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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.

Details

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.

Schedule:

  • 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

Complete the program application found here and submit it along with all required attachments to Matt Reitzell at mreitzell@ura.org.

Information Sessions

Three information sessions will be held via webinar.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:00PM https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/837227173
Phone Number: +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 837-227-173

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 12:00 - 1:00PM https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/192506045
Phone Number: +1 (786) 535-3211
Access Code: 192-506-045

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 12:00 -1:00PM 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/534387005
Phone Number: +1 (571) 317-3122 
Access Code: 534-387-005

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More Information

Program Fact Sheet
Program Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
2020 Program Application

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