Love Your Block Guidelines

LYB Volunteers cultivating land in group photo.

  • Please keep these basic requirements in mind before applying:
  • Love Your Block is a mini-grant program with a maximum award of $5,000.
  • Funding is provided through reimbursement after project implementation.
  • Funding must be awarded through a non-profit. If your organization is not a non-profit, you can use one as a sponsor. Non-profits are welcome to sponsor multiple projects.
  • Projects must benefit the public.
  • Projects on private property must have the written permission of the owner.
  • All projects are subject to City of Pittsburgh Zoning and Permit guidelines.
  • Project-related events must follow COVID-19 guidelines that are in place at the time of the events.

In planning for strong and successful projects, consider the following:

  1. 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.
  2. Leverage donations
    • Consider having residents donate plants, compost material, or food for your volunteer event day.
  3. 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.
  4. Engage neighbors
    • While your volunteers can come from anywhere, we’ve found that the most impactful projects utilize volunteers within 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.