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The Chuck Cooper Foundation | Leadership and Diversity Program Expansion

1101 N Murtland St, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PdownloadROJECT: Leadership and Diversity Program

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic

GRANTEE: The Chuck Cooper Foundation

The Chuck Cooper Foundation will extend and expand its Leadership and Diversity Programming for high performing African American Graduate Students, Young Professionals and Undergraduates entering into the early phases of their career. CCF intends to: 1) Continue career and leadership programming with 20 students per semester; 2) Expand professional mentoring program to recruit new mentors from the corporate community to provide tailored one-on-one mentoring; 3) Create Diversity Coalition of Stakeholders.

*The Chuck Cooper Foundation is a public charity, not a private foundation.

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Gardens of Millvale Parcel Acquisition | Millvale CDC

Butler Street, Millvale, PA, United States

gardens of millvalePROJECT: Garden Lot Acquisition

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic


The Millvale CDC will acquire the parcels that currently house The Gardens of Millvale, a community project, from the Borough of Millvale. This acquisition will protect this community asset from current sales pressure and future development and prevent the loss of a key building block for the Millvale community – a resident-led, proactive project that supports the Millvale EcoDistrict Plan, Farm Truck Foods and the forthcoming Food Hub.

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Youth Programs Coordinator | UrbanKind Institute

Beltzhoover, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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PROJECT: Youth Programs Coordinator

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic

GRANTEE: UrbanKind Institute

A full-time Youth Programs Coordinator will be hired to serve as a liaison between youth, schools, community organizations, policymakers, and the foundation community. The project is a joint effort between Remake Learning and UrbanKind.

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Farmers Market Cooperative | Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers:

Homewood North, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Photo credit: BUGS Conference Facebook

Photo credit: BUGS Conference Facebook

PROJECT: Homewood Farmers Market Cooperative

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers (Landslide Community Farm)

Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers will establish a Farmers Market Cooperative in Homewood. The market will also educate community members on the importance of buying locally in our communities, healthy eating habits, growing our own food, and the connection of environmental sustainability in our communities through educational sessions held at our Market.

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Allentown Positivity Campaign | Brashear Association

Brashear Association Inc, East Warrington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: Allentown Positivity Campaignbrashear kids

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Brashear Association

Brasher will create a campaign of positive messages throughout Allentown to spread happiness and beautify community streets and empower kids to realize they have a significant voice and a say in their community.

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Culinary Job Mentoring Program | Cafe on the Corner

2700 Shadeland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: Culinary Job Mentoring Program

photo by: Nick Buzzelli

photo by: Nick Buzzelli

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Cafe on the Corner (New Hope Renewal)

Cafe on the Corner will develop a culinary job mentoring and employment program that would serve young residents of Marshall/Shadeland and other parts of the Pittsburgh North Side.

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Industry on Industry Project Materials | Hilltop Alliance

Hilltop Alliance, East Warrington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

813E37CD-59A5-44B3-A0E2-156423821409PROJECT: Industry on Industry Project Materials

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Hilltop Alliance

The Hilltop Alliance will purchase project materials for the temporary public art projects that will be created for and displayed throughout the Allentown neighborhood by the Industry on Industry artists and makers.

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CBO Collaborative Shared Financial Manager | Lawrenceville United

253-263 39th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, USA

imagesPROJECT: (CBO) Collaborative Shared Staff

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Lawrenceville United

A professional consultant will create the framework for a shared Financial Manager position between a newly formed community-based organization (CBO) collaborative: Lawrenceville United, Bloomfield Development Corporation, Neighbors in the Strip, Polish Hill Civic Association.

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EcoDistrict Incubator Training | Millvale Community Library

Millvale Community Library, Grant Avenue, Millvale, PA, United States

PROJECT: EcoDistrict Regeneration IncubatorIMG_5294

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Millvale Community Library

The leadership team behind the Millvale EcoDistrict to the EcoDistrict Urban Regeneration Incubator program, which is a three-day intensive. training designed to accelerate EcoDistrict-modeled urban regeneration projects.

