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Predevelopment Resources

The Community Design Collaborative is just one step in the process of getting a project off the ground, and Philadelphia is full of helpful resources!

Affordable Housing Design Advisor | Design Assistance 
Online tool, resource, idea bank and step-by step guide to design in affordable housing.

AIA Philadelphia (Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects) | Design Assistance 
Maintains online Find an Architect directory listing local architecture firms by type of work and keywords.

Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia | Technical Assistance
Places volunteer business professionals with arts and culture nonprofits as consultants or as board and committee members, offers technology assistance, and places volunteer attorneys to provide legal assistance.

Citizens Planning Institute
The Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) empowers citizens to take a more effective and active role in shaping the future of their neighborhoods and of Philadelphia, through a greater understanding of city planning and the steps involved in development projects. CPI's Citizens Toolkit provides a guide by neighbors for neighbors about how to get things done in your neighborhood!

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia | Technical Assistance
Provides legal assistance in the areas of organizational start-up, incorporation, tax-exempt status, zoning and land use, contracts and leases, real estate, and insurance.

Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) | Technical Assistance
Offers programs, meetings and advocacy efforts to promote sustainable and environmentally responsible planning, design, and construction.

Design Advocacy Group (DAG) | Design Assistance 
Provides an independent, informed public voice for design quality in the Philadelphia region. Hosts regular public meetings and programs on design, development, and planning issues.

Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) | Technical Assistance
Helps people conserve energy and to promote a more sustainable and socially equitable energy future for the Philadelphia region. Provides weatherization services, energy education workshops, green job training, and repairs and replaces heating systems.

Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic Technical Assistance
Offers free transactional legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and small businesses.

Fairmount Park ConservancyTechnical Assistance, Organizational Development
Works as a collaborative partner to lead and support efforts which preserve and improve the Fairmount Park system, including capital projects, neighborhood park stewardship and programming.  

The Food TrustTechnical Assistance
Works to improve the health of children and adults, promote good nutrition, increase access to nutritious foods, and advocate for better public policy. 

Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition (GPAC) | Technical Assistance, Funding
Promotes community development through affordable home improvement and debt consolidation loans, employer-assisted housing programs and financial literacy. 

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia
To transform lives and our city by building quality homes in partnership with families in need, and uniting all Philadelphians around the cause of affordable housing. 

Hamer Center for Community Design | Design Assistance
Promotes public interest art, architecture, and design by supporting collaborative research projects, facilitating dialogue between the academic and practitioner communities, and recognizing excellence in planning and design.

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful | Funding, Organizational Development
Keep Philadelphia Beautiful assists communities in the improvement of the physical and visual aspects of neighborhood environments. We are focused on civic engagement, litter prevention, waste reduction, and recycling education and promotion. We also work to connect Philadelphia residents and community based organizations to City government.

Leadership Philadelphia | Organizational Development
Trains and places talented leaders from the private sector who are interested in serving on nonprofit boards. Resource for obtaining new board members.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation Philadelphia (LISC Philadelphia) Technical Assistance, Funding
Provides technical assistance, operating funds, and training to community development corporations engaged in residential development and commercial corridor redevelopment.

New Beginnings Nonprofit IncubatorOrganizational Development
The New Beginnings Nonprofit Incubator (A project of the Resources for Human Development group) provides small and startup nonprofit programs with the support and resources they need to build their capacity and effectiveness. 

The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle | Organizational Development
Provides leadership development for board members and executive directors; education and training programs in administration, fundraising, human resources, financial management, strategic planning, evaluation, marketing and more; expert consulting or special projects, challenges, new directions or planning processes.

The Nonprofit Finance Fund of Philadelphia and New Jersey | Technical Assistance, Funding
Offers workshops and consultations to help nonprofits plan and evaluate facilities projects. Also offers grants to small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations for facilities and business planning and provides loans for facilities projects, childcare programs and technical assistance.

TechImpact | Technical Assistance
Provides technology assessment and planning, database and data management, web design and outreach, and staff training.

Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) | Technical Assistance, Funding
Administers housing and community development grant and loan programs; publishes annual Consolidated Plan detailing housing and community development activities receiving federal, state, and local funding

Partners for Sacred Places | Technical Assistance, Funding
Provides training, workshops, publications and funding to help congregations and their communities sustain and actively use older and historic sacred places.

