The Neighborhood Initiatives Fund Program (NIF)
The Neighborhood Initiatives Fund (NIF) Program is a pilot 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, will provide 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.
- July 15, 2019 - Funding round opens
- October 1, 2019 - Applications are due
- November 2019 - Funding awards
- December 2019 - Enter into grant agreement
- December 2020 - Funds must be expended
There are two tiers of available grants:
- Tier 1 grants will fund up to $20,000
- 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
Complete the program application (below) and submit it along with all required attachments to Matt Reitzell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Sessions Presentation
Past Information Sessions
- August 5, 2019 | 6 - 7 p.m.
Beechview Healthy Active Living Center
1555 Broadway Ave.
- August 6, 2019 | 6 - 7 p.m.
West End Healthy Active Living Center
80 Wabash St.
- August 8, 2019 | 6 - 7 p.m.
6435 Frankstown Ave.
- August 13, 2019 | 6 - 7 p.m.
Manchester Citizens Corporation
1319 Allegheny Ave.
- August 14, 2019 | 6 - 7 p.m.
Carnegie Library - Hill District
2177 Centre Ave.
- August 15, 2019 | 12:00 - 12:40 p.m.