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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

Information Sessions

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.
    Kingsley Association
    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.

More Information

Program Fact Sheet
Program Guidelines
Program Application
Frequently Asked Questions
Sample Tier 1 Grant Agreement
Sample Tier 2 Grant Agreement

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