Neighborhood Placemaker RFP Invite

Thank you to all of the organizations that sent in Letters of Interest for the Neighborhood Placemaker Grant. We received 87 very worthy project ideas and applaud each of you for the thoughtful work you do in your communities. The following finalists have been selected:

Brewerytown Garden
Burholme Community Town Watch and Civic Association
Called To Serve CDC
Community Ventures
East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA)
Fairmount Community Development Corporation
Fishtown Neighbors Association
Fleisher Art Memorial
Friends of Jenks
Germantown Special Services District
Germantown United CDC
Hope Partnership for Education
Islamic Cultural Preservation Information Council
Lutheran Settlement House
Mt. Airy Business Improvement District
New Kensington Community Development Corporation
Old City Green
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
Roxborough Development Corporation
South of South Neighborhood Association
South Street Headhouse District
The Big SandBox, Inc
Tiny WPA
University City District


Letter of Interest invitation

As part of the Civic Landscapes Initiative, PHS, with support from the Philadelphia Department of Commerce, is pleased to offer the second year of Neighborhood Placemaker Grants.  Philadelphia-based organizations with project ideas to beautify their neighborhood along a commercial corridor are invited to submit a letter of interest between December 22nd and February 12th. If your project is selected you will be asked to submit a full application.  Awards will be between $15,000 and $25,000. Neighborhood Placemaker Grants offer a funding opportunity for impactful projects that answer the question: how can you make your neighborhood beautiful through horticulture?

An information session will be held January 6th, 5:00 pm at PHS, 100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia. RSVP to neighborhood@pennhort.org.  Attendance is not required for submitting an LOI. LOI’s will be accepted online starting December 22nd.

We are looking for projects in Philadelphia that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Creates a beautiful and sustainable public space within a commercial corridor
  • Builds community and results in a project with long-term, multi-level impact
  • Exemplifies Philadelphia as a city with great civic landscapes

Who should apply:

We invite applicants from across Philadelphia to share their ideas for making communities more vibrant places to live and work: neighborhood and business associations, BIDs, community organizations, educational institutions,  religious organizations, block captains, businesses, non-profits, CDCs, special services districts, garden clubs, park groups, etc. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong community involvement and commitment to the project.

How it works:

Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) by answering a few questions on the PHS website http://phsonline.org/neighborhood-placemaker-rfp-invite The o.nline LOI form will be available starting December 22nd but to get you started the questions are listed below. There will be a strict 250 word limit per answer. If your project is selected for consideration, you will be asked to submit a formal application. Questions? E-mail neighborhood@pennhort.org.

  1. Who are you? Introduce yourself and your organization, provide your contact information.
  2. What’s your idea?  Tell us where your project is and what it’s about.
  3. How will it impact your neighborhood? Which commercial corridor is your project near? (include  factors such as physical, environmental, social, health, or economic impacts)
  4. How does your project align with the PHS mission to connect people to horticulture and together create beautiful, healthy and sustainable communities?
  5. Who have you talked to? How will they help? (include land owners, government representatives, community associations, businesses, etc.)