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Core Grants

The Collaborative’s core grants provide preliminary design services.

 

Preliminary design encompasses the first 10% of the overall design process. Preliminary design establishes a shared project vision; promotes collaboration, critical thinking, and decision making. It allows nonprofits, communities, and design professionals to explore options prior to beginning intensive design. Preliminary design provides you with more a defined project agenda and scope, which allows design and development to proceed more efficiently.

Preliminary design greatly increases the likelihood that your project will be successfully completed. Core grants prepare you for the next stage of community development: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects. Typically, you cannot build from preliminary design work. However, our services will provide you with powerful tools to advance your project, such as:

  • Conceptual drawings to share your vision
  • Feasibility studies to prove the project can be done
  • Preliminary cost estimates to guide fundraising
  • Organizational and community engagement to build capacity and consensus
     

The Collaborative provides 10 to 15 core grants each year. When you receive a design grant, we work with you to determine the best approach and scope of services to meet your needs. We then match you with skilled volunteer design professionals. The Collaborative also works with you to engage your community and other stakeholders through the design process.

Core grants typically provide between $20,000 and $50,000 in preliminary design services, donated by design professional volunteers. Core grant recipients pay a $5,000 administrative fee to offset the Collaborative’s direct costs. Scholarships may be available for organizations whose project will:

  • Advance neighborhood economic development in the City of Philadelphia, or
  • Support Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) activities in service areas approved by the Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development

Thinking of applying? Tell us your organization type so we can best match our services to your needs. 

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