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LYRB PROJECTS & IDEAS

Projects & Ideas

Below are locations and descriptions of some past Love Your Block projects! 

If you are interested in volunteering with one of the projects below, call 412-255-4795 or email lex.janes@pittsburghpa.gov for information about the project stewards. 

Here are some project ideas from past grantees and other cities to help get your wheels turning! What type of change would make the greatest impact in your neighborhood? 

Past Projects:

  • Rain garden to mediate excess water
  • Veterans Memorial clean up and beautification
  • Pop up café in front of vacant storefront to attract potential business owners
  • High school students revitalized the school basketball courts, tennis courts, and baseball field by:
    • Repainting lines
    • Picking up litter
    • Fixing the bleachers
    • Planting flowers
    • Painting sidewalk art

Other Project Ideas or Components:

  • VFW post beautification
  • Storm water mitigation
    • Bioswales
    • Rain barrels
    • Retention basins
    • Rain gardens
  • Emergency Preparedness
    • Establishing a phone tree
    • Gathering and distributing 72 hour preparedness kits
    • Public information sessions
  • Outdoor classroom
    • Private property
  • Other community gathering space for picnics, small concerts, or local neighborhood events
    • Private property
  • Trail beautification or riverfront clean up
  • Park cleanup & revitalization
    • Weeding
    • Litter removal
    • Graffiti removal
    • Fence replacement/painting
  • Mural painting
    • Private property only
  • Social cohesion & personal well-being
    • Starting social groups
    • Certification trainings
    • Yoga or meditation classes
  • Safety/security lighting/improvements
    • Private property only
  • Energy or water conservation measures 
    • Low-flow sprinklers
    • Recycling bins
    • Motion detector lighting

Consider including a community engagement piece. Here are some creative ideas that past grantees have utilized:

  • Engage youth to paint flower pots that you fill with flowers and deliver to all of the residents on the street.
  • Go door-to-door and spread the word about the Love Your [Resilient] Block project or educate neighbors about some related component of the project.
  • Have a local community artist work to survey the neighborhood in a creative way or create graphic design materials to spread the word about your project.
  • Ask neighborhood volunteers to contribute $5 of matching funds toward the project or 2 flowers toward the garden.
  • Get tools for your event day from the neighborhood; or go one step further and consider starting a tool-share program in your community.
  • Have students write poetry about their Love Your [Resilient] Block project and then screen-print it for a community art showcase.
  • After the Love Your [Resilient] Block garden is complete, add it to an ongoing community garden tour.
  • Have a community resource table featuring neighborhood assets, ask local restaurants cater, or offer related activities for kids to do on your Love Your [Resilient] Block event day.
  • Add a competition, with a prize for the resident that does the best job sprucing up their front porch and front yard on or before event day
  • Make your project as “green” as possible by incorporating composting, efficient energy strategies, or water management

To be notified when the next round of Love Your [Resilient] Block grants are available: