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 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

The program application period is open until October 29, at 11:59 p.m. To apply for the program, you must select "CBO Design Assistance" and request the application here. Applications must be received by October 29 at 11:59 p.m. in order to be considered for the program.

Contact us for more information.