What is the Public Service Grant?

Public Service Grants are federally-funded grants made to local nonprofit organizations serving Pittsburgh residents with low and moderate incomes. Awarded projects will provide direct services to vulnerable populations.

The Public Service grant has funded projects such as food pantries, youth programs, job training, career counseling, literacy programs, senior activity programs, and more.

2023 Allocations

The Mayor's Office has awarded $100,000 to local nonprofits serving low- and moderate-income Pittsburgh residents. Below is a list of organizations, allocations, and project types:

Brookline Teen Outreach
$10,000Youth Services
Center for Victims$10,000Crisis Advocacy
Center of Life$10,000Youth Services
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh$10,000Employment Training
Elliot West End Athletic Association$10,000Youth Services
Larimer Consensus Group$10,000Senior Services
Lincoln Place Presbyterian Church$10,000Senior Services
Sarah Heinz House$10,000Senior Services
The Citizen Science Lab$10,000Youth Services
The Promise Center of Homewood Inc.$10,000Youth Services

How do I apply?

Applications for 2023 are closed. You can sign up for our mailing list to find out when new grant opportunities become available.

Community Development held two virtual Q and A sessions about the application process, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 and Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

An document of questions and answers from these sessions has been compiled here.

The Community Development team has created a video explaining the application process and giving an overview of program updates for the 2023 program year.

What organizations are eligible?

Organizations seeking Public Service funds must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with
    • A Board of Directors
    • Articles of Incorporation
    • Written bylaws
    • A mission that supports City of Pittsburgh residents
  • Demonstrate financial management capacity
  • Have filed an IRS Form 990 (990-N, 990-EZ, or 990) last year
  • Have a SAM.gov profile with a Unique Entity ID (UEI)*
    • Additional information on getting a UEI can be found in this video or at this link
  • Have no outstanding financial liabilities with the City of Pittsburgh, or demonstrate an approved payment plan
  • Have current general liability insurance
  • Have current worker's compensation insurance (only required if organization has paid staff)