W 144th Block Beautification Day, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Ennuipoet * FreeVerse Photography’s photostream

This month, Pittsburgh City Council approved legislation for the City to receive a $130,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation to fund an expansion of the Love Your Block program. Love Your Block is a block revitalization program which was created to reduce blight in the City of Pittsburgh. The program invites neighborhood groups to propose volunteer-led projects to transform their blocks with a $1,000 mini-grant. The groups also receive support from key City departments. One hundred block revitalization projects will be provided with resources over the next two years. The groups receive the grants in the form of Home Depot gift cards.

DSC04715, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from lapraxis’s photostream

This will be the third round of projects in this program. Love Your Block projects have helped to improve 47 blocks and have involved 675 volunteers. A total of 17 community gardens were created and 5,480 pounds of litter were removed. This year, a contest is being added for the best project. The prize will be $2,000 in Home Depot gift cards!

You can apply online here to participate in the program. Love Your Block applications are due no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

Garden, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from rwoan’s photostream