One Northside is a community-driven initiative to improve the quality of life in all 18 neighborhoods of the Northside. Since early 2014, hundreds of Northside residents have engaged with local leaders and stakeholders in community-wide conversations to create a shared agenda for the revitalization of this vital component of the greater Pittsburgh region.
In partnership with the Buhl Foundation, in 2016 The Sprout Fund is offering catalytic support to advance the One Northside vision with Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants of up to $1,000 and One Northside Innovation Grants of up to $5,000.
Neighbor-to-Neighbor Grants of up to $1,000 will continue to provide funding for very small-scale community projects with broad citizen support. First-time applicants, as well as previous grantees and new collaborative groups, will demonstrate their local support through neighborhood resident petitions, letters from community groups, and small financial or in-kind pledges. Projects may be one-time events, ongoing initiatives, or urgent innovations, and will be led by previous Neighbor-to-Neighbor grantees, newcomers to the program, and creative collaborations among previously-supported project team members.
The application period for 2016 is closed. Check back in early 2017 for new Northside funding opportunities.
One Northside Innovation Grants
One Northside Innovation Grants of up to $5,000 support the development and implementation of projects that respond to local opportunities and advance the quality of place, education, or employment on the Northside. One Northside Innovation Grants are intended to catalyze creative approaches to the One Northside focus areas by providing support for new, small-scale project ideas from individuals, nonprofits, collaborative teams, and scaled-up Neighbor-to-Neighbor projects that were successful implementing their ideas from 2015.
Applications are no longer being accepted for this program.
Prospective Applicant Information Sessions
Learn about upcoming funding opportunities for you and your neighbors at a One Northside Funding Infosession!
Hosted at community centers and public locations on the Northside on Mondays during April and May, the sessions will provide information about Neighbor-to-Neighbor $1,000 grants and a new One Northside $5,000 grant. A short presentation will be followed by time for questions and meeting other Northsiders. Printed application materials and online resources will be available for all.
During June 2016, Sprout is hosting additional information sessions at the following Northside neighborhood locations:
- No current infosessions: Check back in early 2017 for updates.
Sprout staff will be available for informal meet-ups in community locations as requested. Check the schedule at www.sproutfund.org/one-northside-program/apply and follow @sproutfund on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #FollowMacNorth for up-to-the-minute locations.
If you’re interested in hosting your own information session in your neighborhood, please contact Mac Howison of The Sprout Fund at 412-863-2907 to request a packet of application materials you can distribute to neighbors along with a presentation of other important program information to share.
Crowdfunding with ioby.org
Sprout is partnering with ioby.org to offer training and one-on-one support for eligible Northside community projects that would like to run a crowdfunding campaign in addition to applying for grant support. Crowdfunding on ioby allows project leaders to raise funds, cultivate a local donor base, find volunteers, and build visibility for their project, all with one-on-one support and training from ioby staff.
Learn more and get started on your campaign at ioby.org/northside>>