What would you do for your community with a thousand dollars? Would you beautify abandoned buildings with Andy Warhol paintings? Would you host an independent comic expo? Would you create a bumper sticker campaign to support public transit? Those are just a few of the projects that we have funded over the years with our $1,000 grants.

Now it’s your turn to do a lot with just a little. We’ve got an entire round of $1,000 grants to award for the fall, so apply with your Grand Idea by Friday, November 7. We are looking for organizations and individuals who will use this opportunity to create projects that raise awareness about innovative new community projects, events, and activities; engage people in taking an active role in the civic life of their community; and provide opportunities for motivated community members to assume leadership roles.

Projects that we’ve funded with $1,000 grants in the past include:


Pittsburgh Beautification ProjectPittsburgh Beautification Project

Using art to improve blighted areas, the Pittsburgh Beautification Project saw dozens of hand-painted versions of Andy Warhol’s iconic Flowers go up in the windows and doors of abandoned buildings across the city. The project received media coverage from all over the United States for its mission to improve urban decay.

Learn more about the Pittsburgh Beautification Project


Flyer from PIX 2010, the Expo’s first yearPIX: The Pittsburgh Indie Comix Expo

The first and largest exposition devoted solely to creator-owned, self-published, small press and handmade comics in Pittsburgh, PIX is celebrating its fifth anniversary in March of 2015, giving Pittsburghers the opportunity to survey and sample a wide variety of works produced locally and nationally. Best of all, the event is always free!

Attend the next PIX expo in March


Support Pittsburgh Public TransitSupport Mass Transit Bumper Sticker Campaign

With just a thousand dollars, artists and advocates launched a campaign to grow support for public transit with bumper stickers that you can still see around town today, more than a decade later, proudly stating “My Other Car is a Port Authority Bus”. The fight to keep routes active is just as alive today as well.

Learn more about the bumper stickers


No idea is too big (or too small) to be Grand! Let us help you make yours a reality with a $1,000 Seed Award. Apply by Friday, November 7 at 5pm!