Your organization is eligible to apply if you:
Are seeking preliminary design services
The Collaborative has awarded Design Grants to nonprofit organizations engaged in the enhancement of arts and culture, economic development, education, housing and community development, open space, religious institutions, and social services within their communities. Browse Our Work to see some of our recent Design Grant recipients.
Design Grants may include the following preliminary design services:
Design Grants typically provide between $15,000 and $35,000 in pro bono 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.
When your nonprofit organization is awarded a Design Grant, you will pay an administrative fee to offset the Collaborative’s direct costs. We give priority to organizations who are receiving Design Grants to:
Nonprofits with annual budgets of under $1 million will pay a fee of $2,000. Nonprofits with annual budgets of $1 million or more will pay a fee of $3,000. Nonprofits who do not fall under one of the above criteria will pay a fee of $5,000. Please contact us if you have questions about these criteria.
Nonprofit organizations receiving Design Grants will also contribute their time and take an active role in the design process. You may be asked to provide additional background information or coordinate task force meetings, volunteer team meetings, and site visits. These responsibilities and others unique to your Design Grant will be agreed upon and detailed in the letter of agreement.
Because each Collaborative Design Grant is unique, we use our application process to learn as much as we can about your organization and the preliminary design services you need.
Step 1: Design Grant Application
Your first step is to complete a Design Grant application online, or download the PDF and mail it to us. The application asks for information about your organization and the project, as well as several basic nonprofit documents.
Step 2 : Interview and Site Visit
Within two weeks of receiving your application, a Collaborative staff member will contact you to arrange an interview and site visit. The purpose of the interview and site visit is to gather more information about your organization and project, determine whether preliminary design services are right for you, and identify the specific preliminary design services that you need.
Step 3: Scope of Services
Based on the information gathered through the site visit, the Collaborative will recommend the package of preliminary design services and the combination of expertise that will meet your needs.
The Collaborative has a Design Grant Selection Committee that reviews all applications on a quarterly basis. They use the following criteria to evaluate Design Grant applications:
In addition, the Collaborative gives priority to organizations who are receiving Design Grants to:
More questions? Contact Heidi Segall Levy, Director of Design Services, at Heidi@cdesignc.org or (215) 587-9290.