Penn Praxis | Design Assistance
Leads practical and applied design projects under the direction of Penn Design faculty to provide opportunities for student and faculty education and development, and for members of Penn to build stronger community ties, and participate in community service.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council | Technical Assistance, Funding
Help municipalities prepare applications for funding Transit Oriented Development projects, partner with municipalities to establish Transit Revitalization Investment Districts.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society | Technical Assistance
Provides materials, technical assistance, and education programs to develop and maintain quality public landscapes and open space in Philadelphia through its Philadelphia Green program. Source of information on local resources for urban greening and vacant land management.

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) | Technical Assistance
The Commonwealth's leading provider of capital for affordable homes and apartments. Created to help enhance the quality and supply of affordable homes and apartments for older adults, persons of modest means, and persons with disabilities, the Agency operates homeownership programs, rental housing development initiatives, and a foreclosure prevention effort.

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) | Technical Assistance, Funding, Organizational Development
Manages citywide membership association of CDCs and affiliate organizations to help community development groups provide the most effective support for their targeted neighborhoods through public policy and advocacy, technical assistance and training, neighborhood GIS mapping technology support, information sharing, and peer-to-peer networking.

Greater Philadelphia Cares | Organizational Development
Recruits corporate and individual volunteers to assist nonprofits on hands-on projects; designs volunteer projects in partnership with nonprofits in Philadelphia region.

Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) | Technical Assistance
Responsible for the City of Philadelphia’s Comprehensive Plan and its modifications, capital program and budget; reviews proposed zoning ordinances and amendments; and regulations concerning the subdivision of land; also develops citywide and neighborhood plans and studies.

Philadelphia Department of Commerce | Technical Assistance, Funding
Umbrella organization for all economic development activity in the City. Leads efforts to help businesses thrive and provides funding and grants for small businesses. Coordinates the work of related agencies, including the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and the Redevelopment Authority.

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) | Funding
Promotes economic development throughout the city by leveraging financing and real estate resources to retain and grow employment in Philadelphia. Clients range from commercial and industrial businesses to developers of large, public-purpose buildings to nonprofits.

Philadelphia Law Works | Technical Assistance
Provides free legal assistance to nonprofits, small businesses and homeowners.

Philadelphia Neighborhood Information Systems (NIS) | Technical Assistance
Online service for mapping and visual displays of neighborhood data (demographics, vacancy, physical condition).

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Advances intentional and sustained stewardship of public land and waterways and manages safe, stimulating recreation, environmental and cultural centers. 

Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (RDA) | Technical Assistance, Funding
Acquires and conveys property to facilitate development to revitalize neighborhoods; renovates vacant, foreclosed properties through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program; helps complete and implement neighborhood plans

Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia Technical Assistance, Funding
Offers advice and information on preservation techniques and funding for the restoration and maintenance of historic buildings and sites. 

Regional Foundation Center | Funding, Organizational Development
Houses Philadelphia’s largest publicly-accessible collection of print and electronic resources on fundraising, nonprofit management, general philanthropy and institutional advancement

Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS) | Technical Assistance
A nonprofit law firm with unique expertise in affordable, sustainable housing and its related components — community and economic development, utility matters and preservation of home ownership. RHLS provides innovative project and policy solutions that help create sustainable communities offering decent, safe and affordable housing for lower-income Pennsylvanians.

The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) | Funding
Community development financial institution promotes socially and environmentally responsible development through lending programs for homes, schools, businesses, and clean energy. Also sponsors the PA Fresh Food Finance Initiative.

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) | Technical Assistance
Organization for business owners committed to building a socially, environmentally and financially sustainable economy. Provides readings, case studies, and a community network for sustainable businesses.

TreeVitalize | Technical Assistance
Provides technical assistance and training to help communities plant trees in their neighborhoods and watersheds in order to restore the region’s tree cover.

Wharton Community Consultants | Technical Assistance, Organizational Development
Provides consulting and advisory services to nonprofit organizations, services provided by Wharton MBA and undergraduate students.

The William Penn Foundation | Funding
Offers grants to nonprofits organizations improving the quality of life through efforts that close the achievement gap for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region.

Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) Technical Assistance, Funding
Develops housing and neighborhood facilities and provides support services for low-income women and their families; provides training and technical assistance in the areas of predevelopment, development, and child care programs.




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