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 Macro-grants are meant to assist small businesses and community groups of Greater Hazelwood to expand their current services, provide additional programming to meet a community need, or organize a large event or project. However, we will consider other proposed use that seek to create a broad benefit for residents of Greater Hazelwood.

See below for how some groups have used this grant, as well as program guidelines and restrictions. If you have questions about the program, email Tiffany Taulton, HI Director of Community Initiatives:

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Here are some ways groups and businesses have used their Macro grants:


C&D's Kitchen - Expanded refrigeration

Hazelwood COG - Furnishings for Co-working space

Dylamato's Market - Deli slicer

Elmer Herman Funeral Home - Expanded seating

Morning Star Baptist Church - Turned vacant lot into event space

Pittsburgh Classic Players - Free tickets for residents to community theater 


  1. Grant awards will be between $1000 and $2000.

  2. Applicants must be one of the following:

    • a small business owner, who must provide a signed IRS Form W9, or

    • a non-profit organization, which must provide a W9 and proof of 501(c)3 status, or

    • a group (e.g., a block club) based in Greater Hazelwood that has an agreement with a non-profit for the non-profit to serve as the group’s fiduciary agent. Hazelwood Initiative will not serve as fiduciary agent for any grantees. Revisions approved 02.06.2018

  3. Applications for 2020 macro-grants must be received by the dates noted below:

    • Friday, March 6

    • Friday, May 8

    • Friday, July 3

    • Friday, Sept 4

    • Friday, November 6

      • Grant checks will be available to awardees within 45 days of the application due dates.

  4. Applicants must explain how the grant will be used for the benefit of Greater Hazelwood; grants must have a significant positive impact on the community.

  5. Grantees must provide documentation that the grant funds were used for the proposed purpose and describe how the expected benefit was achieved. Documentation could include pictures, news articles, invoices, cost estimates, etc. Documentation must include an impact statement, detailing the benefit of the grant to the community.

  6. Documentation must be provided within 2 weeks of the proposed event or grant use.

  7. Grantees who do not provide acceptable documentation that a grant was used for the proposed purpose will not be eligible to receive future macro-grants.

  8. Applicants whose grant applications are not funded may request a one-time reevaluation of the grant request by the Application Review Committee. Once reevaluation is complete, the Committee’s decision will be final.

  9. Applicants may be awarded macro-grants only once per year.


  1. Individuals may not receive funds solely for personal use or benefit.

  2. Grant applications will not be considered for rent or mortgage payments, building or vehicle purchases, political fundraisers, or to improve the cash flow of a small business.

  3. Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. cannot be a grantee.

  4. Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. cannot serve as a fiduciary agent for applicants.

  5. Applicants that are small businesses or entrepreneurs must contribute 10% of the projected budget in personal funds (e.g., if the projected budget for the requested activity is $3000, the applicant must provide at least $300 for the activity him/herself.)

Application Review Committee:

The Application Review Committee will be made up of 1 board member of Hazelwood Initiative and at least 2 community members, plus one community member who will serve as an alternate. A staff member of Hazelwood Initiative will provide administrative support to the committee.

Public Notice of Grant Awards:

After notification is made to applicants, those applicants who are awarded grants and the purpose of those grants may be publicized in print and social media as well as at various community meetings.

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