The One Northside Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants program is back again catalyzing innovative community projects and creating opportunities to engage citizens and contribute to the One Northside vision. Through support from The Buhl Foundation, grants of up to $1,000 have been offered to provide immediate support for small-scale community projects with broad citizen support on Pittsburgh’s Northside.

After a thorough review, The Sprout Fund is pleased to announce the first round of new projects for 2016, 27 projects that will receive $1,000 Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants. As part of their proposals, applicants wrote the headlines that appear below as examples of what the news will say at the successful conclusion of their projects.

It’s not too late to join these 27 Northsiders and make a difference in your neighborhood! The next application deadline for $1,000 Neighbor to Neighbor grants is Friday, August 5th. Click here to read more and start your application.

Allegheny Hills Parent Party

“Parent Party Shares Hope and Solidarity with Northside Parents”

Melanie Sandoval’s Quality of Education project for Spring Hill / City View will be a one-day Parent Party in Allegheny Hills for parents of young children (birth-5 years old) to create social ties between parents in the community, as well as to raise awareness of programs and human services available for parents and young children. The project will also distribute backpacks for parents with “toolkits” for positive attachment and social-emotional development of children.

Back to School Fitness Walk

“Back to School Fitness Walk”

Porsha Humphries’ Quality of Place project for Central Northside will encourage local families to adopt a healthy lifestyle by offering a fitness walk around the neighborhood. Additionally, the project aims to put children and their families in a postive frame-of-mind for the start of the school year.

Charles Street Valley Neighborhood Reunion

“Charles Street Valley Neighborhood Reunion was held at Riverview Park today, Father’s Day”

Dierdre Cooper’s quality of place project for Charles Street Valley will bring Northside neighbors of all ages together to reminisce through a reunion cookout at Riverview Park. The event will include playful activities for kids as well as cookout refreshments. Attendees will be encouraged to leave their contact information for future gatherings.

Combat Litter

“Combat Litter: The Front Line on Trash in Troy Hill”

Ellen Crist’s Quality of Place project for Troy Hill has the core purpose of litter cleanup. Additionally, the program seeks to educate residents on how to proactively stop litter problems, and the benefits of recycling. Early education about recycling will set the tone for the next generation of Troy Hill residents.

Children’s Table Summer Garden Camp Season Finale

“Children’s Table Is Sprouting In The Northside!”

Christy Bean Rowing’s Quality of Education project for Central Northside is the culminating week of a farm and garden camp for youth at Children’s Table Cooking. Activities include the harvest of vegetables and herbs, cooking campfire foods, craft and design of outdoor art, and presentations from bee-keepers, chefs, and local farmers August 8-12.

East Allegheny Pumpkinfest: A Children’s Harvest Festival

“25th Annual Children’s Festival Celebrates Northside Children, Families and Fall!”

Barbara Burns’ Quality of Place in East Allegheny provides children and their families a festival, with activities such as a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decoration contests and more. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Festival, children will contribute to a time capsule and plant a Sugar Maple tree.

Fineview Community Garden Speaker Series

“Ideas and Interests Grow at Fineview Community Garden: Local Speaker Series Promote Local Businesses while Encouraging Healthy Habits for Fineview Residents”

Jessica Slean’s Quality of Place project for Fineview will energize a reclaimed vacant lot in the neighborhood through a community health speaker series. Each speaking event will focus on educating Fineview community members on healthy lifestyle options, raising awareness of local businesses, and engaging diverse and historically withdrawn neighbors.

Fineview Community Picnic

Fineview Community Picnic is One Fine Day”

Christine Whispell‘s quality of place project will help connect Fineview neighbors through a community picnic. The event will kick off a spirit building campaign in order to lighten the atmosphere in the neighborhood and highlight community needs, such as rehabilitating play space for children. The event will feature screen printing t-shirts, face painting, a cardboard city, ultimate dodgeball, and playground in a bag from City of Play.

Manchester Growing Together Farm – Health & Wellness Event

“The Manchester Growing Together Farm is truly rooted in the Manchester community”

Lisa Freeman’s Quality of Place project for Manchester is a community self-reliance education program promoting access for all people to healthy food and a healthy lifestyle. From planting to harvesting; food preparation and nutrition; growing healthy food and building a community, this health & wellness event strives to ensure that Northside residents remain healthy.

