Most importantly, call us with questions. We’d love to speak with you! If you would like project guidance or have questions about resilience, please contact Alexander Cupo at 215-285-5030 or Emily Costello at 814-360-6858. If you have questions regarding the application, please contact Lex Janes at 412-255-4795.
Please consider the following in planning your project:
- All projects must benefit the public and sites should be visible from the street or another public space.
- There are different guidelines for private vs. public property.
- You can check who owns your proposed project site here.
- If you would like to work on private property, we will need written permission from the property owner. A sample property permission form is here.
- If you would like to work on City property, give us a call and tell us your project idea. We’ll help inform what the City will permit or what challenges may arise.
- We encourage community art projects, however we do not recommend art projects on City property under the Love Your [Resilient] Block program.
- All structures, on City or private property, are subject to the receipt of permits from Zoning and the Bureau of Building Inspection.
- Structures include fences, sheds, walls, and signs. All must be illustrated on a scaled site plan, at a minimum.
- In addition, if you require a permit, the project site must have an address. But don't worry; we will help you!
- Many projects on City property will be subject to Art Commission approval. If you’ve never attended a public hearing, this is a great opportunity for you to learn how that process works!
- Grantees may be eligible to purchase or rent equipment, however the equipment must remain under the ownership of a community group.
- Final approval of your budget is always subject to City approval.
- While faith-based organizations may participate in Love Your [Resilient] Block, the City will not fund projects involving religious activity or practices.
- Make sure your proposed project would be inclusive and welcoming to all residents.
In planning for strong and successful projects, consider the following:
- Build strong partnerships
- Consider having local businesses come out and lend a hand or donate food or materials.
- Recruit volunteers from a local VFW post, or have a service-learning component for youth.
- Leverage donations
- Consider having residents donate plants, compost material, or food for your volunteer event day.
- Make sure it’s feasible
- We love creative ideas- but don’t bite off more than you can chew! If you have a huge idea, make Love Your Block a first step in the right direction and secure some other partners that can assist with your plans for the future.
- Engage neighbors
- While your volunteers can come from anywhere, we’ve found that the most impactful projects utilize volunteers within close proximity to the project. People like to be a part of what’s happening next door, and are more likely to maintain and sustain the project afterward if they helped plan and implement it.