Neighborhood Allies Responds to Community and Expands Funding Pool for Grants to Residents!Leave a Comment
With double the amount of applicants and creative project ideas than last year, Our Love My Neighbor! grant program is reaching and supporting more of Pittsburgh’s residents than ever! As a result of the increased efforts by the residents in our communities, Neighborhood Allies has increased the grant pool from $63,000 to $100,000 for the third round of Love My Neighbor!.
Our Love My Neighbor! grant program received over 50% more applications this year than last year – 65 applicants this year versus 40 applications in 2017. Additionally, this year’s grant ask is over 200% of last year’s ask – $150,000 this year versus $72,000 in 2017. As a result of the increased efforts by the residents in our communities, Neighborhood Allies has increased the grant pool from $63,000 to $100,000 for the third round of Love My Neighbor!.
This year, the creativity of projects represents the majority of projects. These projects include a father/daughter dance, creation of a documentary to capture the history of a neighborhood, an effort to mobilize people to vote, an after school coding program, identification of walking trails within neighborhood parks, immunization clinics, hydroponic food production, engineering/vocational training for high school youth, youth-led public art projects, a survey to assess housing needs, 5K community walk to increase health awareness, a peace assembly to build trust, promote safety, and increase awareness around stopping violence, a new healing safe space for kids who have lost their parents to violence, a food pantry that provides low-cost, healthy options for seniors, a sisterhood that aims to build self-esteem, self-awareness, and leadership skills, the installation and maintenance of beehives to stem the decline of bees and pollinate the community garden, the preservation and teaching of the steelpan to youth—an afro-Caribbean musical instrument.
By funding these inventive projects, the GGC and Neighborhood Allies acknowledge that providing seed money to neighborhood entrepreneurs gives them the opportunity to get their ideas of the ground and build their track record for success. This program helps residents build confidence in themselves, the grant writing process, and their ability to attract additional funding.
Many of applicants are completely new to the grant writing process. Out of the 65 who applied, 57 are new applicants and 49 applicants have never applied for a grant before. By giving them the opportunity to apply and receive a LMN grant, we believe we give them an accessible and nurturing pathway to create change in their neighborhood. By increasing the funding pool and honoring the projects that residents dream up, we are truly responsive about our communities. We are excited about increasing the funding pool for this year and look forward to the incredible projects that come out of our beautiful neighborhoods!
For more information, visit www.lovemyneighborgrants.org.