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 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
January 22, 2020January 29, 2020
February 19, 2020February 26, 2020
March 18, 2020March 25, 2020
April 22, 2020April 29, 2020
May 20, 2020May 27, 2020
June 17, 2020June 24, 2020
July 22, 2020July 29, 2020
August 19, 2020August 26, 2020
September 23, 2020September 30, 2020
October 21, 2020October 28, 2020
November 18, 2020November 25, 2020
December 9, 2020December 16, 2020

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