Neighborhood Placemaker RFP Invite

Thank you to all who participated in the 2016 Neighborhood Placemaker grant.

It was a privilege to review so many  exciting ideas for Neighborhood Placemaking in Philadelphia. 87 ideas were submitted and after a very competitive process and considerable review with a panel of participants from city departments and design professionals, PHS and the Commerce Department are pleased to announce the following awardees:

  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation to update the 10th Street Plaza at 10th and Vine Streets and revitalize this important neighborhood gateway.
  • Roxborough Development Corporation to transform a vacant lot into a public park and create much needed open space on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough.

We applaud each of you on your ongoing efforts to make the city more beautiful and thank you for your commitment to your neighborhoods. It is organizations like yours that make Philadelphia a great place to work and live.


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.)