The One Northside Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants program catalyzes innovative community projects and creates opportunities to engage residents and contribute to the One Northside vision. Through support from The Buhl Foundation, grants of up to $1,000 are offered to provide immediate support for small-scale community projects with broad resident support on Pittsburgh’s Northside.

After a thorough review, The Sprout Fund is pleased to announce the first round of new projects for 2017, 13 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.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor projects supported in June 2017

A Lot of Good Times

“A LOT OF GOOD TIMES… Fineview shares a vision for a creative parking space.”

Christine Whispell’s Quality of Place project for Fineview transforms a neglected and under-utilized parking lot into a community event space. A lot cleanup will clear away debris and fix the pedestrian pathways between the street and the parking lot. Additionally, lighting will be installed and trees blocking visibility from the street will be cleared to make the parking lot safer for the community to use for events.

Bus Stop Beauties

“Observe more than stars in Observatory Hill.”

Autumn Williams’ Quality of Place project for Perry North / Observatory Hill brings a neglected flower bed at a Perrysville Avenue bus stop back to life. Now that the city is no longer maintaining the flower bed, residents will plant and take care of perenials in the flower bed.

Cinemagic in Troy Hill

“Hollywood on the Hill – Troy Hill Cinemagic at Work!”

Patty Renwick’s Quality of Place project for Troy Hill enables a neighborhood movie series to continue into its second year. The movies will be shown using the Northside Sound System equipment at Troy Hill Citizens Park when the weather is nice and Provident Charter School in the early winter. Neighborhood youth will help set up and hand out snacks at the movie screenings, which will focus on educational and environmental films.

Establishing Connected 4 Community

“Community members of Lower Brighton Heights have come together and have created something unique and special for all to enjoy, a true destination accessible by bike from the Allegheny River Trail.”

Kelly Day’s Quality of Place project in Brighton Heights creates a community group within census tract #2703. The group will work to help neighbors get to know each other and advocate for what is best for their community through monthly meetings, newsletters, and community events such as a neighborhood BBQ.  They will also work to make the neighborhood more visually appealing and connected with solar lights, outdoor games, and a community bulletin board.

Front Door Campaign

“Fabulous Front Door for the Food Pantry”

Anne George’s Quality of Place project for Fineview helps to create a dignified entrance to the Northside Food Pantry through the installation of a sign, lighting, and new paint for the door. The professionally made sign will be lit with LED bulbs in order to raise visibility and increase safety while the overall updates will work to maintain the sense of dignity volunteers and staff want all patrons to feel when they are there.

Manchester Growing Together Farm is POWERED UP!

“The Manchester Growing Together Farm is truly rooted in the Manchester community. We’re POWERED up to build our community into a self-reliant, healthy neighborhood where our children and families can thrive.”

Lisa Freeman’s Quality of Place project for Manchester brings electricity to the community farm in order to expand the offerings. Not only will electricity allow programming to take place all year around and in the evenings, but it will also enable the farm to expand it’s programming by having cooking classes for low-income families, artistic performances, and film screenings.

North Side National Night Out 2017

“Marshall-Shadeland community comes together to celebrate hope and unity!”

Samantha Ellwood’s Quality of Place project in Marshall-Shadeland is part of a annual national movement that focuses on a community-building campaign, promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The North Side Night out will help to build the relationships needed for strong communication and a strong community through positive interactive. The event will begin with a cookout at Providence Connections followed by a community parade down Brighton Road to continue the festivities at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Woods Run.

Pigeon Positivity

“Pigeons are flying again on Spring Hill!”

Linda Wallen’s Quality of Place project for Spring Hill / City View uses the creation of public art to bring together Spring Hill Elementary students and elderly residents at St. Ambrose high-rise to decorate ceramic pigeons. The pigeons will be mounted in public places throughout the Spring Hill and a scavenger hunt map will be created in order to engage other members of the community in the project.

Pittsburgh VegFest

“Pittsburgh VegFest- a go to summer festival brining folks to the cities North Side is back and better than ever!”

Leila Sleiman’s Quality of Place project in Central Northside brings together local food vendors and animal welfare organizations through a family friendly outdoor festival at Allegheny Commons Park. This free event has hands-on activities for kids, including a bounce house, henna and face painting, and projects with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Rediscovering Four North Side Neighborhoods

“Discovering and Exploring Four Unique Northside Communities”

David Grinnell’s Quality of Place project for the Fineview, Marshall-Shadeland, North Shore, and Troy Hill neighborhoods creates walking tours for each of the four neighborhoods focusing on each ones distinct pattern of historical development and transformation. The tours will look at both the orgins of the communities and how they adapted to change in the broader history of the region. GTECH walking tour brochures will be incorporated into the tours to encourage participants to explore more of the neighborhoods on their own.

Spring Hill Reading Celebration

“Spring Hill Students Learn to Love Reading—at School and at Home!”

Stephen Weiss’ Quality of Education project for Spring Hill / City View celebrates reading with families at Spring Hill Elementary. Students will receive free books and will be able to participate in book-related crafts and reading games. Parents will receive information about the importance of reading along with tips and games to encourage reading at home. Following the celebration, students will be given the opportunity to earn more books throughout the school year by reading and completing book reports.

University Avenue Neighbors and Friends

“Everything is possible with good neighbors!”

Robin Alexander’s Quality of Place project for Perry Hilltop / Perry South brings together residents of University Avenue and Perrysville Avenue to clean up their street, plant flowers, and get to know each other. These small acts will be the first steps to creating a block organization, with the hopes of taking on larger projects as well as building strong relationships between neighbors.

We Are Glad You Are Our Neighbor Picnic

“Wherever you are from, whatever language you speak or whatever religion you practice we are glad you are our neighbor. Come celebrate our neighbors.”

Greg Blackmans’s Quality of Place project for Central Northside brings several Northside church communities together with the members of the Somali Bantu community for a day of celebration. The event will feature an opportunities for each group to share their talents, music, food, and stories to help build a sense of welcome and support for the Somali Bantu community. The project hopes to open up the dialogue between Northside neighbors to help enrich each others’ lives.