BUDGET & MANAGEMENT

Grant Opportunities

Applications for the 2021 CDBG Programs are now OPEN! 

The City of Pittsburgh has opened applications for the Public Service and Neighborhood Economic Development (NED) grant. Organizations serving low income Pittsburgh residents and communities are invited to learn more and apply. These grants are funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

 

Below is more information on which application would be best for your oraganization and details on upcoming information sessions. If you have questions, email us at community.development@pittsburghpa.gov



Please read carefully through the requirements below before beginning your application. If you have questions, email us at community.development@pittsburghpa.gov

 

 

NED Application Due: 5:00 PM Friday, May 14, 2020 *Late Applications Will Not Be Accepted* 

 

Grant Description:

 

There are two types of NED grants, and one application to apply for both. 

 

Regular Neighborhood Economic Development (NED) grants provide operating support for organizations facilitating or developing housing and/or commercial development in CDBG-eligible areas of the City of Pittsburgh. Applicants can request up to $40,000  grants for a one year term. If your organization has applied for a NED grant in the past, it was through this program. 

 

*NEW* Capacity Building NED Grant: For smaller organizations engaging in economic development in their communities. This grant is for organizations spending less than $200,000 per year on staff salary and benefits. The organization awarded this grant will receive up to $50,000 per year for four years as long as they meet program milestones. Awardees will also receive technical assistance to help grow the organization. Only one organization will receive this award. Applicants eligible for the Capacity Building grant will automatically be considered for regular NED grant as well, but will only be awarded the greater of the two—not both. 

Regular NED Grant  

  • Maximum request: $40,000 
  • Term: one year (July 2021-June 2022) 
  • Applicants: Organizations of any size  
  • Projects funded: Economic development in CDBG-eligible neighborhoods 

 

*NEW* Capacity Building NED Grant 

  • Maximum request: $50,000 annually 
  • Term: Four, one year terms 
  • Applicants: Smaller organizations building capacity 
  • Projects funded: Economic development in CDBG-eligible neighborhoods 

 

 

Eligibility Requirements 

 

Applicants must:  

  • Have a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status (contact our office ahead of application submission if you have a fiscal sponsorship arrangement) 
  • Serve a CDBG-eligible City of Pittsburgh neighborhood serving primarily low to moderate income residents (see map of CDBG-eligible census tracts);  
  • Engage in or help facilitate development of community’s residential area and/or business district 
  • Only Capacity Building Grant: Annual Staff Salary and Benefits <$200,000  

Application Timeline

  • 4/5/21- NED Application Opens
  • 4/16/21- Virtual Information Session
  • Q&A Sessions - Virtual open hours for applicants to call in to ask specific questions about the grant and application process
    • 4/23/21, 3:00-4:00pm
    • 4/30/21, 3:00-4:00pm
  • 5/14/21 - Application Deadline
  • June 2021 - Approved Applicants will be invited to present to NED Advisory Committee in June during working hours

Presentations

Applicants that have submitted eligible projects will be invited to make a presentation to the NED Advisory Committee in June. These presentations are followed by questions from Advisory Committee members. This year the presentations will be conducted online. 

 

Selection Process

The NED Advisory Committee consists of representatives from City Council, Department of City Planning, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Mayor’s Office and experts in economic development. This committee makes recommendations to City Councilmembers who makes the final determination on awards. 

 

Activities eligible for funding under this program include:  

 

  • Neighborhood planning that leads to the selection of development sites  
  • Creating community consensus around a project 
  • Marketing of new developments 
  • Tenant selection 
  • Information resource 
  • Business recruitment 
  • Financial packaging 
  • Project management (architect and contractor selection, construction management) 
  • Administrative control of a development project 
  • Greening activities in facilitation of residential/commercial development as delineated in a community plan to eliminate blight 

 

Application Submission

  1. Download fillable PDF application 
  2. Complete application 
  3. Create zip/compressed folder*containing the application and attachments labeled with “2021 NED” followed by your organizations name 
  4. Email zip file containing NED application and attachments to community.development@pittsburghpa.gov   

        *Follow link for instructions for creating a compressed folder in Microsoft and Mac

 
 

INFORMATION SESSION 

The City will hold a virtual information session on Friday, April 16, 2021 1:00-3:00pm on Microsoft Teams. For information on registering for this event go to the “Application Info Session” tab below. 

Please read carefully through the requirements below before beginning your application. If you have questions, email us at community.development@pittsburghpa.gov

 

Grant Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. 

 

GRANT DESCRIPTION 

This grant can go towards a wide variety of projects that serve people with low to moderate incomes. Projects typically provide direct services to vulnerable populations. Programs that were awarded grants in previous years include: food pantries, youth summer camps, job training, career services, literacy programs senior programs, and more!   

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

 

Organizations must:   

  • Have 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status 
  • Serve people with low to moderate incomes or communities with residents that have low to moderate incomes 
  • Possess a nine-digit Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number  
  • Have no outstanding financial liabilities with the City of Pittsburgh or demonstrate an approved payment plan 

 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION 

Your organization must submit the google form application through the link below. You MUST also email application attachments to community.development@pittsburghpa.gov. In the email subject line write “PS 2021” followed by your organization’s name. 

 

 

INFORMATION SESSION 

The City will hold a virtual information session on Friday, April 23, 2021 1:00-3:00pm on Zoom. For information on registering for this event go to the “Application Info Session” tab below. 

 

Information Sessions

Please register for an information session to learn more about the application process. Registered participants will receive a link to the virtual information session and presentation. If you cannot attend, the information session will be recorded and posted on this page.

Neighborhood Economic Development 2021 Information Session

April 16, 2021 1:00-3:00pm - Registration link

 

Public Service 2021 Information Session

April 23, 2021 1:00-3:00pm - Registration link

Below are a list of additional resources that may be useful while completing your Public Service or Neighborhood Economic Development applications, Some of these resources are also included in the application.

  1. CDBG Map – Map showing CDBG eligible census tracts, useful for Public Services area benefit or Neighborhood Economic Development projects
  2. CDBG Eligible Census Tracts – Spreadsheet listing neighborhoods and CDBG eligible census tracts, useful for Public Services area benefit or Neighborhood Economic Development projects
  3. CDBG 101 Presentation – Additional information on how Pittsburgh utilizes CDBG funds
  4. HUD CDBG Video – This is a HUD video that gives a good overview of the CDBG program nationally. The intended audience is local governments that recieve CDBG funding, but it can explain the restrictions on spending CDBG funds.

 

Public Service Grant: This grant is is for 501(c)(3) nonprofits for a wide variety of activities that serve people with low to moderate incomes. Projects typically provide direct services to vulnerable populations. Programs that were awarded grants in previous years include: food pantries, youth summer camps, job training, career services, literacy programs senior programs, and more. The application cycle for 2021 will be opening soon. This grant is funded by the Community Development Block Grant program.

Neighborhood Economic Development Grant: Provides funding to community development corporations to engage in activities that support economic development and neighborhood planning. Past projects have included, but not limited to: neighborhood planning, site assembly, project management for development projects, community outreach for development projects, and business recruitment. This grant is funded by the Community Development Block Grant program.

Emergency Solutions Grant: Provides funding for nonprofits that provide services and shelter to people experiencing homelessness. The application cycle for 2021 is closed.

 

Email Community.Development@pittsburghpa.gov for more informaiton and if you would like to be added to an email list to be notified for these grant opportunities. Please indicate which grant you are interested in.