Supported Projects

The Washington Square West Trust has provided funds to the following organizations and/or entities to enhance the quality of life for the Washington Square West neighborhood. The Trust does not have any programs of its own; rather, it funds organizations that are congruent to the goals of the Trust. The following organizations fulfill the program goals of the Trust.

To inquire about how the Trust can support your project or organization, please email us at

Recent Projects

Free Library of PhiladelphiaBuilding fund, grants for book purchases, and purchase of stools for the children’s area for the Independence Branch, which serves the Washington Square West neighborhood. Replace water damaged carpeting and supply paint.

Friends of Louis I. Kahn ParkFunding for annual summer concert series and park repairs.

Friends of Seger Park PlaygroundFunding for benches, trees, fencing, tennis court resurfacing, basketball court renovation and upkeep, facility maintenance, materials for construction and maintenance of the dog park, and the design and construction of the new playground.

Historic Antique Row Business AssociationProvided funding to promote Antique Row, an historic business district in the heart of the Washington Square West neighborhood.

McCall Elementary SchoolFunding for Promethean interactive whiteboards and laptops, Supply computer chargers for students.

Philadelphia Police Department (South Street Mini-Station)Funding for computers and bicycles, Supply giveaways like key chains with an alarm function.

Third District Police Mini-Station - Support for personal alarm devices distributed at an event organized at Casa Farnese.

Virginia Trosino Tree Tender Scholarships and Greening GrantsEach year the Washington Square West Trust will sponsor scholarships to tree-tending classes offered by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the School of Arboriculture at the Morris Arboretum. Recipients of the scholarship must be residents of the Washington Square West neighborhood, and must clearly express their intent to use their gained knowledge for the benefit of the neighborhood. The selection of recipients will be made by the Urban Stewardship Committee of the Washington Square West Civic Association. In addition to these scholarships the Washington Square West Trust may consider funding other specific greening projects and make grant awards in Virginia’s name. Possible community greening projects might include, but not be limited to, matching tree grants, grants to make up the difference between the cost of bare-root trees vs. soil on the roots trees, and other green projects proposed by residents of the Washington Square West community.

Washington Square West Civic AssociationCo-sponsor for the neighborhood clean-up, co-sponsor for the replacement and installation of new outdoor light fixtures to promote nighttime security throughout the neighborhood, historical signage, various other activities/programs of the Association

Washington Square West Town Watch Funding for conference participation and purchase of hooded sweatshirts for Town Watch volunteers.

West Washington Square Historic District Funding of the planting of trees within the proposed District that were common when the neighborhood was first developed.