About the program:
PPND's Targeted Investment Program (TIP) is for flexible and catalytic projects and programs that are focused on neighborhoods and their strategic opportunities. The TIP is offered to those neighborhoods outside our designated Champion Neighborhood geographies, with a primary focus in the City of Pittsburgh and a secondary focus in targeted 1st ring suburbs.
Typical awards range from $25,000 - $50,000 and are highly competitive. Eligible activities include capacity building, program development and projects including real estate projects.
How to apply:
Interested applicants complete an initial inquiry form. A review of this form and the strategic opportunity identified will determine those applicants who will be invited to submit a full proposal. Invited proposals will be reviewed by staff and presented to the PPND Investment Committee for consideration. The 2012 TIP is currently open for submissions! For consideration in 2012, the initial inquiry form must be completed and submitted to Talia Piazza by Friday, February 24th by 4:00 pm. Check out the PPND website for more information.
Impact on the community:
2011 was the first year for TIP funding, but we're already seeing great results in the community. South Side Local Development Company (SSLDC) was one of the recipients of a TIP grant last year, and they have put PPND's grant funds to great work.
Over the past 25 years, South Side has transformed into one of the most successful and vibrant business districts in the region. Out of this success came new challenges. With PPND's funding and staff support, the South Side community is pursuing and evaluating a unique solution to its unique set of challenges, such as keeping clean sidewalks and improving nighttime security. The community is considering a joint residential and commercial Neighborhood Improvement District (NID), a path taken by few neighborhoods in the country. The 2011 TIP grant to SSLDC supported a new position at SSLDC, the Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, Susie Puskar.
"PPND's generous support has enabled the South Side to face its challenges head on and decide how it wants to handle them. The South Side Improvement District has been created through thousands of hours of community input and volunteerism leveraged through the funding PPND provided." -Susie Puskar
Through PPND's support and with Susie's hard work, the community is working to establish
consensus through a plan for the district and will vote on whether or not to enact this plan and formally establish the district to address the challenges facing the South Side community today. If enacted, the NID will provide the foundation for resolving the challenges unique to the neighborhood today and solidifying South Side's success going forward. An informational website for the NID was launched and community meetings and events are held monthly.
Please contact Talia Piazza at email@example.com for more information on past TIP grants or if you have questions about applying in 2012.