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Jobs First Program | Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh:

Larimer, Pittsburgh, PA, United States


PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

RTP will develop the Jobs First program, which provides them with a reliable labor force while offering a paid skills-development opportunity to community members who have, for various reasons, been unable to find and/or maintain meaningful and long-term employment.

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Lots of Pride | South Hilltop Men's Group:

Beltzhoover, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: Lots of Pride InitiativeHilltop Mens Group

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: South Hilltop Men’s Group [New Sun Rising]

To purchase landscaping equipment and tools for their Lots of Pride initiative, which is a work experience program for at-risk youth to maintain vacant lots in the Hilltop.


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Leadership Development and Mentoring Program | Chuck Cooper Foundation:

49 Thorncrest Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: Leadership Development and Mentoring Programdownload

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic

GRANTEE: Chuck Cooper Foundation

The Cooper Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is a program focused on training African-American undergraduate and graduate students through leadership and professional development seminars, and experiential learning opportunities. During the first phase of the program, the Chuck Cooper Foundation (CCF) will recruit 15 graduate students and 30 undergraduate junior and senior students, some of whom have a desire to work in the community development field, into this program to better prepare them for the next stage of their careers. CCF aims to eventually develop a network of 100 student participants and young professionals. This one-year grant term will partially fund the cost of a Program Director, program development and leadership curriculum development for the CLDP.

CCF intends to: 1) Continue career and leadership programming with at least 20 students per semester; 2) Expand professional mentoring program to recruit new mentors from the corporate and other professional communities to provide tailored one-on-one mentoring; 3) Begin to establish a network of stakeholders to provide social capital for students.

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Business Leadership Academy for Social Transformation (BLAST) | Hill CDC

2007 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

2014-07-14-22-47-04PROJECT: Business Leadership Academy for Social Transformation (BLAST)

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic


The Hill CDC currently owns the former New Granada Theater property, located at 2007 Centre Avenue in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  The structure has long been a link to the history of The Hill, and the CDC has recently issued a request for proposals seeking a redevelopment partner for the property.  The New Granada Alcove Project is an interim strategy to reactivate a 1300 sf portion of the structure (alcove + expanded) to incubate minority entrepreneurs and provide training assistance to retail micro-businesses, as part of a broader strategy to revitalize the commercial corridor. The project is in accordance with the Greater Hill District Master Plan and Centre Avenue Redevelopment Plan, and specifically its interim strategy to activate empty storefronts, abandoned properties and vacant lots on the Hill. It will also serve as a key element in the broader remaking of Centre Avenue, which runs through the heart of The Hill.

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Securing Our Future, Gardens of Millvale | Millvale Borough Development Council:

Hays Street, Millvale, PA, United States

PROJECT: Securing Our Future: Gardens of Millvaledscn2109

PROGRAM: Catalytic 2016

GRANTEE: Millvale Borough Development Corporation

Across from the Gardens of Millvale’s original garden, a series of parcels purchased and protected from future development by FEMA after flooding and given to the Borough, is the largest collection of parcels utilized by the Gardens of Millvale. This is the land that the Gardens are seeking to purchase – 8, 10, 12 and 14 Butler Street and 3, 5 and 7 Hays Street. On these parcels are 25 individual, family and community plots and a hoop house. This area consists of multiple lots once occupied by many houses which were destroyed by a fire and obtained by the Borough. Even though these parcels are also located in the floodplain, they were not purchased by FEMA and are therefore, eligible for development. Similarly, although residential properties were once located on these sites, the area is zoned commercial. Vacant land is limited and there are no other public green spaces in Millvale large enough for the hoop house and 25 plots. This grant will allow the Gardens of Millvale to acquire these parcels and protect this community asset from current sales pressure for development, and prevent the loss of a key building block for the Millvale community. This is a resident-led, proactive project that supports the Millvale EcoDistrict Plan, local businesses (including Farm Truck Foods and Tupelo Honey Teas), and the forthcoming Food Hub.