MAYA Prenatal Parent Program

“Northside nonprofit leads efforts to keep babies dry and safe!”

Tomilyn Ward’s Quality of Education project for East Allegheny will seek to expand the Prenatal Parent Program, which provides free classes to expectant parents and rewards them with brand new car seats, playards (commonly referred to as pack n’ plays), wipes, and diapers for their babies. The program goal is to promote the health and safety of infants and parents. Class topics include healthy pregnancy, understanding fetal development, childbirth education, breastfeeding, newborn care, car safety, safe sleep, calming the crying infant, parental stress management, preventing child abuse, postpartum wellness, and more.

Meet Your Neighbor Rally

“Meet your Brighton Heights Neighbors at this free, fun, family-friendly event!”

Rick Weiss’ Quality of Place project for Brighton Heights will encourage Brighton Heights neighbors to meet each other and work together to address the needs of the community. A goal of the project is to strengthen relationships between local churches, community organizations, government officials and community leaders. In addition to providing information about local services (ranging from AA/NA meetings to food banks to after-school activities) the Rally will promote Brighton Heights strong presence of local resident artists by holding an art show/studio tour.

Money Mogul 16!

“Teaching small businesses how to stay ahead of the financial curve”

Simone Quinerly’s Quality of Employement project for Allegheny West will establish a financial training center with three workshops for small businesses in the community. Financial workshops, group discussions, and engaging panelists will give local businesses an introduction to financial literacy, a network of reliable resources, and will ensure that underpriviledged residents get the help they need to start a business. Training sessions will feature local community workers, whose areas of expertise include wealth management (budgeting, saving, investing), taxes, and business financial management.

Northside Family Legacy

“A Family Success on the Northside with Family Legacy Award Dinner that Showcase Generational Achievements Within a Family”

Eleanor Williams’ quality of education project in Perry South / Perry Hilltop recognizes Northside families for achievements in Academics, Sports, and Performing Arts. The project focuses on positive achievements within the community with the aim of encouraging excellence across generations. The community will nominate the pilot Legacy family, who will have their achievements showcased at a community dinner.

Northside Family Brunch

“Northside Family Luncheon provides food, fun, and support for neighborhood families”

Lorraine Laster’s quality of education project will engage low income families through an event that provides access to community resources and encourages positive relationships and support within Northside families. The catered brunch will include family friendly presentations as well as booths for activities, community organizations, and vendors.

North Side National Night Out

“Neighbors unite with local organizations and police to celebrate their community”

Samantha Ellwood’s Quality of Place project in Marshall-Shadeland is part of a larger annual national movement that focuses on a community-building campaign, promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods, like the North Side, safer and better places to live. The North Side Night out will give residents, community partners, and law enforcement a place to come together to share a meal, listen to music, and enjoy one another’s company, helping to build the relationships needed for strong communication and a strong community.

Northside Old Timers City Steps (Phase 2)

“The Northside Oldtimers, a violence prevention organization that uses interacting activities to build bridges between neighborhoods and communites, continues it’s unifying ways”

English Burton’s Quality of Place project for California-Kirkbride will continue the beautification clean-up program to reclaim city steps in need of repair. The next phase of this operation will be to perform any required upkeep on the steps. The renovated steps provide the opportunity for interaction among neighbors during the project and the removal of an eyesore from the community.

Northside Toastmasters Capacity Building

“Where Northside Leaders are Made”

Paul Matthew’s Quality of Employment project for the Central Northside will increase neighborhood awareness of, and participation in, the Northside Toastmasters Club. The Toastmasters provide a low-cost, high-quality, self-paced educational program that gives members valuable speaking and leadership experience in a non-threatening and supportive environment.

NTOSAKE Leadership Training

“These Amazing Ladies Of Bidwell Church Rise To The Top!”

Shelia Collins’ Quality of Education project for Chateau is a leadership training for women to build capacity for organizing community activities in Perry North, Manchester, and Chateau. NTOSAKE means “she who walks with lions; she who carries her own things”. The Ntosake development program will empower participating women to develop leadership skills, confidence, and life direction to benefit the Northside.

