Germantown United Community Development Corporation has received a one-year, $25,000 civic engagement grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council centered on pre-work for a comprehensive neighborhood plan. Understanding the need for a resident-driven approach to community planning and development, Germantown United CDC has joined forces with the theater-based nonprofit Just Act to connect organized groups of residents operating at the micro level – from block associations to neighborhood civics with limited boundaries – and map both the formal and informal networks currently contributing to community improvement efforts in Germantown.
Germantown United CDC is excited to share the design drafts for the long-awaited online business directory and neighborhood website for Germantown, launching in early 2016. GUCDC received a grant from the Philadelphia Commerce Department to develop the website, which will promote the revitalization of Germantown’s business corridors and inform residents and visitors about amenities and attractions in the neighborhood.
We asked longtime Germantown business owner and artist Karen Singer three questions about her business and series of collectible tiles picturing iconic Germantown buildings. Germantown United CDC recently commissioned Singer to create a custom tile as a thank you gift for donors to We Are Germantown, the organization’s annual fundraising campaign.
Germantown is in the news! Germantown United CDC staff pick your must-reads of the month, including Pulitzer prize-winning writer Inga Saffron’s take on the renovation of Vernon Park, Germantown’s business district, neighborhood revitalization, and rising development. Good stuff!
Parks can be a powerful tool to rescue struggling commercial areas. Pulitzer prize-winning writer Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, recently visited Germantown to tour the newly renovated Vernon Park, which fronts Germantown’s central business district. Read her take on the park’s comeback, neighborhood revitalization, and rising development in Germantown.
Germantown United CDC’s next Business Info Session is all about money. Meet the Lenders and learn about the types of loans and financing opportunities available to small businesses. The event will be held in the evening next week on Thursday, November 12 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Flying Horse Center. Anyone who owns a local business, or is interested in opening a business in Germantown is welcome to attend.
Germantown is in the news! Germantown United CDC staff pick your must-reads of the month. Read all about: the Germantown Masjid, why the “Open Streets” movement is not the apocalypse and what it could mean for our business district, the recent Liquor Control Board hearing about a problematic deli near Vernon Park, construction progress at Queen Lane Apartments, and what Philadelphia’s next mayor Jim Kenney thinks about Germantown. Good stuff!
Seven Grassroots Community Improvement Projects Awarded “Fund for Germantown” Micro-grants by Germantown United CDC
Germantown United CDC is proud to announce the next round of grantees for the Fund for Germantown, the organization’s micro-grant program supporting community-driven beautification projects in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. Since the program launched, 17 micro-grants have been awarded, with funds supporting a wide range of projects from greening to murals, neighborhood bulletin boards, cleanups and other community-building activities.