For the second consecutive year, Feet First Philly and Clean Air Council partnered with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to provide a funding opportunity for neighborhoods to enhance public spaces, and we are excited to announce this year’s winners.
In 2021 we funded seven amazing projects, including the sidewalk repair pictured above. In this round, we received over 60 applications, and with extra help from our generous donors and volunteers, we are able to fund a total of eight mini-grants this year.
The projects selected will implement unique strategies to address different barriers to public spaces in their neighborhood. We are currently announcing the first five projects and will announce the additional three winners in the near future.
Cobbs Creek Ambassadors seek to extend its efforts of cleaning up the Cobbs Creek Trail. This year, the group “aims to establish a Trash, Trees, and Trails (T³) mission, a more holistic approach to engaging neighbors in the park’s revitalization”.
Norris Square Neighborhood will install community bulletin boards in front of two of their garden spaces to provide various information to the neighborhood and create more welcoming spaces for neighbors to enjoy.
Southwest Community Development Center will create an outdoor space for community members to access and engage in various activities. This space will act as a pocket park for the neighborhood.
ACHIEVEability will increase safety, cleanliness, and neighborhood pride by beautifying the 60th Street Commercial Corridor between Arch and Chestnut Streets.
Hansberry Garden and Nature Center will be enhancing a meadow as a local walking destination with a welcome sign, seating area, and other amenities.
Follow us for updates on the additional three awardees.
Quotes from Recipients
Cobbs Creek Ambassador – Temwa Wright – “Wow, thank you so much for selecting Cobbs Creek Ambassadors for this opportunity. This year, we saw the greatest expansion of our clean-up efforts. We were able to recruit 7 ambassadors who led regular clean-up efforts and helped remove more than 11,000 pounds of trash from Cobbs Creek Park. Your support made that possible. We can’t thank you enough for this grant which will help us do even more this year.”