The One Northside Mini-grant Program, supported by The Buhl Foundation, will invest $50,000 in awards and development support for community-driven projects. The 2018 program seeks to strengthen connections and create opportunity throughout the 18 Northside neighborhoods, and was previously known as ‘Neighbor to Neighbor’ when managed by our friends at the The Sprout Fund.
One Northside Mini-Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded for projects that enjoy the support of their community and advance the vision of One Northside – focusing on improving the Quality of Education, Employment, Place, Safety, and Health for all Northside residents.
Grant recipients will receive additional project development support through New Sun Rising and the Mini-grant Street Team Ambassadors. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed monthly with decisions announced around the end of each summer month (June, July, and August), as well as a winter cycle (October, November, December).
New Sun Rising, whose mission is to build vibrant communities through culture, sustainability, and opportunity, will facilitate the mini-grant program as a continuation of their Ignite Northside program. Joining them are the Mini-Grant Street Team Ambassadors including four residents (Kate Kelley, Maria Searcy, Ashlyn Taylor, Ginger Underwood) who received training from Levels Creative Empowerment + Consulting Group to recruit and support applicants for the duration of the mini-grant process.
While previous mini-grant recipients are encouraged to apply, New Sun Rising also seeks to broaden the support for long-time residents with projects, creatives, and business leaders making social impact. Applicants who live and work in underserved Northside neighborhoods are encouraged to submit proposals supporting One Northside’s expanded focus on Safety and Health, as well as those which strengthen connections, increase accessibility to resources, and activate significant places to build vibrancy with their neighbors.
Northside community projects seeking financial and development support are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the One Northside Mini-Grant process in advance of preparing an application. A public call for applications will be made in June and accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are expended. See www.newsunrising.org/project/ignite-northside for application details, meeting locations, dates, and times, or contact New Sun Rising staff by phone (412) 407-9007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an informal meeting.
About One Northside
One Northside is a community-driven initiative to improve the quality of life in all 18 Northside neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Since 2016, through the support of The Buhl Foundation, New Sun Rising has helped 92 Northside residents and community members put their ideas into action through the One Northside Consensus Plan’s focus on Quality of Education, Employment, Place, Health, and Safety. For more information, visit OneNorthsidePGH.org.
About New Sun Rising
New Sun Rising (NSR) is an innovative 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to build vibrant communities through culture, sustainability and opportunity. NSR provides programs and services that create equitable opportunity, solve social challenges, and strengthen the vibrancy of place. Since 2005, over 400 individuals, organizations, and funders have worked with NSR to launch their nonprofit projects, social businesses, and economic development initiatives throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region with $5 million of support. For more information, visit NewSunRising.org.