URA to Award Seven Neighborhood Initiatives Fund Grants
Total investment of $527,345 will go to community-driven projects pending Board approval
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 14, 2022) The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is set to award seven community-driven projects with Neighborhood Initiatives Fund (NIF) grants for a total investment of $527,345 across five neighborhoods, pending URA Board approval at its July meeting this afternoon.
The NIF program makes it easier for City of Pittsburgh communities to access funding by providing grants for neighborhood-scale projects and programs to help unlock economic and placemaking potential and support vision-to-action community investment strategies that build an equitable Pittsburgh.
Since 2019, the URA has invested nearly $2 million in NIF funding in 37 projects, spanning 25 neighborhoods.
"We are excited to be awarding over $500,000 to these critical community-driven projects," said Mayor Ed Gainey. "When we invest in our communities we are investing in the future of our great City. These grants will help us build pathways to prosperity and will help us make Pittsburgh into a city where everyone who lives here and works here can thrive."
The following projects are selected to receive funding:
The 2022 NIF funding round closed on May 10, 2022. The URA received 41 applications, totaling roughly $3.2 million in requests. The seven projects were approved through a process led by URA staff and the NIF Review Team, which included representatives from the URA, Department of City Planning, Office of Management and Budget, and the Mayor’s Office.
“The 2022 NIF awardees represent a wide variety of projects in neighborhoods across the city,” said URA Executive Director Greg Flisram. “They include everything from green space to entrepreneurship to improved public spaces, and truly exemplify the spirit and goals of the program.”
The URA Board of Directors meets virtually this afternoon, July 14, at 2:00 p.m. More information on the meeting can be found here.
About the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)
The URA is the City of Pittsburgh's economic development agency, supporting the City’s economic development goals, which are designed to create a city of inclusive opportunity for residents, stakeholders, and communities. The URA is committed to creating more housing that is affordable to the average Pittsburgher; encouraging more entrepreneurship and small business development; promoting inclusive growth and quality job creation; expanding neighborhood and main streets revitalization efforts; and developing a talented workforce that is equipped with the skills of the future.