Sacred Places Summer 2009 - Page 6

THE LEVERAGING EFFECT OF CAPITAL GRANTS Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places granted by the Philadelphia Regional Fund $1 2009 New Dollars/New Partners congregations participate in Module II training, led by Luther Snow, Asset-Based Community Development consultant, at The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. UPDATE on Partners: The Philadelphia Regional Fund Commercial Corridors Project With funding from the Citi Foundation last year, Partners launched exciting pilot projects along two commercial corridors in Philadelphia. Working with asset-based community development consultant Luther Snow, Partners convened congregations and organizations along Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia and Germantown Avenue in Northwest Philadelphia to identify new partnerships that can revitalize their neighborhoods. The community meetings have generated several valuable initiatives for each corridor, inspired by conversations about shared interests and priorities. Grants The Philadelphia Regional Fund continues to support critical capital projects at 26 of Philadelphia’s historic sacred places, including five grantees that were announced last fall. The new class of grantees will be announced in late 2009. Last year also saw the implementation of an innovative round of collaborative grants to 13 congregations that proposed new and inventive partnership projects. The initiatives established under these seed grants continue, ranging from a neighborhood coalition that is planning 5 • Sacred Places • www.sacredplaces.org • Summer 2009 The $25 million leveraged by our grants supported 112 jobs, over $4 million in wages and nearly $260,000 in local taxes. $12 $25,985,314 leveraged in actual bricks and mortar projects streetscape improvements to community meetings that are developing a plan for enhanced church space use. Training 2009’s round of New Dollars/New Partners training began in February at The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. Many faith denominations are represented, eager to act on their affinities and assets. Free supplemental workshops continue to be offered, most recently on communications strategies, including articulating congregational identity via printed materials and websites. Held in late January, this workshop was led by Ennis Carter of Design for Social Impact and Candace Roberts of Quantum Think. Events Partners was a collaborator and presenter for a citywide preservation conference hosted by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia in May. The first of its kind in the city, this event drew together Philadelphia’s broad spectrum of preservation-minded community groups and agencies, ranging from city government representatives to nonprofit organizations such as Neighborhoods Now! (which develops market-driven programs to improve Philadelphia’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods), the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) (which helps community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into sustainable communities), and the Community Design Collaborative (a volunteer-based center that provides pro bono preliminary design services to non-profit organizations).