Rep. Kenyatta presents grant funding to two Philadelphia organizations for improvement projects

PHILADELPHIA, July 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., presented $30,000 in grant funding to two Philadelphia organizations today, which will be used on improvement projects.

Kenyatta, who helped secure the state funds, presented a $15,000 check to Grands as Parents at its office on 2227 N. Broad St. The organization supports grandparents who currently serve as the caregivers for their grandchildren.

“Grandparents as the primary caregivers of their grandchildren is becoming more common in our community. As lawmakers, we need to do all we can to help organizations like Grands as Parents continue to support these loving people,” Kenyatta said.

The funding will go toward revitalizing its meeting space with new paint, heating system repairs, resealing the roof, and installation of a new floor.

“This contribution from Representative Kenyatta is very important to us because most of the work we do around supporting grandparents and other caregivers isn't generally recognized with major government funding. So, this is a big, big plus for us. With the upgrades and building improvements this grant will cover, we won't have to worry about the safety of our kids here, and how we can provide a better place for these families,” Jean Hackney of Grands as Parents said.  

Kenyatta also presented a $15,000 check to Urban Creators, a community-collaborative which turned 3 acres of blighted land into a network of sustainable urban farms.

“Urban Creators is already setting a trend with its efforts to improve our wonderful city by turning blight into sustainable farmland. Now I am pleased to help them do their part to help the planet by harnessing the power of the sun to power their farm,” Kenyatta said.

“Urban Creators has been working fearlessly to impact our neighborhood for a decade. Support from Representative Kenyatta's office shows us that our work and community is seen and heard at the state level. These resources will be foundational to the legacy and future growth of Life Do Grow Farm,” Jeaninne Kayembe of Urban Creators said.

The funding will be used on a three-phase project which involves utilizing solar power for the farm’s lighting and building more infrastructure for hosting community events.