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The NIF Program provides grants in order to help unlock the economic and placemaking potential within neighborhood commercial corridors; support vision-to-action community investment strategies that build an equitable Pittsburgh; provide specific focus on Avenues of Hope corridors; and formalize collaborative partnerships across the City.



NIF is intended to assist nonprofits (including government agencies) and community-based organizations with neighborhood-scale projects in commercial corridors. In 2021, priority will be given to projects in Avenues of Hope corridors. These projects include efforts that encourage neighborhood investment through vacant property reclamation and stewardship, historic preservation, brownfield redevelopment, public infrastructure improvements, and/or other eligible efforts. Nonprofit organizations with for profit development partners are also eligible to apply.

There are two tiers of available grants:

  • Tier 1 grants will fund projects between $20,000 and $30,000
  • Tier 2 grants will fund projects between $30,001 and $100,000

A match is not required for Tier 1 grants. Tier 2 grants will require a 2:1 match; for every two dollars ($2) of Program funds invested into a project, there must be at least one-dollar ($1) match invested in the project. Matching funds must come from non-URA and non-city sources.

Important Program Dates

  • NIF program applications open - June 15, 2021

  • NIF Information/Technical Assistance Sessions:
    • June 22, 2021, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
    • July 27, 2021, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
    • August 10, 2021, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

  • NIF program applications due - August 31, 2021, 5:00 p.m.
    Submit applications via email only to

  • Application review - September 2021

  • Funding awards announced - October 2021

  • Contracting process begins - October 2021

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021 NIF program will open on June 15, 2021, and must be submitted by 5:00 pm on August 31, 2021 to

Click on the Program Application link below. Download the application, fill out all sections, and return with all necessary attachments via email only to 

Program Guidelines

Program Application

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