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Pittsburgh, PA 15219





McAuley Ministries Awards $150,000 to Neighborhood Allies

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A $150,000 grant from McAuley Minstries will support Neighborhood Allies’ comprehensive work to build community opportunity over the next three years!

This support from McAuley will enable Neighborhood Allies to achieve the following goals:

Goal #1: Nurture and grow promising ideas into innovative, transformative initiatives through our grantmaking programs.

  • Measure of Success: Our revamped grantmaking programs will invest over $900,000 into neighborhood organizations and cross-sector partnerships and networks and leverage an additional $5 million.

Goal #2: Increase the sources and flow of community development capital to low-income neighborhoods and improve the effectiveness of capital deployment, especially for struggling individuals and families.

  • Measure of Success: We will lend a minimum of $2 million primarily in support of acquisition and predevelopment projects including small mixed-use buildings and affordable housing projects for low to moderate income families.

Goal #3: Advance the state of knowledge and will to act on an effective equitable development agenda for Pittsburgh.

  • Measure of Success: Through our p4 and PolicyLink work we will create greater awareness of p4 in Pittsburgh communities and organizations throughout the city and to begin to explore the implementation of the equitable development recommendations developed by PolicyLink.

Goal #4: Develop specific neighborhood level strategies for each of our target neighborhoods that take into consideration varying neighborhood conditions and local context. We will strive to ensure that all of our residents live in healthy, opportunity-rich, safe neighborhoods of choice in the long-term.

  • Measure of Success: Our Neighborhood Level Strategies will be used to inform our grantmaking, guide our work and help us prioritize our neighborhood change efforts through the deployment of our complete capital model, focusing on both people and place.

Goal #5: Cultivate a cadre of resident changemakers and develop skills and increase know-how of community development organizations by building strong connections within and between neighborhoods and increasing people’s confidence, commitment, and access to resources to participate in and successfully implement community change agendas. 

  • Measure of Success: The Grassroots Grantmaking Committee will award grants totaling at least $30,000 for resident-led projects. Our Community Capacity Building program will demonstrate increased organizational capacity through community development trainings including the Real Estate Empowerment Series, workshops, technical assistance and networks, and a deeper understanding of a new community development paradigm.

Goal #6: Expand the Community Development Fellowship Program by creating and hiring a two year mid-career Community Trauma Fellow to extensively research trauma and develop a model for the implementation of a trauma informed community building approach.

  • Measure of Success: Lillian Grate, our Community Trauma Fellow will produce a report out at the end of the first year detailing progress and lessons learned. During the second year, a Trauma Informed Community Building approach will be implemented in one of our target neighborhoods.

Goal #7: Use art and culture to serve as a catalyst to animate public spaces, rejuvenate streetscapes and structures, support local businesses, enhance public safety, and bring together residents.

  • Measure of Success: Temporary public art projects will be completed in each of our target neighborhoods and be coordinated with broader neighborhood revitalization efforts, incorporating resident engagement in planning and implementation.

Thank you, McAuley Ministries for your generous support!

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