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March 28th, 2019

First Round of Design Grants for 2019

Four nonprofits have received grants of preliminary design services in through the Community Design Collaborative’s Design Grant Program. We'll be helping them activate two sacred spaces and two lots for community use.

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Our 2015 Community Design Award Winner
In October, the Community Design Collaborative presented its 2015 Community Design Award to Nicetown Sports Court. This annual award recognizes one Design Grant for excellence in...
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Making a Start at Reviving Two Parks
Most of our pro bono park plans get their start through local efforts to unleash the green and make room for good things to happen. Here are tales of two parks—Gold Star Park and...
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Good, Green News from Nonprofit Clients
It's harvest time! Four nonprofit clients report that they've reached key milestones in projects to add green spaces in their neighborhoods. Cook-Wissahickon School...
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Craig Totaro, Creating a Campus for Arts and Entertainment
What do Brazilian music, weddings, piano lessons, arts festivals, and Zumba classes have in common? They all take place at the Twentieth Century Club in the heart of Lansdowne....
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Local Heroes: Remembering Paul vanMeter and Pastor Martha Lang
It takes a special kind of person to change a community—imaginative enough to see a different future, tenacious enough to make it happen, and, occasionally, bold enough to stir...
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More green for Mariposa, and we don't just mean kale!
Check out  University City Review's story, Mariposa sells local, healthy food to everyone, which shares good news about Mariposa's expanded community reach and economic impact...
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Erica Sollberger, Many ways to get involved
2014 - Erica Sollberger, sitting in the beautiful and newly renovated Twentieth Century Club, laughs when asked about what she does as director of Parks and Recreation for the...
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Bridges to Health Filling a Gap
  Puentes de Salud, a past Design Grant recipient, was featured in a  recent story in the New York Times, Nonprofit Clinic Offers 'Bridges to Health' to Philadelphia's Legal...
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Joyce Smith, Viola Street, a plan for reclaiming blocks
When you walk down the 4200 block of Viola Street in East Parkside, it’s clear that residents are taking care of the block. The street and sidewalks are clean, there’s a thriving...
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