New neighborhood at Penn Circle North, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from real00’s photostream

The Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) works to improve underserved neighborhoods and the lives of their residents by providing early strategic capital and expertise, mobilizing public and private investments, and building leadership. Examples of their success include giving support to the South Side LDC which helped turn an old mill neighborhood into a thriving business and residential neighborhood and earning national recognition as a Great American Main Street. They provided operating support for East Liberty Development, Inc. which brought in such national retailers as Whole Foods, Borders and Walgreens, spurring local entrepreneurs. Similar support to Lawrenceville Corporation and Lawrenceville United is transforming that neighborhood for the better.


Lawrenceville, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from joseph a’s photostream

PPND is in search of creative and collaborative projects through their Catalytic Projects Program. This new program opens up the availability for participation. Any nonprofit can apply — not just traditional CDCs in certain neighborhoods as in the past. Money is available for both the early stages of ideas and for expanding on good ideas through new project implementation. Also, money can come in the form of grants, loans or a combination of the two.

You can learn more about their Catalytic Projects Program here and view the guidelines here. The deadline for submission for this round of funding is February 25th, 2013 (there will be two more rounds this year).


Post Office-turned-Trader Joe’s, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from joseph a’s