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Here’s the chance for nonprofits to join the $500M Rebuild initiative

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The City of Philadelphia is going to need some help with Rebuild, a $500 million investment in equity with its rebuilding of the city’s parks, rec centers, playgrounds and libraries.

And as it’s been noted before, local nonprofits are going to be key in not only helping manage Rebuild’s improvement projects but also in making sure the work being done is representative of the community’s interests and needs. If you’re involved with a Philly-area nonprofit and are interested in joining the effort, now is the time to let the city know.

Through Sept. 29, Rebuild will be taking Requests for Qualifications (RFQ), via paper or electronic file format, from “interested and experienced, Philadelphia-based nonprofits to become pre-qualified as Project Users,” according to a press release.

You can access the RFQ and find more information here.

“Many nonprofits across the city have the experience, skills and values that we expect of our Project Users,” said Nicole Westerman, executive director of Rebuild, in a statement. “We’re looking forward to establishing a pool of nonprofits who are ready to help us realize Rebuild’s potential to transform neighborhoods.”

Here’s the rundown of qualifications for interested nonprofits:

  • Nonprofits need to have successfully completed the designs and constructions of projects exceeding $1 million.
  • They need to have experience in working with their communities in garnering both support and development help for projects.
  • A current or future relationship with one or more potential Rebuild work sites is needed.
  • A nonprofit must also be able to show that it’s been successful in managing government or foundation grant funds of at least $1 million.
  • Lastly, nonprofits need to show their dedication to diversity and inclusion within the organization, as well as via an Economic Opportunity Plan.

There’s still a few questions you may have when it comes to this whole process, like whether or not the city will be directly involved with the projects (yes, some projects may be managed by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority or Parks and Recreation staff) or if Sept. 29 is a hardline due date for RFQs (no, this is just the first round of qualifications and they will continue to be issued on an annual or biennial format to “ensure that a wide range of nonprofits serving diverse communities across the city could manage projects in the neighborhoods they serve”).

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Of course, another questions might be: What exactly will Project Users eventually be doing?

The Rebuild team didn’t exactly spell it out here, but questions can be submitted to rebuild@phila.gov or at one of the four information sessions Rebuild will host during the next two months. The first session is next Friday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, Room 1450.

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