Funding Announcement: LOVE UPSIDE ALLENTOWN

Upside Allentown is sponsoring Mini-Grant Opportunities to engage in efforts for safe, clean and attractive neighborhoods.


Volunteer-led organizations, faith-based groups or neighborhood groups, doing work within the Upside Allentown geographic area are eligible to apply (see page titled “Upside Program Area”).  Organizations without a governing body (board of directors) may work with Community Action Development of Allentown (CADCA) acting as fiscal agent.

Amount and Purpose

Love Upside Allentown Grants will be limited to $1,000 each and must be used to beautify city blocks.  Projects may address, but are not limited to, clearing of illegal dumping, cleaning of littered neighborhood blocks and alleys, clearing of tree wells, community gardens, community art projects or lighting improvement projects.  Preference will be giving to those projects which seek to maintain or improve streetscape projects previously funding by Upside Allentown.

Application and Budget

Applications will need to be completed, signed and submitted by March 10th in order to be considered.  Project budgets must be submitted with applications.  Budget must show sources of revenue and expenses.    All information must be submitted to “Upside Physical Improvements Committee, C/O, Community Action Development of Allentown 523 N 7th St, Allentown, PA 18102”.

Challenge: Contributions and Volunteers

Applicants are challenged to match or exceed the value of the grant being requested in the form of in-kind contributions, financial commitments or volunteer labor.   In-kind contributions will be calculated based upon the value of the goods and services donated.  Documentation will be required in the form of receipts, purchase orders, service agreements or other documents which verify of goods and services.  Financial commitments can reflect a letter from organizational leadership stating the amount being committed.  Volunteer labor will be calculated by multiplying the value of an hour as determined by Independent Sector in the most recent release of the organization’s report (2015: $23.56).  For each volunteer contributing an hour of time, that hour will be multiplied by $23.56.  If one volunteer contributes 10 hours, the value contributed will be $235.60 (1 X 10 X 23.56=235.60).  If two volunteers contribute 10 hours, the value will be $471.20 (2 X 10 X 23.56=471.20).  The names and hours of each volunteer will be required for documentation.


The application period for mini-grants will run from February 10 through March 10, 2017.  Grants will be announced by March 24, 2017.  Projects will be completed before August 30 with data collection by September 15.  All grantees will be required to attend a mandatory orientation to cover the program details and expectations.  The orientation will be held on April 1, 2017.

Questions or Inquiries

Can be directed to Geoff Brace ( or 484-639-1860) or Pat Jackson ( or 610-703-8349).


Click Here to download the LOVE UPSIDE ALLENTOWN application