Along with the purchasing of the properties, Gardens of Millvale will establish a position for a paid project manager. This person will oversee the project through its entirety, as well as work with a Chatham University Masters of Sustainability student and establish relationships with local businesses to help become more sustainable. The manager will measure the success of the Gardens of Millvale through various ways; weighing product harvested, tracking how much produce is sold and donated, overall attendance increasing (i.e. work log use), etc. Through implementation of the new crop share program, the manager will work with a small group of people to test this concept for future garden productivity. Events and fundraisers will also be coordinated by the project manager. The Gardens of Millvale is also working to implement a business plan and strategic plan.

Through working with New Sun Rising’s -Millvale Food Pod (an organization that helps startups get the connections, information and support they need to succeed), The Gardens of Millvale are striving to create these plans over the course of the next six months. With this funding, they will have access to the tools to create a more professional business model as well as receive networking, education, collaboration, and growth opportunities for the garden organization as a whole.

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BizFIT Initiative | Riverside Center for Innovation:

700 River Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: BizFIT Initiativedownload

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic

GRANTEE: Riverside Center for Innovation

BizFIT is a new program designed to assist Disadvantaged and Minority Business Owners in the construction industry with the skillset to operate their business from start-up to becoming a prime contractor. BizFIT will assist the DBE to identify their strengths and weaknesses, look at their capabilities, evaluate the market place and see how they fit into the industry. Additionally, they will receive assistance in development of a five-year strategic plan for growth. RCI, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh-Small Business Development Center aka the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, has developed educational programs for DBE’s at every stage of their business development- from exploration of entrepreneurship as an option to opening the doors for the first time to development- to the development of a detailed plan to grow the business.

BizFIT Tier Three – Start Ups: BizFIT Entrepreneurial Preparation Series is a 10-12 week entrepreneurial business plan training that teaches start-up and existing construction DBE companies the following:
• Mechanics of Starting a Business;
• Market Penetration and Techniques;
• How to Access Capital;
• Financial Statement Basics;
• Understanding Operations and Managing Growth

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Fund My Future Expansion | NeighborWorks Western PA:

NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania, Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

dscn0273PROJECT: Fund My Future Expansion

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic

GRANTEE: NeighborWorks Western PA

In partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP), NeighborWorks will expand the college savings account program- Fund My Future (FMF) outside of the Propel Charter School System to serve youth and families living within the Bedford Dwellings community of the Hill District. FMF is an incentive-based program, encouraging family savings through monthly and annual raffles of gift cards and cash prizes. According to a 2013 report by the Assets and Education Initiative, children who have just $500 or less saved for college are three times more like to enroll in college. A savings account- particularly in a child’s name- is associated with better academic performance. Beverly Jewel Wall Lovelace (BJWL) Out-of-School Time Program is also a key partner and will provide staff time and resources to help with the implementation of this initiative. In addition to the FMF program, NeighborWorks’ existing financial education and counseling services will be made available to adults living in the Bedford Dwellings community. Within the first 12 months of the program, at least 64 youth are expected to participate in the FMF program and 65 adults are to be served through financial education coaching and workshops.

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Trauma Informed Community Development (TICD) Implementation | FOCUS Pittsburgh

2900 Webster Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

FOCUSPROJECT: Trauma Informed Community Development (TICD) Implementation

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic


In spring, 2015, we awarded $50,000 to FOCUS Pittsburgh to support the planning and pilot phase of the TICD Initiative. TICD is a comprehensive strategy that has been developed with the support and input of community members and stakeholders over the past two years. After completing the Consultative Workshop on the block of 2900 Webster Avenue in the Hill District this summer, a year-long H.O.P.E. Plan was created based on the input and feedback from block residents at that workshop. Through the H.O.P.E. Plan, Health & Well-being, Opportunity Making, Placemaking and Engaging Influencers, it is anticipated that people will begin to live healthier and be healthier – in all spheres physically, mentally/emotionally, relationally, socio-economically and spiritually. With this funding, FOCUS Pittsburgh will be able to provide the additional implementation support needed to complete the H.O.P.E. Plan throughout the next year. Additionally, this support will enable FOCUS Pittsburgh to expand this program to additional blocks within the Hill District that express interest.

