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 grants to encourage outdoor cafes and sidewalk activation in addition to building façade improvements. 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 $30,000.

Façade Grant

A 50 percent matching grant, the Façade Grant offers up to $30,000 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 are due electronically via email one week prior to each meeting. 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 Kathryn Schlesinger at (412) 325-0154 or kschlesinger@downtownpittsburgh.com prior to submitting an application.

Application Due Date | Advisory Committee Review Date
March 17, 2021March 31, 2021
April 21, 2021April 28, 2021
May 19, 2021May 26, 2021
June 23, 2021June 30, 2021
July 21, 2021July 28, 2021
August 18, 2021August 25, 2021
September 22, 2021September 29, 2021
October 20, 2021October 27, 2021
November 17, 2021November 24, 2021
December 15, 2021December 22, 2021

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