We work with neighborhood Business Districts in many ways – from planning and technical assistance to grants for neighborhood organizations, business and property owners.
The Pittsburgh Biz Buzz Small Grant Program
The Pittsburgh Biz Buzz Small Grant Program is designed to help business district organizations, such as business associations, chambers of commerce, community based organizations and community development corporations, spur neighborhood business district revitalization using the 48x48x48 strategy of short and medium term achievable projects and activities. The goals of the program are to bring newcomers into neighborhood business districts and create a buzz about the business district, through media and word-of-mouth. *Please note that is program is not available to individual businesses.
By determining what you can do in 48 hours (a weekend), 48 days (roughly, a month), and 48 weeks (a year, projects can be accomplished by volunteers, working together with businesses.
Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Prior to submitting an application, applicants must meet with URA staff to discuss their project or activity. The maximum grant award is $7,000.
These neighborhoods currently participate in Biz Buzz:
Façade Improvement Grant Programs
Façade improvement grant programs are also available to assist business and property owners with storefront improvements. Find out more here
Mainstreets Pittsburgh Program
Currently, 10 neighborhoods take part in our Mainstreets Pittsburgh program. Following the National Main Street Center’s Four Point Approach, our program strives to ensure the health of the City’s traditional neighborhood commercial districts by stimulating economic revitalization within the context of neighborhood preservation, good design, business recruitment and retention, and stakeholder engagement.
Participating Maintstreets Pittsburgh neighborhoods:
- East Liberty
- Mount Washington
- South Side
- Strip District
- West End