Fund Your Next Big Idea

Do you have an awesome idea in need of funding?  Awesome Pittsburgh invites you to learn about some of the nontraditional funding sources available in our community.

2019 awesome funders

DATE: Monday, March 18, 2019
TIME: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m., panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. following the announcement of the February 2019 Awesome Pittsburgh grant winner)
PLACE: CoLab18, Nova Place, 100 S. Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(Directions to CoLab18 and Nova Place Parking Garage information; Free street parking available after 6:00 p.m.)


We’ll have a panel of representatives from local funding sources on hand to talk about the ins and outs of their programs.  A facilitated Q&A session will help you figure out which option could be the best fit for your project.  There will also be time to network with other attendees working on awesome projects, and to ask the panelists project-specific questions.

The following area funders will be taking part:

Awesome Pittsburgh — what could be cooler than folks getting together and working to increase the amount of awesome in the ‘Burgh?  Each month this group awards a $1,000 micro-grant for an interesting, impactful and truly awesome idea!

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Expanding the reach and impact of the region’s diverse and vibrant arts and culture community is the mission of The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.  GPAC reinforces their commitment to “Arts loud and clear” by providing leadership, advocacy, capacity building and connections.  Representatives will be available to discuss GPAC’s three main funding programs that support artists and art projects.

Around here, great ideas see fruition at Ioby Pittsburgh.  Ioby connects leaders implementing positive community projects with funding and support. Their crowdfunding platform solicits cash, in-kind donations, volunteers and more.

Have a small business that you need funding for?  Kiva Pittsburgh helps small businesses get the financing they need to grow and create jobs in our community. This is a crowdfunding platform that solicits 0% interest loans for revenue-generating nonprofits and small businesses.

The New Hazlett Theater CSA could be the incubator for your next creative project. Community Supported Art is an exciting new model of a subscription series that supports local artists in the creation of new work, and establishes new relationships with local patrons.

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Projects that make a difference in Pittsburgh, find their way to New Sun Rising. Known for their commitment to building vibrant communities, New Sun Rising provides strategic programs, vital services, and accessible funding to power civic innovation from idea to impact.

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The Opportunity Fund awards grants from small to midsize arts organizations, and  organizations and initiatives that advance social and economic justice. The majority of their grants are awarded to projects that benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community.

If education is the name of your game, seek out Remake Learning. They’re a professional network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of teaching and learning in Western Pennsylvania. Remake Learning awards micro-grants for school districts and nonprofits that support our region’s learners.

Artists take note! If you have something brewing in your soul that you need to create but don’t have the funding for, then submit your proposal to Soup N’at.  Attendees at these events enjoy community meals while raising funds to support local art-making.