turquoise and green kid paint texture, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Abby Lanes’s photostream

There’s a slew of environmental and arts grants available right now for Pittsburghers. These grants cover a broad range of opportunities for applicants. There’s something here for everyone! Community groups, non-profits, faith-based institutions, companies, entrepreneurs, small arts organizations and individual artists and designers are all encouraged to investigate the following list of grants. (Grants are listed in order of their deadlines.)

179_52 (My pet frog, sitting on a green painting), a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from artmonstergirl’s photostream


Green Building Alliance Product Innovation Grants
Deadline: February 28, 2011

This is a fantastic opportunity for companies and entrepreneurs with existing products or concepts to apply for financial assistance with the goal of creating new and innovative green building products. Established commercial firms and universities located in Pennsylvania are eligible and collaborative efforts are strongly encouraged. More information available here.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grant Program
Deadline: March 31, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has 45 grants available totaling $1.2 million in funding to address local health and environmental issues. These include: 40 grants of up to $25,000 each to support projects that address a community’s local environmental issues through collaborative partnerships, and; four grants of up to $50,000 each to gather better science on the environmental and health impacts of exposure to multiple sources of pollution in communities. Information on eligibility and how to apply here and more information on the program in general is here.


The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 4:00-5:30 PM

This is an informational session for The Heinz Endowments’ Small Arts Initiative which is dedicated to project support for professional arts organizations in southwestern PA. It takes place at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, 5941 Penn Avenue in East Liberty. There will be a review of key components of their grants program and a Q&A session. Additional information and a download of their 2011 Application Guidelines is available here.

Next Episode Pittsburgh Open Call for Artist Proposals
Deadline: February 25, 2011

Next Episode Pittsburgh has put out an open call for artist proposals for their Inaugural Public Program Series. This is an opportunity for Pittsburgh-based artists to submit proposals for temporary public artworks, performances, or site-specific installations in any medium to be presented at various locations throughout Pittsburgh beginning this May. More information here.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grants
Deadline: March 1, 2011

These grants are intended to fund professional growth opportunities for artists. They help to support expenses that are related to an artist’s development. Examples of the types of items covered: expenses for mounting a show, travel and lodging to attend a workshop/residency, shipping expenses for an exhibit in another city, etc. Grants range from $250 to $1,500. Additional information and application download can be found here.

Office of Public Art RFQ for Wood Street to Mon Wharf Design Team
Deadline: March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The Office of Public Art, in conjunction with Point Park University and Riverlife, is seeking to commission an artist to be a part of the design team to develop an innovative project that connects Wood Street to the newly created Mon Wharf Landing in downtown Pittsburgh. The artist will be placed on a design team with La Quatra Bonci Associates which designed the Mon Wharf Landing. Artists teams (including individuals working in multiple fields) are encouraged to apply. While this is open to all artists living in the US, Pittsburgh-based artists are strongly encouraged to apply. The Request for Qualifications is available here.