The Hill District COVID-19 Relief Fund
At this point in time, ALL funds for the Hill District COVID-19 Relief fund have been extinguished. While we recognize this funding did not cure all needs, we are pleased to have brought some immediate relief to so many Hill District residents and businesses. In particular, our focus was to reduce barriers with access to funding for those in our community who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds On Hold
We've received an overwhelming response since opening applications a little over a week ago for the Hill District COVID-19 Relief Fund. As of now, unfortunately, we've received more requests than we can fulfill based on current funding.
As we continue to review and award applications, we are actively seeking additional funds to meet the demand of our community. It is clear from this level of response that Black Pittsburgh is suffering the rippling socioeconomic effects of COVID-19 very deeply and is in need of more support.
You can still submit your application and should we receive additional funds, we may be able to award you. However, we cannot guarantee an award. Thank you to the Hillman Foundation for making a critical investment to the Hill District community at this difficult time. This work would not have been possible without their Response and Recovery Grant.
The Hill Community Development Corporation (Hill CDC) was fortunate to receive a $100,000 grant from the Hillman Foundation to provide assistance to Hill District residents and businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In response to COVID-19, Hill District small business owners and residents are eligible to apply for the Hill District COVID-19 Relief Fund. Specifically, we encourage you to apply if you or your business are in need of support within the following four categories:
1) Main Street & Business Support
2) Creatives & Artist Relief
3) Residential Rent, Utility and Prescription Relief
4) Greenspace & Home Gardening Support
Applications are due every Tuesday. Funds will be awarded to grantees and disbursed every Friday for PayPal. Checks will take up to 14 days to process and receive.
Please select one of the links below to begin the application process:
Main Street & Business Support
The Main Street & Business Support Relief Fund is aimed to provide support for businesses along Centre Avenue that have been impacted due to COVID-19. These businesses are eligible to be granted up to $5,000.00. If you have additional needs that may be outside of this fund's intentions, we have provided resources from our partnering organizations below.
Residential Rent, Utility and Prescription Relief
The Residential Rent and Utility Relief Fund is aimed to provide support for businesses in the Hill District that have been impacted due to COVID-19. These Hill District residents are eligible to be granted up to $1,000.00 in rent, utility (electric, water & sewage, gas, & internet service), and prescription relief assistance. If you have additional needs that may be outside of this fund's intentions, we have provided resources from our partnering organization.
Creatives & Artist Enterprise Relief
The Creatives and Artist Relief Fund is aimed to provide support for Creatives across all platforms. If you are Hill District resident that is an artist or a creative and has experienced loss from cancellations or postponements, wages or stipends as a teaching artist, operational support, or Loss of income due to unemployment or reduced hours you are eligible to be granted up to $500.00. If you have additional needs that may be outside of this fund's intentions, we have provided resources from our partnering organizations.
Greenspace & Home Gardening Support
The Greenspace & Home Gardening Micro Grants are aimed at supporting residents who are participating and facilitating work in Greenspaces and Home Gardening Initiatives throughout the Hill District. Growing your own food is highly encouraged during this pandemic and you are eligible to receive up to $500.00. If you have additional needs that may be outside of this fund's intentions, we have provided resources from our partnering organizations.
Please view additional COVID-19 resources below for: Employment/Unemployment, Food & Basic Needs, Schooling & Education, Housing Issues, Transportation, US Census, and more!
The Hill CDC is working with Hill District partners to support residents and stakeholders during this difficult time. Please follow this page for updates and links to resources and information. If there is something you would like to see added, please email the Hill CDC at covid19 [at] hilldistrict.org, or for immediate help...
Please call 211 from your phone if you need help now or in the near term.
Food & Basic Needs:
Emergency Food Pantry: www.neighborhoodresilience.org/how-we-help/community-support
Food for Seniors: www.macedoniaface.org
SNAP Benefits for Students: https://www.pghschools.org/Page/5445
Schooling & Education:
Rental Assistance: www.ulpgh.org/programs/housing/
CARES Assistance for Renters and Homeowners: www.phfa.org
Port Authority: www.portauthority.org/covid-19/coronavirus
Hill District COVID-19 Community Forum
Thank you for joining us on Thursday, April 9th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM for an online forum that addressed many issues impacting Hill District residents!
Please click the image below to view the PowerPoint Presentation from the forum
Thank you to all of our community partners for making this event a success!
Taking This Survey May Help You!
The Hill CDC is working with Hill District partners to support, in any way possible, residents and stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we cannot guarantee that we can solve your challenge, we will do our very best to help get you connected to resources throughout our partner network.