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RRCDC awards grants to organizations

Rochester Business Journal
December 5, 2013

The Rochester Regional Community Design Center has announced $20,000 in grants to three organizations in Rochester through its Development/Design Fund Program.

The program, in its inaugural year, awards grants to non-profit organizations to hire design professionals to complete pre-development studies on projects in their communities. This is the second round of grants awarded in 2013.
Awards will go to:

  • Changing of the Scenes Neighborhood Association, $5,000—which will use the award to hire a landscape architect to enhance a vacant lot on Adams Street and create a place of historic reflection. The site is the former location of the home of James and Bessie Hamm, community volunteers who opened their home to help area students achieve in academics;
  • Coalition of Northeast Associations, $7,500—which will use the grant for architectural assistance to explore the feasibility of updating and expanding their Hudson Avenue facilities. The improvements would allow the association to expand its program and services to accommodate community meetings for block club, youth and senior organizations; and
  • North Winton Village Association, $7,500—which will use the grant for architectural services to create conceptual facade designs for several commercial buildings, especially along the East Main Street corridor.

Applications will be accepted for the next round of grants in spring 2014. Visit for updates.
RRCDC is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy, sustainable communities by encouraging quality design and thoughtful use of built and natural resources.

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