BUDGET & MANAGEMENT

Grant Opportunities

 

2020 CDBG Programs are now OPEN!

The City of Pittsburgh has opened applications for two grants to support nonprofit activities. Both Public Service and Neighborhood Economic Development grants are administered by Community Development Division in the Office of Management and Budget. 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).

Please read carefully through the requirements below before beginning your application. For more information please email us at community.development@pittsburghpa.gov or call 412-255-2211.

 

Community Development staff are working from home out of concern for the COVID-19 virus. Email will be the fastest way to get answers about the application.



Grant Amount: $2,500 (minimum), $150,000 (maximum) 
Application Due: 5:00 PM Friday, April 24, 2020 *Late Applications Will Not Be Accepted* 

 

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 with
    • a Board of Directors
    • Written bylaws
    • Federal tax identification number
  • Have a mission that supports City of Pittsburgh residents
  • Demonstrate financial management capacity
  • 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 Timeline

March 12, 2020 – Application Opens
April 1, 2020 – Application info Session (see info session tab below)
April 24, 2020 5:00 PM – Application Due Date, Late Applications Will Not Be Accepted 

 

Required Application Documents

  1. Application Form 
  2. Attachment A: Charter and Bylaws of the Organization
  3.  Attachment B: 501(c)(3) determination and incorporation papers, including tax identification number and the organization’s DUNS number
  4. Attachment C: Most recently submitted IRS 990 form

 

Two Ways to Submit Public Service Application:

1. Email: For the first time organizations can submit their application via email. Please download the fillable PDF application below and include attachments in a zip/compressed folder* to community.development@pittsburghpa.gov

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

2. Mail: Request a paper application by calling 412-255-2211 or community.development@pittsburghpa.gov.

 

Grant Amount: $15,000 (minimum), $40,000 (maximum)
Application Due: 5:00 PM Friday, April 24, 2020 *Late Applications Will Not Be Accepted* 

 

Description

The application for the Neighborhood Economic Development Grant is now available online! The 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: neighborhood planning, site assembly, project management for development projects, community outreach for development projects, and business recruitment, and more!

 

Eligibility Requirements

 Organizations must: 

  • Have a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax status 
  • Operate in a CDBG-eligible City of Pittsburgh neighborhood and serve primarily low-moderate income residents; 
  • Have sufficient capacity to supervise staff and raise other funding 
  • Qualified applicants must be available to make a presentation on their proposed project
  • NED funded organizations must actively market URA and City programs and home improvement programs
  • In addition, NED funded communities must actively work with the Finance Department in marketing of City owned buildings

 

Application Timeline

March 12, 2020 – Application Opens
April 2, 2020 – Application info Session (see info session tab below)
April 24, 2020 – Application Due Date, Late Applications Will Not Be Accepted
Mid-May – Presentation to NED Committee (ACCBO) Members

 

Required Application Documents

  1. Application Form 
  2. Attachment A: Charter and Bylaws of the Organization
  3. Attachment B: 501(c)(3) determination and incorporation papers, including tax identification number and the organization’s DUNS number
  4. Attachment C: Most recently submitted IRS 990 form; For applicants applying for $30,000 or more, an audit from FY 2018 or 2019 must be submitted
  5.  Attachment D: In addition, all organizations must submit a copy of the organization’s current annual budget. This document should be the organization's complete operating budget, not just a budget for the proposed project.

 

Two Ways to Submit Public Service Application:

1. Email: For the first time organizations can submit their application via email. Please download the fillable PDF application below and include attachments in a zip/compressed folder* to community.development@pittsburghpa.gov

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

2. Mail: Request your application by calling 412-255-2211 or community.development@pittsburghpa.gov.

 

Application Info Session

The Community Development Division is holding info sessions to assist organizations applying for either the Public Service or Neighborhood Economic Development Grant. Due to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control we are holding Facebook Live virtual meetings. You MUST register for each virtual meeting: registration link

If you cannot make the info session, or are unsure which session applies to your organization please contact the Community Development Division at community.development@pittsburghpa.gov and 412-255-2211.

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. Pittsburgh 2019 Income Limits – Spreadsheet showing the income limits to use CDBG funding, useful for Public Services limited clientele or direct service projects
  4. CDBG 101 Presentation – Additional information on how Pittsburgh utilizes CDBG funds
  5. 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.

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