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Pittsburgh, PA 15219






Catalytic Grants

The Catalytic Grants Program provides awards ranging from $1,000 – $75,000 to support ideas that make Pittsburgh area neighborhoods healthier, safer and stronger. The program is open to nonprofit organizations and partnerships serving low-to-moderate income communities in Allegheny County.

*Note: We will not be accepting new Catalytic Grant applications until 2021. Please check back for updates next year.

Our Approach:
We pursue our mission to support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining healthy neighborhoods by using grantmaking as a vehicle. Each year, Neighborhood Allies fundraises to reinvest in our valued partners in the Community Development sector.

The goal of the Catalytic Grant Program is to support 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 neighborhoods in transition 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 are guided by a set of foundational values and principles throughout our decision-making process. We seek out grants that are equity focused, trauma-informed, person-centered, collaborative, and/or transformative.

What We Fund: Our 5 Priority Result Areas which are encompassed in our Healthy Neighborhoods framework, guides the implementation of our investments and work on the ground in neighborhoods.  

Where We Fund:

  • The Hill District
  • Hilltop (Beltzhoover, Knoxville and Allentown)
  • Homewood
  • Larimer
  • Millvale
  • Wilkinsburg

Grant Amounts and Types:

  • Cycles: Spring, Fall, Rolling (Only $15,000 and under available on a rolling basis)
  • Award Range: $1,000 – $75,000

Decision-making Process:

  • Over $15,000: Our larger grants are reviewed by our internal grantmaking team, Investment Advisory Committee and our Board of Directors.

  • $15,000 and under: Our smaller awards allow for more responsive grantmaking. These grants are approved by our internal grantmaking team and senior leadership, streamlining the decision-making process for grant seekers.

We Will Not Fund:

  • Individuals
  • Political candidates/campaigns
  • Religious organizations for religious activities
  • Grant requests from outside of our target neighborhoods

Exceptions: Neighborhood Allies will fund system-level change through grant requests. These initiatives generally require collaboration from multiple partner organizations, including nonprofits, foundations and private sector actors. At this time, system-level requests are by invitation-only.

If you have a proposal to create larger scale, system-level change within Allegheny County, please reach out Cait Lee at for further discussion. We love to collaborate and look forward to hearing your ideas.

How to Proceed with an Application: We utilize Grant Lifecycle Management, an online grant management platform to manage our letters of intent and applications. This tool also allows us to better manage our grant application, reporting and impact measuring workflows. All Catalytic Grant applications and supplemental reports need to be submitted via our GLM system. (Click here to view a sample PDF of the Catalytic Grant Application).

If you have questions or need more information about our Catalytic Grants Program, please contact Program Manager for Grants and Investments, Cait Lee at

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