Grant opportunity to design a neighborhood bulletin board

STONE_SOUP_LOGO-300x270Last month, Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) launched the micro-grant program Stone Soup Saturdays, awarding grants to artists, designers, gardeners and other creatives for projects in four Germantown locations.

We’re excited that one of the locations just happens to be W Rockland Street and hope our idea for a neighborhood bulletin board inspires you!

Germantown United is looking for projects with the potential to create a catalyst for future beautification and development in the neighborhood, foster community ownership of public spaces and increase community pride. We like the sound of that!

While the deadline for proposals has past for the other three project locations, the deadline for W Rockland St has been extended until we find the right match. 

Community Exchange

To help shape the Stone Soup project on W Rockland St, we’re offering applicants some suggestions for a community exchange tool we’d like to experiment with on the block.

Recognizing that communication is paramount, we’re looking for a designer, architect or builder to help us create a neighborhood bulletin board. Our plan is to build two and install the boards at the highly visible vacant lot at the corner of Greene St and W Rockland St and outside of the community garden at 15 W Rockland St.

Our hope is that the bulletin board will become the go-to place for W Rockland St Project flyers and community news, helping to connect and inform nearby blocks. We would like the design to feature an accessible space for anyone to post flyers and a protective enclosed case for official W Rockland St Project communications (we distribute A LOT of flyers). The design must be able to withstand outdoor weather conditions and an urban environment.

Our project is all about the community. After the winning proposal is selected, we’ll organize a build-day with GUCDC and the designer and invite neighborhood residents to participate in the installation.

How Neighborhoods Share Information

Sure, lots of neighborhood communications have moved online, but here in Germantown we know there is still a place for the paper flyer. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been snapping photographs of outdoor bulletin boards at parks and gardens around Philadelphia for inspiration. Here are a few examples from Fishtown, Mt. Airy and Northern Liberties.

My favorite example is a neighborhood bulletin board in Lutheran Settlement House's garden on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, near Master Street.

My favorite design sits in Lutheran Settlement House’s garden on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, near Master Street.

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Submit Your Idea!

Grants of up to $1500 will be awarded for materials and artist stipends. There is a total of $7,500 available for implementation of all selected proposals. This program was made possible by a grant from the Samuel S. Fels Fund.

The W Rockland St Project will also help to assist with additional fundraising and materials donations to help lower the cost of the project.

The three other Stone Soup project locations identified by Germantown United CDC are: the unit block of West Haines Street at the garden space on the south side of Germantown Town Hall, the wall at the southwest corner of Chelten and Greene along the southbound bus stop at Greene St and Chelten Ave, and parking lot entryway of the Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC) at 5772 Greene Street. GUCDC is no longer accepting applications for those projects.

To submit your project for W Rockland Street, download the Stone Soup Saturday application and email your pitch to info@germantownunitedcdc.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

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