PITTSBURGH, PA (February 16, 2016) – The Office of Mayor William Peduto today announced that 19 organizations will receive funding for the ninth season of the City of Pittsburgh’s Love Your Block (LYB) grant program.
Through the Love Your Block revitalization program, the City of Pittsburgh and Peoples Gas award $1,000 grants to applicants that submitted a block improvement project plan. The award money is used to purchase supplies and tools necessary to implement a block improvement project. Awardees mobilize community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets. Additionally, a 20th award of $2,000 will be given to the organization that carries out the most successful block transformation, according to identified criteria. Project implementation will take place from April 1 to June 30, 2016.
“It is exciting to have a new Love Your Block season approaching - bringing together neighbors, community members, and volunteers to enhance our city,” said Mayor William Peduto. “I am proud of the way Pittsburghers rise to the occasion, turning blighted, vacant lots into beautiful community assets. These projects exhibit the best of what the City of Pittsburgh has to offer, an unmatched sense of pride with a passionate spirit of volunteerism.”
Love Your Block is made possible thanks to a generous donation of $25,000 by Peoples Natural Gas. The program is based on the Cities of Service Blueprint of the same name.
The Spring Hill Civic League was awarded the 2015 “Best Block Revitalization Project” and received an additional $2,000 for to further enhance the neighborhood gateway that was created as part of their initial project. “This project has taken an eyesore in a highly visible location,” said Ben Soltesz of the Spring Hill Civic League, “and made it beautiful with plants, trees, and a work of art.”
For more information, visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-255-4795.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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