Paris to Pittsburgh

Paris to Pittsburgh is a matching grant program to assist property and business owners with exterior enhancements to enhance the public realm. The program offers 2 grants, one to encourage outdoor cafes and sidewalk activation, and one to improve or restore existing building façades. The 50 percent matching grants are available to fund eligible projects that enliven the Golden Triangle streetscape using high-quality, pedestrian-oriented design elements.

Sidewalk Activation Grant

Inspired by the vibrant streets of Paris, the Paris to Pittsburgh Sidewalk Activation Grant encourages outdoor dining elements such as retractable awnings, tables and chairs, new lighting and landscaping. The project requires a 50 percent match and offers grants of up to $50,000.

Façade Grant

A 50 percent matching grant, the Façade Grant offers up to $50,000 to properties that are interested in façade improvements but are not adding an outdoor café or installing an operable storefront. Retail and service businesses are the ideal target candidates for this program.

Program Details:

Paris to Pittsburgh Guidelines + Application (download PDF)

Paris to Pittsburgh Design Guidelines (download PDF)

Applications for funding are reviewed by the Paris to Pittsburgh Advisory Committee. Applications with all required documentation in a presentation format are due electronically via email two weeks prior to each meeting date. Please note that an Advisory Committee review will only occur if there are a sufficient number of projects to review. The applicant is not expected to be present for the Advisory Committee review date.

Please contact Bruce Chan, Senior Director of Urban Design at 412-325-0158 or prior to submitting an application.

Application Due Date | Advisory Committee Review Date
January 17, 2024January 31, 2024
February 14, 2024February 28, 2024
March 13, 2024March 27, 2024
April 10, 2024April 24, 2024
May 15, 2024May 29, 2024
June 12, 2024June 26, 2024
July 17, 2024July 31, 2024
August 14, 2024August 28, 2024
September 11, 2024September 25, 2024
October 16, 2024October 30, 2024
November 13, 2024November 27, 2024
No December Meeting

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