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 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 12, 2022January 26, 2022
February 9, 2022February 23, 2022
March 16, 2022March 30, 2022
April 13, 2022April 27, 2022
May 11, 2022May 25, 2022
June 15, 2022June 29, 2022
July 13, 2022July 27, 2022
August 17, 2022August 31, 2022
September 14, 2022September 28, 2022
October 12, 2022October 26, 2022
November 16, 2022November 30, 2022

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