Design Assistance

We connect community-based organizations with professional designers to help build vibrant neighborhoods, commercial districts, and storefronts.

Neighborhood Design Lab

Visual design helps neighborhoods promote local businesses and attract customers, yet many community-based organizations (CBOs) do not have in-house design expertise. We partner with the World Studio Foundation to provide design services, teach organizations how to build internal design skills, and complete neighborhood-wide branding projects. Organizations will work with a designer to brainstorm, plan, and carry out a creative design event or campaign. Each project will connect to a long-term vision for a commercial corridor.

Who Can Apply

  • Nonprofit community-based organizations (BIDs, local development corporations, merchants associations, and other organizations) operating within the five boroughs of New York City, with a preference for organizations serving low- and moderate-income neighborhoods;
  • Nonprofit organizations incorporated in New York State;
  • Organizations compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements.

How to Apply

Applications have closed. Check back for updates on when applications open for next year's program.

Contact us for more information.