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.

Community Festive Program - collage of various people in festivals


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 may take place over more than one day, however, in alignment with program goals, priority will be focused on one-day events.

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

For full program details, please read the 2024 Community Festival informational document here or e-mail  Please note that some program information has been updated for 2024.

A brief informational meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, March 13 at 2PM. To join the meeting at that time, click here.

The 2024 Community Festival Program Grant application window will open on Monday, March 18. Applications will be accepted through 5PM on Monday, April 15.

Access it here: 2024 Community Festival Program Grant Application