Outside Café Space

“Outdoor Café Space Providing You with a Space Lined with Beauty and Comfort Where You Can Come and Enjoy Great Food, Fellowship, Live Music on the Lawn, Poetry, Spoken Work or Just a Good Conversation Under the Sun”

Lateresa and Michael Blackwell’s quality of place project in Marshall – Shadeland will utilize volunteers from Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church to clean up and then landscape the area outside of Café on the Corner. Updates to the space with include mowing the grass, clearing out overgrown trees and brush, planting new flowerbeds, and repainting the fence. A community BBQ will be used to thank the volunteers and celebrate their accomplishments.

Outdoor Movies in Manchester

“Summer Fun in the Northside’s Manchester Community: Movies in the Park”

Michelle Wright’s Quality of Place project for Manchester will provide a fun recreational activity for friends and family. Family-friendly movies will be shown outdoors in the local community field, bringing together residents for relaxation and fellowship. Additionally, Manchester Citizens Corporation will make volunteer sign-up sheets and information about community meetings and events available during movie showings, to encourage residents to become more involved in their community.

Pittsburgh VegFest 2016

“VegFest 2016 is Back and Bigger than Ever-Fun for the Whole Family on the North Side”

Leila Sleiman’s quality of place project in Central Northside is an event that brings together animal welfare organizations, small business food vendors, and green living sustainability aspects from across Pittsburgh. The event features live music, activities for children, and cooking demonstrations along with speakers presenting on animal welfare and food waste.

Play4Purpose – Northview Heights

“Northview Heights Community United Through the Beautiful Game”

Nduwamaungu Ernest’s quality of place project in Northview Heights consists of a series of bi-weekly summer soccer sessions for Northside youth ages 10-20. The sessions are led by the Young Boys FC, a Northview Heights based soccer club comprised of African refugee young adults, as well as from local partners such as Pittsburgh Soccer in the Community, CameroonFDP, and Bridging the Gaps Fellows. The project aims to create a safe place where people of different backgrounds and cultures and put their differences aside by coming together through a game of soccer without having to worry about a place to play or bring equipment.

Rox Performance Instrument Rental Program

“Local music program teaches life lessons through music”

Erik Stillabower’s Quality of Education project for East Allegheny / Deutschtown is a music instruction and performance program for Northside youth. With this support, Rox Performance will provide free music lessons and performance opportunities on Saturdays at the Allegheny Elk’s Lodge 339.

Spring Hill First Month Festival

“Spring Hill’s First Month Festival Welcomes Students and Families for an Incredible School Year!”

Diana Carter’s Quality of Education project for Spring Hill / City View is a back-to-school festival at PPS Spring Hill K-5 for families, students, teachers, and staff to build strong relationships at the start of the school year. The festival will feature enrichment activity previews, healthy student habit support, food, and an overall celebration of community – school relations in Spring Hill.

ToolKeeper Neighbors

“Mr. Al Gets Relief as ‘ToolKeeper’ Kids Take Over Bike Repairs in Northview Heights!”

Alfred Bahnson’s quality of education project in Northview Heights works to circulate a bike repair kit throughout the Northview Heights community. Children in the community that need bicycle repairs will be directed to the ToolKeeper Neighbors, where they can borrow repair tools, get assistance, and contribute their assistance to help others. This project aims to help children develop skills with manual tools along with a sense of confidence and self-reliance.

When I Grow Up Summit

“Community Members Inspire Future Northside Leaders at The When I Grow Up Summit and Celebration”

Barbara Vargo’s quality of education project for Manchester will recognize Kindergarten student achievement at Propel Northside through a culminating career research project and graduation ceremony around the topic ‘When I Grow Up.’ Throughout the month of June community members will be invited into the Kindergarten classroom at Propel to share information about their careers and answer questions. At the graduation event students will showcase their final projects, model career outfits, and will also be given educational materials to help improve summer learning retention.

Women Writers of Northview Heights Documentary

“Women Writers of Northview Heights: from paper to film and back again”

Hudson Rush’s Quality of Place project for Northview Heights will produce a documentary of the Women Writers of Northview Heights. The documentary aims to build on the group’s momentum, heighten awareness of the program and invite more women to join, promote positive happenings in the Northview Heights area, and welcome others to see and hear what the women writers do and say about their lives, their community and their continued work in creative writing and other artistic practices, including drawing, painting and photography.