Community Festival Program

Enjoy the diverse heritage, food and entertainment of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods.  Throughout the year, community festivals celebrate city living and showcase the best features of our thriving neighborhoods.

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In existence since 1977, the Community Festival Program Grant has provided funding to help communities introduce and maintain neighborhood-focused festivals for over 40 years. The program’s goal is to provide financial assistance to community groups so they may launch and develop an annual event to bring together their community and foster togetherness. Grantees are selected by committee and based on specific criteria.  All approved grant applications receive up to $1,000.00 in reimbursed funds to assist with operations of their festivals.

The festival season is from June 1 to October 31. 

Who is eligible to receive a CFP grant?

To be eligible for funding, your organization and event must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a non-profit, tax-exempt, Pittsburgh community-based organization;
  2. The organization must have been in existence for at least three years;
  3. The festival must be free and open to the public*, and to the benefit of the community at large;
  4. The festival must be a one-day, one-off event (not multi-day, weekly, monthly, etc.)

*festival cannot charge admission or otherwise condition entry to the event.

For full program details, please read the 2023 Community Festival informational document here or e-mail Please note that program information may change for 2024.

The 2024 Community Festival Program Grant application window will open in early spring.