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Neighborhood Allies Opens Spring 2020 Catalytic Grant Funding Round to Support Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization Work

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Neighborhood Allies is calling for letters of intent (LOIs) from local organizations who seek a Catalytic Grant to support neighborhood revitalization projects that promote healthier, stronger communities in Pittsburgh. LOI’s are due by January 13th, 2020 at 5 pm. Successful LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal for a Catalytic Grant, due on March 9th, 2020.


The application is open to nonprofit organizations and partnerships in our target communities and supports innovative, collaborative and inspiring ideas that make our neighborhoods healthier, more equitable and livable for all. Risk taking and innovation are encouraged, and we believe we must test new approaches that demonstrate potential for promising and transformative results.

The priorities of this program are to 1) seed community development ideas that help transform our focus communities and identify scalable ways to create positive social impact and 2) support comprehensive community development strategies and partnerships that will dismantle inequities, improve neighborhoods and enable all residents to enjoy a better quality of life.

We will prioritize requests that help our allies achieve results in one or more of our Healthy Neighborhood Framework areas: Market Confidence, Quality of Life, Neighborhood Image, Community Ownership, and Equitable Development.

Catalytic grant requests between $15,000* – $75,000:

  • For grant requests within this range, decisions will be made on a bi-annual basis.
  • LOIs will ONLY be accepted via our online grant management portal (Foundant). Staff will review the LOIs and then select applicants with the most promising proposals to submit full applications, which are due on March 9th, 2020. Final decisions for spring awards will be made on April 8th, 2020.

* Requests/applications totaling $15,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions will be made within 60 days of submission. All grant applications, no matter the dollar amount should be submitted via our online grant management portal (Foundant).

Contact Catalytic Grants Manager Cait Lee at or 412.471.3727  with questions concerning eligibility, our grants management site, or our grantmaking guidelines!

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