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Property Stabilization Program Expansion | Hilltop Alliance

Knoxville, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

dscn2633PROJECT: Property Stabilization Program Expansion

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic

GRANTEE: Hilltop Alliance

The Hilltop Alliance’s Property Stabilization Program (PSP) works directly with property owners to help them access available resources to fix problems before punitive fines are pursued through the city. Using in-house offerings such as their side yard grants and residential façade grants, while also leveraging third-party resources, the PSP has a 36.9% success rate, having resolved 107 code issues to date. Thus far, all PSP efforts are proactively focused where current strategic plans exist (Hilltop Housing Market Restoration Strategy-2013 and the Haberman Corridor Plan-2016) and reactive where issues are reported by residents. With this funding, the Hilltop Alliance will launch a one-year Property Stabilization Program Fellowship for a Hilltop resident whom Hilltop Alliance will hire, compensate and train in how to monitor, communicate and work with the program partners to resolve property maintenance and/or quality of life code violations in Allentown, Beltzhoover and Knoxville. This knowledge transfer and project management training will provide the resident with the skills necessary to continue the work (on a volunteer basis) through their own community involvement and/or work in the greater Pittsburgh community development system.

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Continuation of 2nd Local Platoon | The Mission Continues

Homewood, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

IMG_2790PROJECT: Continuation of 2nd Local Platoon

PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic

GRANTEE: The Mission Continues

In June of 2015, we awarded TMC a $50,000 grant to launch a second platoon in one of our targeted neighborhoods. Through our assistance, TMC selected Homewood to start their second platoon. Over the last year, the 2nd Service Platoon has established an operation in Homewood where they are working to eliminate blight through partnerships with organizations such as Operation Better Block and Homewood Community Sports. The platoon is currently comprised of 32 veteran volunteers, 16 community members, and 22 external volunteers. Additionally, they have had nine service/support projects with over 500 volunteer hours worked. Projects range from community clean-up events, assisting homeowners with repairs to preparing Stargell Field for Opening Day. The platoon engaged community members and made repairs to five properties and recorded properties that may need additional support in the future. This project not only helped the community, but helped the veterans become more knowledgeable about the issues in Homewood and prepared them to become advocates for the neighborhood. Furthermore, the Pittsburgh 2nd Service Platoon has made greater connections to grant-makers, identified additional veterans who were able to connect to The Mission Continues and has become a lead collaborator on community impact projects.

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Streetscape Demonstration Project | Bloomfield Development Corp.

366 Gross Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

bloomfield-outreach_flyer_page_1PROJECT: Streetscape Demonstration Project

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Bloomfield Development Corporation

The Streetscape Demonstration Project was created in response to the deterioration of existing street amenities like garbage cans, and due to the lack of attractive and accessible amenities along Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield. Liberty Avenue is Bloomfield’s living room, where friends and neighbors interact and social bonds are strengthened. The goal of this project is to creatively gather community consensus on a variety of streetscape amenities and begin permanently installing the preferred items as resources allow.

The Streetscape Committee, comprised of BDC staff and board members, local residents, landscape architects, and representatives from Bloomfield Livable Streets, Bike Pittsburgh, and City Planning, identified benches, planters, and trash receptacles as the primary area of need. New items, chosen by the project committee, are to be installed in July on Liberty Avenue between Edmond Street and State Way. Installations will last up to six weeks and halfway through, the original elements will be removed and new options will be installed, allowing the community to experience two complete sets of streetscape amenities.

BDC is working closely with the City to secure all necessary permits and permissions for installation in a public right-of-way. This process involves navigation of the Art Commission review process, the encroachment permit required by Department of Public Works (DPW), and incorporating existing City standards of functionality and maintenance. BDC is documenting the project process and working with Department of City Planning (Michael Smith) in order to create a model for the Streetscape Demonstration Project that will be replicable in other communities.

