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First Round of Design Grants for 2018

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Six local nonprofits are receiving grants for preliminary design services through the Community Design Collaborative’s Design Grants program.

The Collaborative is providing African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA) with a conceptual master plan for corridor improvements that celebrate the cultural identity of the communities served by the Woodland Avenue Commercial Corridor. The design grant will focus on strategies for streetscape improvements and prototypes for façade improvements. ACANA serves African and Caribbean immigrants through social and legal services, community development programs, free health screenings, emergency food services, and African arts and culture events.

A longstanding community garden in South Philadelphia, the Concert Garden needs repairs and a refresh to increase neighborhood use, stewardship and programming. The Collaborative will be working with Neighborhood Gardens Trust (NGT) to engage the surrounding community in creating a strategy and conceptual plan to improve the Concert Garden. NGT acquires and preserves community gardens and shared open space to enhance the quality of life in Philadelphia neighborhoods. 

The Collaborative will also be working with New Kensington CDC, Impact Services, and Thomas Jefferson University’s JeffDESIGN to develop design concepts for converting an  Airstream trailer into a mobile community health outreach platform. New Kensington CDC and Impact Services offer programs and funding to support community and economic development in the Riverwards section of Philadelphia.  Thomas Jefferson University’s JeffDESIGN teaches students to apply design thinking to solve healthcare challenges.

Finally, the Collaborative will develop a conceptual plan with the Passyunk Square Civic Association to transform the 1200 block of Percy Street into an engaging pedestrian connector and public space. The alley connects two South Philadelphia destinations, the Italian Market and East Passyunk Avenue. The conceptual plan will build on the success of Electric Street, an LED lighting mural installed in 2016, and create a new place to express the diversity of the neighborhood’s residents and business.

About Design Grants
The Collaborative’s Design Grants provide preliminary design services to help nonprofits succeed in the challenging arena of community and economic development. Every design grant offers a unique scope of services and team of volunteer design professionals to meet the needs of the nonprofit grant recipient and the community it serves. Design Grants prepare nonprofits for the next stage of community development: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects. 

See our recent work and find out how nonprofits can apply for a Design Grant.




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