November 27, 2012 | Vol. 73 No. 18

Next round of Love Your Block to emphasize veteran-related projects

Applications are now available for the city’s spring 2013 Love Your Block grant award program. Local non-profit organizations have until February 14, 2013 to apply.

The block revitalization program gives up to 30 organizations $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Project implementation will take place from April 27 to June 30, 2013. Love Your Block is one of eight service initiatives in the city’s servePGH initiative.

“Love Your Block continues to successfully provide Pittsburgh residents with the tools they need to revitalize our neighborhoods block by block,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. “I continue to be inspired by the wonderful projects we’ve seen in the past, and invite residents and community leaders to come up with creative ideas to help revitalize their community for the spring 2013 season.”

Organizations from all 90 neighborhoods are encouraged to propose their ideas. Special consideration will be given to projects that engage local veterans and veterans’ organizations. Encouraged projects include veterans’ monument beautification and projects that take place in neighborhoods with a high population of veterans.

City leaders will meet with the awardees and deploy city services such as trash collection and graffiti removal to support the projects, as feasible. A full list of available city services can be found in the Love Your Block applications.

Applicants for the spring 2013 program must be a qualified non-profit organization or have the support of a non-profit fiscal agent, and the impacted area must be within city limits. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on February 14, 2013; late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified of their status by early March 2013. A mandatory grantee orientation will take place in April 2013, location and time will be announced to grantees at a later date.

This year’s fall round of Love Your Block grants enabled creative projects to come to fruition all across the city, from installing and planting flower boxes, to beautifying veterans memorials, to planting a community meditation garden.

Grantees impacted 49 blocks by collecting 6,676 pounds of litter, creating 99 green spaces, leveraging over $14,000 in donations and recruiting over 700 volunteers.

Love Your Block is made possible, in large part, through the Home Depot Foundation. The selected projects each receive one $1,000 gift card. Love Your Block is also supported in part by Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program.

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