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Living Lab | Homewood Children's Village:

Homewood Children's Village, North Homewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

homewoodchildrensvillage_logo_mainPROJECT: Living Lab

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Homewood Children’s Village

By promoting EcoDistrict principals, this partnership seeks to empower Homewood residents with the knowledge and understanding to fully participate in the 21st century and create a competitive, sustainable future for the neighborhood. The programming will be supported in part by technical assistance from Hyde Marine, the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and the Katz School of Business.

To convey the vision encompassed by the EcoDistrict framework, HCV proposes to develop a Living Lab near Westinghouse in Cluster 5 in Homewood. The site sits on nearly one acre at Sterrett Street between Kelly Street and Fleury Way, in the heart of the neighborhood. The partnership will develop the site into an outdoor classroom and educational facility for use by the community and Westinghouse students. The Living Lab will be a public park and an educational facility. Plans will include an air monitoring system, wind turbine, greenhouse, rain garden, bioswale and outdoor micro-farm. The greenhouse will be home to two Mobile Edible Wall units, maintained and managed by OBB, as well as an aquaponics system managed by BCC and OBB. HCV will incorporate the suggestions of the Westinghouse Science Department, which is interested in using an outdoor classroom as a living lab in which to conduct experiments on water, air and soil quality and rainwater capture among other activities.

This grant will help fund Phase 1 (Site Preparation, Planning, Outreach & Programming – Spring 2016) of the Living Lab project. Funding will allow HCV and its partners to engage an environmentally focused landscape architect to draw up professional plans, prepare the site, begin creating educational materials and start engaging the public around the lab, the EcoDistrict model and Sustainable Community Design principals. The Lab aligns with the Cluster Plan in that it calls for the creation of a network of parks and gardens and the neighborhood is envisioned as a food destination. Furthermore, BCC’s Oasis Foods project is creating urban farms and developing food-based businesses.

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Good Landlord Program | Housing Alliance of PA

710 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

downloadPROJECT: Good Landlord Program

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Housing Alliance of PA

The  Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania will develop resources for private market landlords to bring and keep naturally occurring affordable homes (NOAHs) up to code through a Good Landlord Program. The project includes researching and implementing a viable Rental Rehab and Repair reimbursement program design, as well as creating recommendations of best practices for landlords renting to low-to-moderate income (LMI) tenants. The Good Landlord Program will become a pipeline of private market rental units for tenant-based rental assistance programs through the homeless system and for Housing Choice Voucher recipients.

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Hill District Community Wireless Network | Meta Mesh

Hill Community Development Corporation, Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

download-1PROJECT: Hill District Community Wireless Network

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Meta Mesh Wireless Communities

Meta Mesh seeks to empower and provide the resources for Hill District residents to create a secure, resilient and scalable wireless network. This network will not only provide Internet access, but also become a community hub for distributing information related to public safety and events and serve as an economic development tool to attract an increased flow of business settlements and consumer activity to the area.

Meta Mesh will train residents of the Hill District to install, troubleshoot, maintain and expand a free and open Community Wireless Network (CWN) and purchase the materials to implement a 20-node network.

For this project, Meta Mesh will:

• Provide materials, equipment, training, food during events, and expertise during installation. They will additionally conduct educational programming for the Hill District residents on deploying and maintaining their community-owned wireless network. The CWN that Meta Mesh will install will become a part of the broader existing network known as PittMesh.

• Bring proven expertise in wireless network deployment for communities. The project will be installed efficiently under Meta Mesh and its partners’ guidance and the proficiency to maintain the network will be transferred to the community.

• Assist in deploying a seed network of 20 indoor and outdoor routers (nodes) covering the densest area of the business population in the Hill District. This will serve as the core of the network from which to expand.

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Manufacturing 2000 Quick Train | New Century Careers:

305 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PROJECT: Manufacturing 2000 Quick Traincourse1

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: New Century Careers

Quick-Train is offered at NCC’s Training Innovation Center on the South Side and in the Allegheny County Jail. NCC recruits, enrolls, screens and trains job seekers- with a focus on young adults-for this time-shortened (250, 450 or 600 hours) pre-apprenticeship program. NCC is the only Pittsburgh nonprofit organization currently providing this type of training free-of-charge to high school graduates and GED-completers.

