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Spring Crop: Six New Service Grants

  • Our service grant will help Columbus Square Park in South Philadelphia devote every piece of open space towards sustainable, people-friendly programming.

A “destination” public park seeking still more games, gardening, and gatherings;  the playground of a school saved from closure by its strong parent-advocates, and a future three-acre urban farm… that's a sample of the Collaborative’s spring crop of service grants.

Here are the nonprofits, people, and places that Collaborative volunteers will be working with over the next six months:

Brewerytown/Sharswood Community Civic Association | Lower North Philadelphia Conceptual design to spruce up storefront façades at the intersection of N. 25th Street and W. Thompson Streets

Columbus Square Park Advisory Council/Passyunk Square Civic Association | South Philadelphia Conceptual design to improve Columbus Square Park

E.M. Stanton School Advisory Committee/SOSNA | South Philadelphia Conceptual design for a sustainable outdoor space with curriculum integration opportunities and a safe and engaging play

The Friends of Bainbridge Green/Queen Village Neighbors Association | South Philadelphia Conceptual design to support greening and gathering places on the 300 and 400 blocks of Bainbridge Street and a gateway to Fabric Row

Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council | West Philadelphia Conceptual design to create a mixed-use commercial/residential building and expand the New Africa Center

Urban Tree Connection | West Philadelphia Conceptual design for an urban farm and center for an urban food producer’s cooperative

About Our Service Grant Program The Community Design Collaborative’s Service Grant Program provides critical information to neighborhoods and nonprofits at a critical time—the very beginning of the project.

The Service Grant Program helps to answer practical questions: How’s our roof? What will the code allow? What’s our best option? How much will our project cost? But it also helps address less tangible but equally important questions:  What do we envision?  How can we engage my community? How can we win over potential funders?

The Collaborative awards up to 30 service grants of preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations each year through its Service Grant Program. These service grants respond to the unique needs of each grant recipient, typically providing $15,000 – $25,000 in pro bono preliminary design services.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grants are awarded four times a year. Grant recipients must pay an administrative fee at the start of the project to offset direct costs. Learn more!



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