URA grants $ 850,000 to finance neighborhood projects
A nonprofit group that plans to open a center for at-risk children in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh receives a $ 100,000 grant from the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) to help pay for renovation costs.
The price at the Northside Partnership Project was one of 18 grants totaling $ 850,000 that were awarded to nonprofits through URA’s Neighborhood Initiatives Fund.
The Northside Partnership will use the money to repair the heating plant at the old McNaugher School in Perry South. The URA also awarded $ 100,000 in grants to the Hazelnut Initiative and to Biblical Center Church for the improvement of its community kitchen.
âThe Northside Partnership actually bought a closed school from the Pittsburgh Public closed school portfolio,â says Susheela Nemani-Stanger, director of the Center for Community and Economic Development at URA.
âThe location is perfect for serving their at-risk youth population. But the building needed so much work. Unfortunately, closed schools are not eligible for many state funding programs. This will help them stabilize their building. It’s a historic building, and that will help them modernize the heating system, âsaid Nemani-Stanger.
Grant awards were based on geographic diversity and on projects that could be completed within one year.
âThe criteria for the grants were to identify projects that could help unleash the economic and creative potential of places in neighborhoods,â says Nemani-Stanger. âSomething that had a vision for action, a community investment strategy that helps build a fair Pittsburgh and has a positive impact for most people, really.
“It can be somewhat difficult,” says Nemani-Stanger. âThis is why we are planning a second round. We know there were projects that weren’t ready, and we encourage them to stay tuned and keep in touch for the following rounds. So when their project is ready to go in a second 12 month period, they might be ready.
The next round of projects will be selected in the spring.
The URA continues to work with each nonprofit organization after the money is awarded.
âEach grant recipient also has an economic development staff member who will stay with them on the project, to provide any necessary technical assistance,â says Nemani-Stanger.
Other scholarships include:
â¢ Pittsburgh Musical Theater: $ 94,360 for its historic building
â¢ Brookline Together: $ 19,995 for a community apiary and garden
â¢ Bloomfield Development Corp. : $ 20,000 for improving the streetscape
â¢ Grow Pittsburgh: $ 18,000 for the East Commons Community Garden in Allegheny
â¢ Union project: $ 78,000 for the front seat and the stairs of the building
â¢ Manchester Citizens Corp. : $ 50,000 for the Juniata Street green project
â¢ ACH Clear Pathways: $ 80,000 for the ACH Clear Pathways Arts Center
â¢ Western Pennsylvania Conservancy: $ 15,694 for updates to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy community gardens
â¢ Northside Leadership Conference: $ 5,000 to expand the We Like Bikes program! Bicycle rack program
â¢ Mount Washington Community Development Corp., $ 20,000 for the Wyoming / Virginia / Southern Intersection Redevelopment Planning Project
â¢ Elizabeth Seton Center: $ 83,333 for a roof replacement
â¢ Project Love Coalition: $ 15,800 for the Agri-Green Space and Learning Garden
â¢ Point Breeze North Development Corp. : $ 20,000 for the planning of Westinghouse Park
â¢ Landforce: $ 19,818 for the South Side Park Accessible Trail Loop
â¢ Nine Mile Run watershed: $ 10,000 for Rosedale / Hill Neighborhood Gateway
Information on applications for the next round of grants can be found here.