Quick-Train incorporates modifications learned through a pilot project with the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative in which online learning was paired with hands-on training. This pilot program confirmed the efficiency and efficacy of online machining-related training.

Quick-Train allows un/underemployed men and women 18 and older to enter the manufacturing workforce within as few as three months, benefiting trainees who don’t have the financial means or time to enroll in longer training programs. In collaboration with industry, NCC provides classroom and hands-on machining training, instruction in math, machine theory, part print reading and metrology, plus special sessions focused on professional development and resume writing.

During the first 150 hours of Quick-Train, participants complete 50 online machining-related classes, followed by 100 hours of hands-on shop training at NCC’s Training Innovation Center. Licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the center has three classroom spaces and a shop floor with industrial mills, lathes, saws, grinders and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment.

Trainees immediately begin their job search after 250 hours of training. They work with NCC staff to create resumes, apply for employment opportunities and attend employer expos. NCC staff members distribute trainee resumes to partner companies and other employers seeking machinists.

NCC will purchase tools and measuring instruments for its Training Innovation Center to equip Quick-Train participants with the technical skills needed for successful employment with Pittsburgh’s manufacturers.

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Homewood Summer 2016 Self-Guided Tour | Operation Better Block

801 North Homewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

dscn2594PROJECT: Homewood Summer 2016 Self-Guided Tour

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Operation Better Block

Homewood is home to many noteworthy people, an array of historic places and creative endeavors. Homewood’s history is also one of Pittsburgh’s most noticeable, having gone through many cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic changes over the last century. However, Homewood’s positive assets have been overshadowed by decades of neglect and disenfranchisement along with negative images in the media. The frequent, unfavorable narrative has impacted Homewood’s image and the project team wants to change the story.

The project team will celebrate and give voice to Homewood through storytelling with the launch of the first Homewood Self-Guided Art & Cultural Tour this summer. The tour will highlight treasures in the neighborhood, both present and no longer here, to those who live, work and play in Homewood, as well as the greater Pittsburgh community.

The Tour will present an opportunity to build off the work that has already been done in the community. OBB’s Business and Institutional Corridor Cluster Plan gathered input from residents and stakeholders and the main theme that emerged was the goal of establishing Homewood as an African-American cultural destination by celebrating Homewood’s storied history, building up the existing art community, and placing a special focus on food, music, theater, visual arts and literature. This Tour will be the first activity that will demonstrate and showcase the rich culture of Homewood.

Community members and visitors will enjoy a self-guided tour, map and neighborhood guide that is free and open to the public from 11am – 5pm on Saturday, July 16th, 2016. A tour van to accommodate senior citizens and people with disabilities will be available for a designated time. The tour will be held during the Harambee Festival and the project team will utilize this opportunity to expand their collaboration as well as cross-market the events to gain positive traction.

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Co-Workshop Membership Start-Up Support | Pittsburgh Green Innovators

Energy Innovation Center, Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

283613_10151775603466808_854405097_nPROJECT: Co-Workshop Membership Start-Up Support

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Pittsburgh Green Innovators

This grant will support CoWorkshop Membership Fee Start-Up Support for two small non-profits for Pittsburgh Green Innovator’s co-working space at the EIC. With a preference for stable workspace and collaborative environment, yet limited means of startup budgets, the nonprofits have committed to providing $100 per month for their CoWorkshop Membership. PGI’s rate is $350 per month and they have already applied a community partner discount of $250 per month. PGI is requesting a total of $4,500 for membership fee support ($150 per month for 15 months each). The two occupants will be Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh (BUGs) and M-Powerhouse, a new educational program delivered to 4th through 6th graders from the Hill District Community using the CoWorkshop work room and the Citizens Science Lab in the EIC, with prospects for expanding to additional schools. PGI is looking to connect BUGs to community Kitchens of Pittsburgh through use of the EIC.

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Urban Farming in Manchester | Pittsburgh Struggling Student Assoc.

