Announcing the Polish Hill Pivotal Streets Façade Renovation Grant Program

The PHCA is delighted to announce the Polish Hill Pivotal Streets Façade Renovation Grant Program.  Each residential property owner in Polish Hill is eligible to apply for a 1-to-1 matching grant of up to $5,000 to renovate the façade (street-facing side) of their property.  Awardees must contribute the project match amount and all amounts over the maximum $5,000 match.  Grant amounts less than $250 will not be considered, meaning the façade renovation project must cost at least $500.  Grant funds are reimbursed after the work is completed — in other words, the awardee must pay for the renovations upfront before receiving the grant money.

Renovation possibilities include:

✒ Replace gutters, siding, windows and doors
✒ Paint trim or porches
✒ Plant permanent landscaping
✒ Repair or replace sidewalks, steps or retaining walls
✒ Receive a bonus for energy efficiency improvements

Stuck on what to do? Select renovation ideas from the Pivotal Streets Design Guide.

Eligibility: Polish Hill residential property owners — owner-occupied and rental — who are ready to begin their projects!  Applications are due by March 30, 2013, awards will be announced by April 30, 2013  Reimbursement checks are issued when work is completed.

An independent committee of volunteer professionals will review applications and award funds. Grants are competitive and funds are limited.  Program funded by the PNC Foundation and Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development.

Here are the program guidelines, and here is the application.
Questions?  Contact us at 412.681.1950 or email us.

(Above:  Illustration courtesy of Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects, from the Pivotal Streets Design Guide)