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Pittsburgh, PA 15219






Neighborhood Allies’ COVID Accelerated Relief Effort (CARE) Fund

PURPOSE: Like many organizations and leaders in the region, Neighborhood Allies is working diligently to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis in a manner that is both strategic and effective. Above all, we aim to continue fulfilling our mission – to support the people, organizations, and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining healthy neighborhoods. Now more than ever, we are dedicated to lifting up those who support the residents in our neighborhoods.

ACTION: In addition to other forms of direct and technical assistance, we are repurposing $100,000 of our Catalytic Grant dollars for our Covid Accelerated Relief Effort (CARE) Fund. The fund will provide emergency grants to nonprofits in our 6 priority neighborhoods in the amount of $10,000. We will award 10 grants to nonprofits in the amount of $10,000 each.

*A note on the Fall Catalytic Grant Funding Round: Catalytic grant funding is on pause until further notice. (This applies to the rolling application, as well as our Fall Cycle.) While we absolutely recognize the need to fund new and innovative projects within the nonprofit sector, we know many of our partners will need to focus on stabilization before new approaches can be prioritized again. This is why we have made the decision to re-allocate our remaining 2020 grant funds to address the greatest, most immediate needs as they relate to the COVID-19 crisis.

FUNDING GUIDELINES: Due to the limited dollars available to us, we are only able to accept applications to the CARE fund from existing partners, such as past grantees and collaborators, who are based in one of our 6 priority neighborhoods. If you have questions about your eligibility, reach out to a Neighborhood Allies staff member or our Manager of Grants and Investments, Cait Lee, at

With this guideline in place, we hope to help stabilize and lift up our communities and partners at a time when they need our support most. We know that our fund is not large enough to address all the challenges related to COVID-19, and we also know that we do not have enough to be able to distribute monetary aid to all those experiencing struggles. However, our hope is that by strategically infusing these dollars into our neighborhoods, it will create a significant, positive impact in the lives of those that we are able to reach, and in the communities that they live in, work in, or serve.

For Nonprofits Applying for $10,000 grant:

  • Direct service to residents must be part of your mission or standard operations to be considered.
  • Demonstrated alignment with our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Requests must meet one of these criteria to be eligible:
    • Provision of direct service to communities in response to COVID-19. Priority will be afforded to those focusing on health, food, or safety.
    • Upgrades in technology infrastructure for remote delivery of services.
  • Organizations’ rent, utilities, payroll can also be considered in the request, however, they should not account for more than 50% of the overall grant budget.


Applications are due Wednesday, April 22nd at 5 PM via Google Form or by PDF to Cait Lee at Decisions will be announced on Wednesday, April 29th.

Download the PDF Application


Apply via Google Form

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