s Sarah Perry says a goal of the program is to help innovative ideas get off the ground.
“They need to have some element of improving the well-being of a neighborhood,” Perry says. “That could be improving the face of a neighborhood, or improving the access to quality education for the kids that live in a neighborhood.”
This is the second round of funding for the new Catalytic Projects Program, which was launched last fall. Through the first round of grants, PPND invested $368,750 in neighborhood development.
The current round of funding has been expanded to include any nonprofit organization, not just traditional community development corporations.
The funding is meant to support two phases of projects: feasibility and testing, and new project implementation. For feasibility and testing, PPND hopes the Catalytic Program can push emerging ideas through the early risk-taking stages of development.
PPND is encouraging proposals that involve collaboration across sectors, neighborhoods, and unlikely partners. There will be two more rounds of funding in 2013.
The deadline for submission is February 25th, 2013. Visit the PPND website
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Sarah Perry