1320 Liverpool Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

dscn2777PROJECT: Urban Farming in Manchester

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association

The Pittsburgh Struggling Student Association seeks to address food insecurity in Manchester and its status as a food desert by using the Manchester Growing Together Farm as a hands-on educational classroom, teaching and reinforcing healthy eating and living, and economic empowerment. This farm, a small-scale direct to market farm, will soon be a certified natural grown farm which will enable them to host three FREE summer community dinners in order to provide a family setting and engage conversation among the community. PSSA will purchase a 16’x’32 pre-fabricated portable building with a kitchen and a pavilion from Ken’s Sheds of Slippery Rock that will be delivered fully constructed and usable to the site. This building will afford them the opportunity to sell and provide milk and cheese products and refrigeration to ensure freshness of the farmed products. The building also has a covered pavilion that offers a sheltered farmer’s market retail space as well as a classroom space for children’s programming, communal dinners, cooking demonstrations and meeting space. PSSA will also monitor and provide opportunity for youth that are court-ordered to perform community service hours. The site will mentor all youth who attend their summer youth programming. This will help reinforce positive behaviors and attitudes of youth who may be inclined to be involved in delinquent behaviors. Rewards will be earned based on attendance and behavior.

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No Place Like Homewood Mural | Moving the Lives of Kids

7008 Bennett Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

dscf7007PROJECT: No Place Like Homewood Mural

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Moving the Lives of Kids

MLK Mural focuses on the arts, youth development and education. MLK Mural was founded by artist and muralist Kyle Holbrook and opened their office in Homewood in 2002.

The Murals are guided by qualified professional artists/educators experienced in working with youth, public art and community engagement. The Youth Artists learn about the history and culture of their own community, and then translate their images into vividly colorful Murals in public spaces. The Youth Artists are paid for their commitment to neighborhood beautification and civic duty. They learn job responsibilities while participating in positive peer groups making positive impacts on their communities. MLK teamed up with Mayor Peduto, the Homewood Renaissance, and many other stakeholders to create a mural program that will kick off in the summer of 2016.

Moving Lives of Kids will select local youth through partner organizations, PSYEP programs, and from the website to participate in the summer mural program. Each student will have the opportunity to work for 6 weeks side-by-side with professional artists creating works of public art that both beautify the community and express the positive vision of Homewood.

Once the location has been selected and a selection committee has volunteered to review submissions, a call for artists is held. After artists have been prescreened and prequalified, they receive information from MLK Mural on themes and ideas expressed by the community. Once MLK Mural has submissions from three to five artists, they pre-sent them to the community. Community Empowerment and Homewood Renaissance are the collaborative partners.

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Homewood Community Sports: Stargell Field NFL/LISC Predevelopment

Frazier Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

IMG_2789PROJECT:  Stargell Field NFL/LISC Predevelopment

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple

GRANTEE: Homewood Community Sports

Homewood Community Sports will work with Operation Better Block (OBB), Studio for Spatial Practice, Neighborhood Allies, neighborhood residents, city government agencies and other community stakeholders to submit a competitive application for the NFL/LISC Grassroots grant opportunity. OBB will serve as the lead applicant for the NFL/LISC grant.

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Community Kitchen Pittsburgh Relocation | Action Housing:

Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

70a2ee_65d0843d07d2439fb1936f60a11aa779-mv2PROJECT: Community Kitchen Pittsburgh Relocation

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple


Over a three week period, ACTION-Housing contracted with Fourth Economy to complete an initial scan of possible federal and state funding opportunities to assist in the relocation and consolidation of the Pittsburgh Community Kitchen Commissary into the Oddfellows building in Hazelwood. Fourth Economy identified multiple opportunities, with the Economic Development Assistant Program being the strongest possibility since they have a rolling application period. This grant will support securing a consultant to help Community Kitchen and ACTION-Housing in the preparation of the application to the Economic Development Assistant Program.

