Paris to Pittsburgh

Funded by the Colcom Foundation, 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 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 prior to submitting an application.

 Application Due DateAdvisory Committee Review
January 23, 2019January 30, 2019
February 20, 2019February 27, 2019
March 20, 2019March 27, 2019
April 17, 2019April 24, 2019
May 22, 2019May 29, 2019
June 19, 2019June 26, 2019
July 24, 2019July 31, 2019
August 21, 2019August 28, 2019
September 18, 2019September 25, 2019
October 23, 2019October 30, 2019
November 20, 2019November 27, 2019
December 11, 2019December 18, 2019

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