Two South Pittsburgh groups are among the 10 recipients who will receive funding through his ServePGH initiative's "Love Your Block" (LYB) grant program.
The block revitalization program provides an opportunity for local volunteers and residents to partner with the city to transform blighted lots into community assets. Thanks to a partnership with the Home Depot Foundation, local nonprofit organizations are awarded $500 to purchase supplies and equipment to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. This is the second round of the program.
South Pittsburgh grant recipients were: the 400 Block of Jucunda St. Clean-up Committee to reclaim vacant lots by transforming them into gardens; and the Lighthouse Memorial Christian Center to beautify the neighborhood by improving the landscape; adding greenery, trees, and flowers.
"Last fall, the positive impact of the first round of Love Your Block grantees was visible across the city," said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. "Participants leveraged over $7,500 of additional donations, collected 5,480 pounds of litter and impacted 47 City blocks. I look forward to seeing the impressive transformations that this spring's grantees will make in their neighborhoods."
The program is one of seven service initiatives that are a part of the Mayor's servePGH plan, which coordinates volunteers to help address the city's greatest challenges. In choosing the recipients, the city gave special consideration to projects that demonstrate a creative solution to an identified community issue, address one or more vacant lots and leverage local and/or veteran volunteers. City departments will meet with the awardees and deploy city services such as trash collection and graffiti removal, as feasible.
The Home Depot Foundation donated $10,000 toward this program in the form of $500 Home Depot gift cards. For the second of two rounds of grants, the ten selected projects will each receive one gift card. Project implementation will take place this May and June, and applications for the next round of grants will be available this summer.
"The generous support from The Home Depot Foundation for the first 20 Love Your Block projects will be complete after this round; however, I am committed not just to continuing this program, but growing it to support 50 projects a year in the future," Mayor Ravenstahl said. "We are extremely grateful to the Home Depot Foundation for their investment in this program and their national commitment to supporting vibrant and sustainable communities."
For more information, visit servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 412-255-2280.