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Third Round of Design Grants for 2019

The Community Design Collaborative's Design Grant Program offers nonprofits and communities access to pro bono preliminary design services. Our community-driven design process enables grant recipients to grow as leaders and develop projects that respond to the unique needs of their neighborhoods. Here are the projects we’re about to begin! 
The Collaborative is developing a programming and site feasibility study for a proposed Cameroonian Cultural Center.

The Cameroonian Association of the Greater Philadelphia Area will work with Collaborative volunteers on a programming and site feasibility study for a proposed Cameroonian Cultural Center. The center will promote Cameroonian arts and culture and support members of the Cameroonian community throughout the region. Our design assistance will provide the nonprofit with information about the space needs for this type of facility and prepare them to evaluate potential sites in Southwest Philadelphia. 

One of the six stores on Frankford Avenue poised for storefront facade improvements.

Six business owners on the Frankford Avenue Commercial Corridor will receive storefront façade improvement advice through a design grant to the Frankford Community Development Corporation. Our volunteers will consult with each owner to set priorities for improvements such as repairs to masonry, cornices, and bays and the installation of new doors, windows, lighting, signage, awnings, or see-through security grills. They will provide sketches and notes to guide storeowners as they apply for grants of $10,000 to $15,000 through the City of Philadelphia’s Storefront Improvement Program.

We are helping North Philadelphia Community Help evaluate a concept for mixed-use development.

North Philadelphia Community Help will explore an idea for mixed-used development on a vacant parcel in North Philadelphia that combines workforce training with affordable housing. The Collaborative has recruited an interdisciplinary team of architects and an economic development specialist to prepare a programming and site feasibility study to evaluate the proposed development concept and site.

Know a nonprofit or community that would benefit from a design grant? Encourage them to apply by October 15, 2019 for our next round of grants.   

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