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Data 101 Training Series | UCSUR

University of Pittsburgh, Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

parcel-extractor-1024x736PROJECT: Data 101 Training Series

PROGRAM: 2016 Small & Simple


Data 101 is a training series, jointly developed by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, teaches foundational skills and concepts to help people become data literate. This funding will support the creation of a toolkit in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for extending the Data 101 concept to public libraries and other organizations. This work includes documenting existing workshops and materials, developing and testing two additional Data 101 workshops, and piloting training and other models for knowledge transfer to allow new organizations to adopt and teach the Data 101 series. The Regional Data Center and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh intend to release these materials with an open license, allowing others to use and modify them to meet the needs of their audience. While the Regional Data Center’s involvement with Data 101 is largely limited to the first year of the program, the Library intends to institutionalize the series as part of its core programming.

Measuring Impact:

The impact of the Data 101 toolkit will be measured by continuing to survey Data 101 attendees and tracking the number of organizations that adopt the Data 101 training model. Participants at every workshop have completed a satisfaction survey providing feedback on the workshop, an understanding of the motivation for attending, and ideas for future workshops. Continued use of this survey will allow the partners to assess the quality of new workshops, and understand how the training conducted by new organizations compares to the initial workshop series. The partners will refine our dissemination plan and workshop materials based on this type of feedback.

The partners will also keep track of the number of organizations that adopt the Data 101 training model. Their plan is to publicly post all training materials on the Regional Data Center’s open data portal. Doing so will allow them to track metrics such as the number of downloads and views. They will also track the number of technical assistance requests, and record anecdotal information on the number of cities that adopt this model as discovered through their professional networks.

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Oakland Affordable Living Project | OPDC

2561 Allequippa Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States

PROJECT: Oakland Affordable Living

PROGRAM: 2016 Predevelopment Loan

PARTNER: Oakland Planning and Development Corp.



Aligning with Oakland 2025, the neighborhood’s community plan, the Oakland Affordable Living Project supports the plan’s identified housing goal to provide innovative, sustainable housing choices for diverse new residents who are attracted To Oakland’s vitality and amenities. It will also preserve workforce housing in Oakland and begin to address the need for affordable housing for
low-income working people looking for good quality housing in Oakland near jobs and transportation.

The OAL Project will:

  • Preserve and improve 24 affordable units as Allequippa Place
  • Produce an additional 25 affordable units
  • Five of the units will serve households earning at or below 20% AMI
  • Twenty of the units will serve households earning at or below 50% AMI
  • All units will serve residents at or below 60% AMI
  • Six units will be handicap accessible and two units will designed with audio/visual elements
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Bedford Dwellings Choice Planning Grant | Allies and Ross

Webster Ave & Bedford Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA

Grantee: Allies and Ross 
Project Name: Bedford Dwellings Choice Planning Grant
Healthy Neighborhood Focus Area: Community Ownership
Amount: $15,000

To further the development of Choice Neighborhood’s People Plan through the facilitation of 6 focus groups, 4 strategy development teams and writing the draft plan focusing on employment, education, public safety and health.

In June 2016, The Housing Authority of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh were awarded a Choice Neighborhoods (CN) Planning Grant for Bedford Dwellings/Hill District. The CN Initiative is HUD’s place-based initiative in support of a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation based on the three core goals of: Housing, People and Neighborhood, which are defined as follows:
• Housing: Revitalize severely distressed public and/or assisted housing
• People: Support positive outcomes for residents health, safety, employment, mobility and education
• Neighborhood: Transform distress neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to services, public assets and amenities.

The People working group, led by Duquesne University and the Hill House Association, has completed a comprehensive data gathering and needs assessment which included a resident needs assessment that surveyed 78% of Bedford Dwellings residents and multiple community meetings including a July Community Visioning Session.

The People Team will compile what they have learned through all of the community meetings, resident survey, focus groups and stakeholder meetings to determine the strategies the community has identified to meet the needs identified. After the second Community Visioning Session in October, strategy development teams, led by Duquesne faculty and consisting of residents, providers, government agencies, and other stakeholders will meet to create action steps and timelines for each strategy identified through the community planning process. Duquense is responsible for writing the actual people plan.

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