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Second Round of Design Grants for 2017

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The Community Design Collaborative is proud to announce its newest Design Grants and nonprofit partners!

The Collaborative will work with Allegheny West Foundation to develop design concepts for a fresh and unified visual identity on the North 22nd Street Commercial Corridor. Volunteers will introduce high school students to the design process as part of a summer enrichment program. Allegheny West Foundation is a nonprofit community development corporation actively engaged in the revitalization of North Philadelphia’s Allegheny West neighborhood.

Old City Community Fund will bring stakeholders together to work with Collaborative volunteers on a conceptual design for a new pocket park on a small parcel allocated for community use by the developers of The National. The Old City Community Fund operates as the nonprofit complement to the Old City District, a municipal authority and business improvement district with a mission to maintain and improve the dynamic Old City neighborhood. 

The Collaborative will be helping Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association develop a plan to renovate and expand its existing boat house to improve member amenities, take advantage of beautiful riverfront views, and create event space to generate revenue. The Association was established in 1871 to stimulate and foster interest in the sport of rowing among amateurs as individuals and in clubs, colleges, schools, and industries.

Please Touch Museum will work with the Collaborative to envision a learning garden that extends experiential learning onto the museum grounds. The goal is to offer play-based activities that are fun, encourage healthy living, and promote an understanding of, and connection to, the natural world. Please Touch Museum enriches the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, where lifelong learning begins and curiosity is encouraged.

Water Tower Advisory Council and the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Association will get to take a comprehensive look at this popular facility to create a master plan for improvements. The mission of Water Tower Recreation Center is to be a recreational resource for the community with emphasis on inclusive recreation programs that will encourage a pattern of lifelong physical and educational activities. Its offerings include a fitness center, summer camp, and a gymnastic program.

About Design Grants
The Collaborative’s Design Grants offer pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia. Nonprofits work as partners with volunteers from the design profession – architects, landscape architects, preservationists, interior designers, urban planners, engineers, cost estimators, and others—to put their visions down on paper and advance to the next stage: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects. Wherever a nonprofit's mission and vision are taking them, we're here to help. See our recent work or apply for a Design Grant.




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