Preliminary design encompasses the first 10% of the overall design process. Access to preliminary design is critical to the successful outcome of development projects envisioned by nonprofit organizations. Unfortunately, nonprofits rarely have the resources to pay for preliminary design.
Preliminary design establishes a shared project vision; promotes collaboration, critical thinking, and decision making. It allows nonprofits, communities, and design professionals to explore options prior to beginning intensive design. Preliminary design provides you with a more defined project agenda and scope, which allows design and development to proceed more efficiently.
Preliminary design greatly increases the likelihood that your project will be successfully completed. Core grants prepare you for the next stage of community development: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects. Typically, you cannot build from preliminary design work. However, our services will provide you with powerful tools to advance your project, such as:
The Collaborative provides 10 to 15 core grants each year. When you receive a design grant, we work with you to determine the best approach and scope of services to meet your needs. We then match you with skilled volunteer design professionals, including architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, preservationists, sustainability consultants, development consultants, artists, graphic designers, community engagement specialists, cost estimators, and others. The Collaborative also works with you to engage your community and other stakeholders through the design process.
Core grants typically provide between $20,000 and $50,000 in preliminary design services, donated by design professional volunteers. Core grant recipients pay a $5,000 administrative fee to offset the Collaborative’s direct costs. Scholarships may be available for organizations whose project will:
Learn more about Core Grants here.
Interested in accessing design services? We’re currently retooling our process for applying. In the meantime, you can express interest by emailing Jesse Blitzstein at email@example.com with a brief description of your organization, potential project, and need for assistance.
Nonprofit partnership and community engagement are hallmarks of our design process.