Preliminary design greatly increases the likelihood that a project will be successfully completed. Preliminary design is the first 10% of the design process. It can provide nonprofits with powerful tools to advance their projects - conceptual drawings to share the vision, feasibility studies to prove the project can be done, and preliminary cost estimates to guide fundraising.
The Collaborative’s Design Grants give nonprofits access to pro bono preliminary design services. Nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia can apply.
Design Grants are responsive; they offer a package of preliminary design services tailored to the specific needs of each nonprofit. Design Grants typically provide between $15,000 and $35,000 in preliminary design services donated by volunteers with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, cost estimating, historic preservation, interior design, urban design, city planning, lighting design, graphic design, and more.
Design Grants may be implemented as a project or a charrette. When a nonprofit organization applies for a Design Grant, the Collaborative determines which approach will best meet their needs.
Nonprofit partnership and community engagement are hallmarks of our design process.