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Make your project a success by tapping into our pro bono preliminary design services. 
The Collaborative’s Design Grants give nonprofits access to 
pro bono preliminary design services. Nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia may apply for grants.

Preliminary design greatly increases the likelihood that a project will be successfully completed. Preliminary design is the first 10% of the design process. It provides 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. 

Design Grants offer pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofits. The Collaborative works with each Design Grant recipient to determine the approach and scope of services that will best meet their needs. Design Grants typically provide between $15,000 and $35,000 in preliminary design services - donated by highly skilled 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 Grant recipients pay a $5,000 administrative fee to offset the Collaborative’s direct costs. Scholarships may be available for organizations receiving Design Grants to: 

  • advance neighborhood economic development in the City of Philadelphia, or
  • support Community Development Block Grant activities in service areas approved by the Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development.



News and Happenings
Our 2018 Community Design Award Winner
The conceptual design for the West Parkside Youth Sports and Community Learning Center is the recipient of AIA Philadelphia's 2018 Community Design Award.  The award recognizes...
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First Round of Design Grants for 2018
Six local nonprofits are receiving grants for preliminary design services through the Community Design Collaborative’s Design Grants program. The Collaborative is providing...
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Transforming Neumann Goretti High School
Read all about it in Changing Skyline and see Neumann Goretti High School—before and after—in our video. Neumann Goretti High School, a Catholic college preparatory high school...
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Our Design Process

Nonprofit partnership and community engagement are hallmarks of our design process.

Nonprofit proposes an idea

Collaborative matches nonprofit with volunteer design team

Design team, nonprofit and community collaborate

Design team creates conceptual design

Nonprofit and community give feedback

Final conceptual design and recommendations compiled

Nonprofit moves forward with project



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