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Grant Opportunity for Municipalities in SWPA – LGA, Sustainable Pittsburgh & The Heinz Endowments Introduce “Bring Youth Outdoors”

Optional informational sessions on how to apply for grant funding being held Thursday, July 2, and Wednesday, July 8

The Heinz Endowments Summer Youth Philanthropy program in partnership with Local Government Academy and Sustainable Pittsburgh is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for southwestern Pennsylvania municipalities that have earned or are working towards Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification. Titled, “Bring Youth Outdoors,” this grant opportunity intends to fund engaging, skill-building opportunities for youth through the stewardship of a local green space.

A pool of $25,000 is available for grant making to municipalities per the RFP linked below. The deadline to apply is 9 a.m., Aug. 3.

“Bring Youth Outdoors” funding aims to help municipalities care for and upgrade their green space, while creating positive experiences for youth outdoors through educational workshops, recreation, and volunteering. By getting outdoors, youth are exposed to health benefits of outdoor time as well as greater awareness and appreciation of their community.

View the “Bring Youth Outdoors” Request for Proposals.

The application is a two part process:
1) First the municipality must complete an application via The Heinz Endowments online form and then attach their answers from Step 2 below.
2) Next, the applicant must review and answer the questions listed in the Request for Proposals. These answers should then be included (linked) with the online form as an attachment.  Then the completed application is submitted via the online process.

Opportunities to learn more: The Heinz Endowments will host two optional briefing sessions on the funding opportunities made available by the Summer Youth Philanthropy program:

  • Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., July 2, at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum
  • Wednesday,3 to 5 p.m., July 8, at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

If you would like to speak with Sustainable Pittsburgh about “Bring Youth Outdoors,” please contact senior intern, Liz Vargo at
To start the sustainable municipality certification process, call 412-258-6652.