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Sponsorships through the URA

The URA provides sponsorships to help fund community development events throughout the city, such as small business fairs.

Image shows young boys in front of URA Sponsorship sign at 2023 Juneteenth event.

2024 Sponsorship Program 

The URA Sponsorship Program will begin accepting applications on Monday, January 8, 2024. The application window will close on Friday, March 8, 2024. Please click here to apply.

Please carefully review the Sponsorship Program guidelines before applying. If your business or organization is NOT registered with the City of Pittsburgh's Tax Compliance Office, please click here to begin the process.

 

Program Timeline

  • January 8, 2024 – Application window opens 
     
  • February 13, 2024 – Sponsorship Application Office Hours  

  • March 8, 2024 – Application window closes 

  • March 11, 2024 – Application review period begins 

  • April 8, 2024 – Awardees notified 

 

Focus

The Sponsorship Program provides grants to support City of Pittsburgh-based events, programs, and initiatives that align with one or more of the following focus areas:

  1. Strive to make Pittsburgh a more  equitable inclusive place for all residents in all neighborhoods;

  2. Provide equitable, high-quality economic development services;

  3. Invest in economic and community development events, programs and initiatives that align with Pittsburgh’s economic development goals;

  4. Support or spur the development of affordable housing;

  5. Support entrepreneurship and small businesses;

  6. Leverage collaborative relationships with other economic development organizations;

  7. Promote investments that attract and retain businesses; and/or

  8. Expand community-based neighborhood development.


Funding 

  • Tier 1 Sponsorship: up to $1,500
  • Tier 2 Sponsorship: up to $5,000
  • Avenues of Hope Sponsorship: up to $7,500

Award amounts are determined by a Sponsorship Review Committee which conducts a qualitative review of the event/program/initiative’s alignment with one or more of the above stated focus areas, the potential community impact, and the strength of the applicant’s submitted materials.

Avenues of Hope Sponsorship grants are reserved for events, programs and initiatives that occur in, primarily serve/benefit, and/or are hosted by members of the communities centered on one of the seven Avenues of Hope corridors. Please note that enhanced awards are not automatically conferred to Avenues of Hope-related applications. Rather, the decision to award funding in excess of $5,000.00 will be based solely upon the merits of applicants’ vision and submitted application materials.

At its discretion, the URA reserves the right to decline funding or provide funding that is less than the amount requested by the applicant.

Questions?

Please contact sponsorship@ura.org with any questions.


 

Making an Impact Together.

At the URA, we are committed to fostering growth, enhancing neighborhoods, and empowering the community. These funds have been instrumental in supporting local organizations, businesses, and community-driven projects that align with our goals of economic development and community enrichment. The URA is proud to be a partner in these endeavors as we work collectively to create a brighter future for Pittsburgh.

 

2023 Awardees

13th Annual Community Development Summit

14th Ward Youth Baseball

Aggie Awards

Barrel & Flow Festival

Black Excellence in Real Estate Gala

Equity Impact Center Full Circle

Hill District Arts Festival

Homewood Health Summit

Homewood National Night Out

Homewood Toy Drive

Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community

Juneteenth & Black Music Festivals

Kentucky Derby Party

Luxury Brand & Fashion Business Event

My Business My Pride

Neighborhood Community Development Fund

Network & Grow with Ascender

PCRG Annual Conference

Rose Run 5K

Summer Market Series

The Nancy & Paul O'Neill Speaker Series

 

2022 Awardees

14th Ward Youth Baseball

AACCWP Golf Outing

Aggie Awards

Barrel & Flow Festival

Black Excellence in Real Estate Gala

BPE Jazz

Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE)

Duquesne University SBDC

Equity Impact Center

Freedom Skate

Friendship Walk

Green Building Alliance Annual Event

Greenwood Week

Gwen's Girls Annual Event

Hill District Arts Festival

Hilltop Alliance

Homewood Health Summit

Homewood Toy Drive

Invest in Her Event

Juneteenth & Black Music Festivals

My Business My Pride

Naptural Beauty Supply

Neighborhood Community Development Fund

Network & Grow with Ascender

PCRG Annual Conference

Rose Run

 

Stay tuned for updates on the 2024 projects and initiatives that will receive support through the URA Sponsorship Program, as well as information on how you can get involved and make a difference in our city.

For more information on URA Sponsorships, please email sponsorship@ura.org.

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