October 2, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA – With support from The Buhl Foundation, New Sun Rising’s One Northside Mini-Grant Program awarded $1,000 to 20 projects over the summer that focus on empowering community engagement and social impact in Northside neighborhoods. Grants are available for 30 more projects with two upcoming application deadlines this year: October 25 and November 19.
The Mini-Grant Program supports projects that strengthen community connections and increases accessibility to resources with the potential to become larger initiatives. Those submitting applications are encouraged to focus on elevating the Quality of Education, Employment, Place, and Safety and Health for fellow Northside residents, and previous mini-grant recipients are welcome to apply.
Ginger Underwood says the reason she joined the One Northside Mini-grant Street Team Ambassadors, “is to make more people aware of what’s going on over here on the Northside, and to promote the great work that is being done to help make the quality of lives better for each person, whether you are a child, teenager, adult or senior citizen. We have great assets and people have great ideas to share. The mini-grant program is a great way to put these ideas in motion. We all depend on each other to make this a great community, and the more engagement we have from residents, the better our community will be for all who live, work, and play, here on the Northside.”
Some current projects funded through the program include: Senior Citizens Craft Education, an initiative to combat social isolation and reconnect older adults through development of floral crafting skills, and The Comic Book Shop, an afterschool reading program that incorporates graphic novels every week to master reading fluency during the 2018-2019 school year.
Applicants are able to receive support during and after the application process from Street Team Ambassadors and New Sun Rising, who are available to schedule informal meet-ups in community locations as requested. The team is comprised of four Northside residents who received training from Levels Creative Empowerment + Consulting Group and are qualified to assist with project development and secure additional resources.
Printed applications are accepted at the Allegheny and Woods Run Carnegie Libraries during normal business hours and by postal mail addressed to New Sun Rising, attn. One Northside Mini-Grant, P.O. Box 58005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15209.
You may also submit your application here or send as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact New Sun Rising staff with inquiries or other questions by phone (412) 407-9007 or email email@example.com.
New Sun Rising is committed to supporting leaders of community projects to create local, sustainable and measurable impact, and the mini-grant program is the continuation of the organizations Ignite Northside program. The One Northside Mini-Grant Program was previously managed by The Sprout Fund and known as the Neighbor to Neighbor grant program.
About One Northside Mini-Grants
To support community members in their efforts to advance the One Northside vision, One Northside Mini-Grants of up to $1,000 (taxable if not a 501(c)(3) are awarded to support small-scale community projects.
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.
Scott Wolovich, Executive Director, New Sun Rising, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Striker, Director of Culture + Operations, New Sun Rising, email@example.com