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5 IDEAS FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE, $100,000 TO BRING THEM TO LIFE

The Sprout Fund invites community members to submit their approach to proposed projects identified during the Engage Pittsburgh civic engagement initiative. Proposals should present an innovative and effective realization of the idea described in the requests. If awarded, the successful project team will be engaged to implement their proposal.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the answers to the questions asked in the RFP and each applicant's ability to fulfill the project requirements and achieve the desired outcomes. Complete RFP information and proposal materials are available for download by following the project of your choice from the list below.

PROPOSALS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 5PM THURSDAY MAY 24, 2007.


After exhaustive efforts by all Engage Pittsburgh participants, The Sprout Fund is pleased to release the following Requests for Proposals:

Manchester Climbing Wall

A project to convert an unused bridge support structure near Riverfront Park on the North Side into a public access climbing wall. The Manchester Climbing Wall will add a distinctive twist to Pittsburgh's historical built environment and the outdoor activities on the river's edge. Sprout will consider funding requests up to $10,000 to make this idea happen in time for summer fun!

Hot Spot Signs

Hot Spot Signs is a network of promotional signs directing people to Pittsburgh destinations otherwise left off the map. Focusing on local legends, community landmarks, famous sites, and other homegrown attractions, Hot Spot Signs will gather data from the street-level and promote the unique character of Pittsburgh's distinct neighborhoods. Sprout will consider funding requests up to $15,000 to mark a new way to discover Pittsburgh!

Lots of Green

Lots of Green is a program to revitalize blighted community resources through a large-scale greening campaign in one Pittsburgh neighborhood. Lots of Green will refurbish vacant property and provide open and safe green spaces in the community ready for future development. Sprout will consider funding requests up to $20,000 for a clean-and-green campaign in your neighborhood!

Alternative Transportation Festival

Alternative Transportation Festival is an event to raise public awareness of alternative means of transportation and advocate for the use of public transportation, car-sharing, alternative fuels, and human-powered vehicles. This project will combine internationally observed events with Pittsburgh's own innovations and activities. Sprout will consider funding requests up to $25,000 to plan this alternative energy event!

Urban Info Kiosk

Urban Info Kiosk is a prototype touch-screen device delivering important information to the public. The Urban Info Kiosk prototype will tour Pittsburgh and offer features including bus route information and schedules, interactive city maps, a calendar of events, news feeds and weather updates. Sprout will consider funding requests up to $30,000 to develop and promote a working prototype!


Community Change through Civic Engagement

Engage Pittsburgh began at The Idea Round Up in September 2006, an unprecedented event that convinced 300 participants from in and around Pittsburgh that together, they could make a difference.

United by a common love for Pittsburgh, these perfect strangers produced 100 brain-busting ideas for community innovation—from the wacky and out-there to the necessary and practical—these ideas formed a community blueprint that has served as the foundation for the rest of the Engage Pittsburgh initiative.

After the dust settled from The Idea Round Up, Sprout launched www.engagepittsburgh.org to continue the dialogue and development of ideas in a unique online setting. Designed as a public bulletin board, this web forum created an environment to expand the work that began at The Idea Round Up. Months of dialogue helped to narrow the field of ideas and propelled the strongest concepts to the forefront.

Finally, Sprout took the ideas to the experts, consulting with specialists from around the region to help evaluate which ideas would make the best community projects.

Now entering the funding stage, The Sprout Fund is requesting proposals from the Pittsburgh community to move these exciting, innovative projects forward. Sprout stands to invest $100,000 in project support to groups who can demonstrate they have what it takes to make these ideas happen in the community in mid-2007.