Community Development Administration Division
Advisory Committee on Community-Based Organizations
Community Development

The Advisory Commission on Community Based Organizations (ACCBO) makes recommendations to the Department of City Planning regarding funding for community based organizations. These funds are used as operating support for groups that pursue community economic development activities.

For more information, call Tim DiSalvio: 412-255-2238.




PROGRAM:                  Community Economic Development

AGENCY:                     Advisory Committee for Community Based Organizations (ACCBO)

TYPE OF FUNDS:        Operating – Community Development Corporations

DEADLINE:                 4:30 p.m.  Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Office of City Planning-2nd floor

Community Based Organization (CBO) Fund Grants provide operating support for community based organizations involved in facilitating or developing housing and/or commercial development activities in CDBG-eligible areas of the City of Pittsburgh. The CBO fund grants are contingent upon the City’s receipt of Community Development Block Grant Funds.

In order to be eligible to apply for this funding, community organizations must submit a letter of intent describing the activities they will propose in their application.  The organization/activities must comply with the following fund criteria. 

·         Must have been in existence for two years;

·         Must be a 501(c)(3) organization (or through a fiscal conduit for two years only);

·         Operate in a CD-eligible City of Pittsburgh neighborhood and serve primarily low-moderate income residents;

·         Have sufficient capacity to supervise staff and raise other funding

·         Must engage in residential or commercial real estate development or facilitate such development.

·         Demonstrate a working knowledge of the SNAP Action Planning Data in relation to the proposed project.

In the context of the facilitation of residential and commercial development, the ACCBO Committee will accept applications for operating support to underwrite greening activities, e. g., blighted property clean-up, urban agriculture, energy conservation and production, as delineated within an existing community plan.  Community planning activities which explore and incorporate greening strategies are also eligible.  Stand-alone projects not specifically linked to an overall community-generated vision are not eligible.

The letter of intent is not an application.  The letter is mandatory in order to be considered for operating support funding.  Upon reviewing the activities in your letter to ensure that they are eligible for ACCBO funds, an application will be sent to you.

Submission of a letter of intent indicates the applicant’s willingness to abide by the application review criteria as established by the ACCBO Board. 

The letter of intent must be only one page.  Additional pages will be discarded.

The letters of intent are due on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. and must include the organization’s email address No letters will be accepted after that date.  Mail the letters to Timothy DiSalvio, Department of City Planning, 200 Ross Street, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA  15219 and e-mail a copy to  Questions can be directed to Mr. DiSalvio at (412) 255-2238.

Full ACCBO applications will be sent out March 23, 2015, and will be due April 24, 2015.

City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, Fourth Floor | Pittsburgh, PA 15219 | 412-255-2200 | E-mail

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