Apply now for Love Your [Resilient] Block 2017!

 The City of Pittsburgh invites you to apply to the 2017 Love Your [Resilient] Block program. Projects will be selected to build resilience in their neighborhoods and transform their blocks with a $1,500 grant and the support of key City Departments! 


Application Deadline: January 6, 2017

Click Here to Apply! 

Best Block Transformation Award Winner!


The Best Block Transformation Award Winner is Spring Hill Civic League!  SHCL and volunteers landscaped a highly visible lot at the community entrance. They weeded, planted flowers and scrubs and layed mulch to a vacant lot that is home to a mosaic art piece exhibiting the history of the Spring Hill nieghborhood.


Congratulations Spring Hill!

Making an Impact!


"The project looked enormous when we first started and there were doubts expressed that we would complete it in time. [But] We did it, and the high-fives showed the feeling of accomplishment everyone was feeling."


- Christina HowellBloomfield Development Corporation

Getting Things Done!

"We have a new sense of community responsibility - where we are all accountable for creating a better Pittsburgh."

- Tera McIntosh, The Hazelwood Initiative


"This program helps tear down the barriers between what neighborhood groups may want to do and lets them actually accomplish it."

Ben Soltesz, Spring Hill Civic League

Creating Community Involvement!

"With the volunteers, the transformation of the site would not occur without many hours and days of continued efforts. They arrived in numbers and helped transform the site quickly. The best part of the event day was using it to foster excitement for the future of Beechview and bringing people together.."

- Joe Wingenfeld, Beechivew Business Distric Revitalization Project



Love Your [Resilient] Block - FAQs

What is Love Your [Resilient] Block?
Love Your [Resilient] Block is a program created to build resilience in our City - block by block!

Here's how it works:

  1. Nonprofit organizations from across Pittsburgh are invited to propose projects to transform their blocks and build resilience in their neighborhoods with up to $1,500 in funds and the support of key City Departments.
  2. Competitive projects will be selected, after which City agencies will engage with awarded group members and listen to their block improvement requests.
  3. They will then proceed to carry out the requested services, as feasible.
  4. With grant money, the selected groups purchase equipment and supplies, engage their neighbors, and roll up their sleeves to carry out their own brand of block beautification and repair.
  5. Make sure you rally volunteers and put forth your best effort as there is an award of $3,000 given to the most impressive block transformation, to be used by the winning community group for future site improvements. 

Who funds Love Your [Resilient] Block?
Love Your [Resilient] Block is sponsored by Cities of Service and Peoples Gas. The City of Pittsburgh supports grant recipients by coordinating City services and assisting with City licensure and permitting processes.

Who can apply for a Love Your [Reslient] Block grant?
Qualified nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply.

For purposes of this Love Your [Resilient] Block program, a non-profit organization is defined as a corporation, group, or association that exists for charitable and/or public purposes without a profit motive or shareholders.

Any organization that wishes to submit a proposal, but that is not a nonprofit organization as defined above, may propose to use another organization that meets this definition as its fiscal agent.

What can a group do with a Love Your [Resilient] Block grant?
Be creative! You’ll see from our list of Projects & Ideas that there is a wide variety of implementation ideas. Being selected as a Love Your [Resilient] Block recipient is not just about the funding, but it is an opportunity for a community to leverage local volunteers.

What City services can Love Your [Resilient] Block grantees request to leverage in support of their projects?

  • Provide trash collection services for the block project
  • Clean City-owned vacant lots
  • Prune overgrown City-owned trees
  • Graffiti removal on City property
  • Repair damaged/missing street signage
  • Board up vacant, City-owned buildings
  • Fill potholes
  • Survey block for new tree planting opportunities on City-owned property or in the public right-of-way
  • Prioritize demolition
  • Investigate building code violations
  • Provide information about grant and loan programs available to Pittsburgh homeowners
  • Provide information about community greening resources and other resources available for business districts

How can I get involved?

Call 412-255-4795 or email to be notified when applications become available. 

Contact Us
servePGH Office:

City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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