One Northside is a community-driven initiative to improve the quality of life on Pittsburgh’s Northside.
Since early 2014, hundreds of Northside residents have engaged with local leaders and stakeholders to create a shared agenda for community revitalization. In partnership with The Buhl Foundation, The Sprout Fund provides catalytic support and resources to Northside community leaders for small-scale neighborhood-level projects. As a key partner with One Northside over the past 2 years, Sprout has supported 135 projects and invested nearly $500,000 in the resilient people and unique places of Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhoods.
In 2017 Sprout will continue to make community innovation resources available to Northside community leaders for small-scale neighborhood-level projects through Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants of up to $1,000. Applicants must live or work on the Northside and funded project activities must take place in the 18 neighborhoods of the Northside.
Apply for a Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grant
Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants of up to $1,000 will continue momentum at the individual resident level by providing funding for very small-scale community projects with broad community support. First-time applicants, as well as previous grantees and new collaborative groups, will demonstrate their local support through neighborhood petitions, letters from community groups, and small financial or in-kind pledges. Projects may be one-time events, ongoing initiatives, or urgent innovations, and will be led by previous Neighbor-to-Neighbor grantees, newcomers to the program, and creative collaborations among previously-supported project team members.
Applications for 2017 Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants are due by 5:00pm on June 9, July 7, and August 4. Decisions are typically announced by the end of each month.
Click here to download the application materials to prepare your proposal in advance of submitting the online form.
Learn more at an upcoming info session
Thinking about applying for a grant? Sprout is hosting information sessions at the following Northside neighborhood locations:
- Thursday, May 18 @ 5:30pm: Artist Image Resource (AIR) (518 Foreland St. 15212) Register to attend
- Friday, May 26 @ 8:30am: Chateau Cafe and Cakery (1501 Preble Ave. Chateau 15233) Register to attend
- Friday, June 2 @ 8:30am: Pear & the Pickle (1800 Rialto St. Troy Hill 15212) Register to attend
- Friday, June 16 @ 12:00 noon: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Woods Run (1201 Woods Run Ave. 15212) Register to attend
- Thursday, July 6 @ 5:30pm: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny (1230 Federal St. 15212) Register to attend
- Friday, June 9 (deadline day #1) 12:30pm – 5:00pm: Arnold’s Tea House (502 E Ohio St. 15212) Application drop off and last minute consultations.
- Friday, July 7 (deadline day #2) 12:30pm – 5:00pm: Arnold’s Tea House (502 E Ohio St. 15212) Application drop off and last minute consultations.
- Friday, August 4 (deadline day #3) 12:30pm – 5:00pm: Arnold’s Tea House (502 E Ohio St. 15212) Application drop off and last minute consultations.
Questions? Give us a call at 412-863-2907 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Crowdfunding with ioby.org
Sprout is partnering with ioby.org to offer training and one-on-one support for eligible Northside community projects that would like to run a crowdfunding campaign in addition to applying for grant support. Crowdfunding on ioby allows project leaders to raise funds, cultivate a local donor base, find volunteers, and build visibility for their project, all with one-on-one support and training from ioby staff.
Learn more and get started on your campaign at ioby.org/northside>>
Background & Context
Since early 2014, hundreds of residents of the 18 neighborhoods on Pittsburgh’s Northside have engaged with local leaders and stakeholders in community-wide conversations to create a shared agenda for the revitalization of this vital component of the greater Pittsburgh region.
Facilitated by Jackson/Clark Partners and supported by the Buhl Foundation, this process has been able to leverage existing community assets and the inherent hard work and dedication of the people of the Northside to create a meaningful community-driven engagement initiative and to articulate one compelling vision for the future of these communities.
The Sprout Fund is Pittsburgh’s leading agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making the region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Sprout provides critical financial support for projects and programs in the early stages of development—when just a small amount of investment has the potential to yield big results in the community.