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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.


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

Complete the program application found here and submit it along with all required attachments to Matt Reitzell at

Information Sessions

Three information sessions will be held via webinar.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:00PM
Phone Number: +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 837-227-173

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 12:00 - 1:00PM
Phone Number: +1 (786) 535-3211
Access Code: 192-506-045

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 12:00 -1:00PM
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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