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Six New Design Grants

  • Design consultations will support storefront facade improvements on the Wyoming Avenue Commercial Corridor.


The Community Design Collaborative is proud to announce six new Design Grants supporting schoolyard greening, commercial corridor revitalization, and community-based health and human services.

The Collaborative’s Design Grants program offers grants of preliminary architecture and landscape architecture services to up to 30 nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia each year. Design Grants respond to the unique needs of each nonprofit grantee by preparing a customized scope of preliminary design services and assembling a team of volunteer design professionals. Grants provide between $15,000 and $35,000 in donated preliminary design services.

Two public elementary schools in North Philadelphia will receive conceptual design services for schoolyard greening: Blaine Academics Plus, in partnership with the Philadelphia School Partnership, and Dr. Tanner G. Duckrey School, in partnership with Community Ventures.

Tioga United will also receive preliminary design services to evaluate community and economic development opportunities on North 17th Street between Venango and Ontario Streets.

The Collaborative will conduct a programming and site feasibility study for expansion to The Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation, which provides medical, social and educational services for Korean immigrants and others at its Old York Road facility in Oak Lane.

Finally, two Philadelphia community development corporations will receive pro bono preliminary design services through the Collaborative’s rStore program. rStore provides design consultations to store owners who are planning storefront façade improvements and preparing grant applications. The goal of rStore is to spur multiple façade improvement projects within one neighborhood commercial corridor.

rStore will assist Nueva Esperanza Housing and Economic Development and store owners on the Wyoming Avenue Commercial Corridor in Upper North Philadelphia and Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation and store owners on the 54th Street Commercial Corridor in West Philadelphia.

Apply for a Design Grant Do you know a community development corporation or community-based organization that is seeking early design assistance and help engaging their community in improvements to their facility or neighborhood? The Collaborative’s Design Grant program can help!

Our easy, informative application process includes an application form, an interview, and a site visit. The Collaborative reviews applications on a rolling basis and selects Design Grant recipients four times each year.
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