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 $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 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 bchan@downtownpittsburgh.com prior to submitting an application.

Application Due Date | Advisory Committee Review Date
January 11, 2023January 25, 2023
February 8, 2023February 22, 2023
March 15, 2023March 29, 2023
April 12, 2023April 26, 2023
May 17, 2023May 31, 2023
June 14, 2023June 28, 2023
July 12, 2023July 26, 2023
August 16, 2023August 30, 2023
September 13, 2023September 27, 2023
October 11, 2023October 25, 2023
November 15, 2023November 29, 2023
No December Meeting

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