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Neighborhood Initiatives Fund

The Neighborhood Initiatives Fund Program provides grants in order to help unlock the economic and placemaking potential within neighborhood commercial corridors, support vision-to-action community investment strategies that build an equitable Pittsburgh, and formalize collaborative partnerships across the City.

Program Details

The Neighborhood Initiatives Fund Program (NIF or the Program), administered by the URA’s Business District Services Unit, is designed to help to advance projects in Pittsburgh’s neighborhood business districts that enhance the physical and visual elements of the corridor, and are aimed at improving the quality of life for both businesses and residents.

There are two tiers of available grants:

  • Tier 1 grants will fund projects between $20,000 and $50,000

  • Tier 2 grants will fund projects between $50,001 and $150,000

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 awarded to  the project, there must be at least one-dollar ($1) of match invested in the project by the grantee. Matching funds must come from non-URA and non-city sources.

Important Program Dates

Letters of Interest (LOI) will be accepted beginning July 1, 2024

  • You can find the LOI template here.
  •  LOIs will be accepted as long as funding is available.

How to Apply

Letters of Interest may be submitted on a rolling basis beginning July 1, 2024. Once an LOI is received, URA staff will schedule a site visit with the applicant. If the project is determined to be eligible for funding, an invitation to apply will be extended. You can find the LOI template here.

Note: the submission of an LOI and program application does not guarantee funding

Letters of interest must be submitted using the Jotform portal. Submissions sent via email will not be accepted.

The program will close when all funds are depleted.

Email with any questions.


Program Materials

Program Guidelines

Submit a Letter of Interest

NIF Itemized Budget Template

Information for Current Grantees

Request a Reimbursement (Online)

Requst a Reimbursement (PDF)

Submit Final Grant Report

Request a Grant Agreement Extension




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