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Love Your Block grant program seeking applications from groups

 


Mayor William Peduto has announced applications are available for the city’s Spring 2014 Love Your Block grant award program.

The bloc k revitalization program gives organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary for a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Applications will be available until Friday, Feb. 28 and project implementation will begin April 15.

“With the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation, I am excited to announce that we have doubled this year’s round of mini-grants. This will help create more prominent and sustainable projects throughout our city,” said Mayor Peduto. “The grassroots work supported by this program will change the landscape of our neighborhoods.”

Selected groups will also receive support from city departments through services such as trash collection and graffiti removal, as feasible. A full list of available city services can be found in the Love Your Block application.

Applicants must be a qualified nonprofit organization or have the support of a nonprofit fiscal agent and their impacted area must be within City limits. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-March. A mandatory grantee orientation will take place in April 2013 with location and time to be announced to grantees at a later date.

All qualifying groups are eligible for an additional award. The two best block revitalization projects will receive an additional $3,000 Home Depot gift card for future block enhancements based upon judgment criteria listed in the application details. Special consideration will be given to Love Your Block projects that engage local veterans and veterans’ organizations.

To date, grantees have impacted approximately 290 blocks by collecting more than 37,000 pounds of litter, creating 197 green spaces, leveraging almost $161,000 in donations and recruiting more than 3,300 volunteers.

Love Your Block is funded by The Home Depot Foundation and is supported in part by the Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Mayor Peduto joins more than 150 mayors from across the nation in continuing the tradition of impact volunteerism in their respective cities. By signing the Cities of Service Declaration of Service, Mayor Peduto committed to using citizen service in a meaningful way to help tackle some of Pittsburgh’s most pressing needs through volunteer-fueled programs, ranging from mentoring the city’s youth to revitalizing neighborhood blocks through the City’s servePGH initiative.

 

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