The Neighborhood Initiatives Fund Program (NIF)
The Neighborhood Initiatives Fund (NIF) Program is a program intended to assist nonprofit and community-based organizations with neighborhood-scale projects that improve quality of life and maintain the neighborhood as a desirable place to live.
The Program, administered by the URA’s Economic Development department, provides grants in order to help unlock the economic and placemaking potential within neighborhoods; support vision-to-action community investment strategies that build an equitable Pittsburgh; and formalize collaborative partnerships across the City.
NIF is intended to assist nonprofits (including government agencies) and community-based organizations with neighborhood-scale projects. These projects include efforts that encourage neighborhood investment through vacant property reclamation and stewardship, historic preservation, brownfield redevelopment, public infrastructure improvements, and/or other eligible efforts. Nonprofit organizations with for profit development partners are also eligible to apply.
- April 2, 2020 - Round Opens
- June 1, 2020 - Applications Due
- August 2020 - Awards Announced
There are two tiers of available grants:
- Tier 1 grants will fund up to $15,000
- Tier 2 grants will fund up to $100,000
A match is not required for Tier 1 grants. Tier 2 grants will require a 2:1 match; for every two dollars ($2) of Program funds invested into a project, there must be at least one-dollar ($1) match invested in the project. Matching funds must come from non-URA and non-city sources.
How to Apply
Three information sessions were held via webinar.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:00PM
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 12:00 - 1:00PM https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/192506045
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 12:00 -1:00PM
Phone Number: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 534-387-005