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

The application period is open until October 12, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. To apply for the program, you must submit an application form via SurveyMonkey Apply. Applications must be received by October 12, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. in order to be considered for the 2019 program.


Attend our Kickoff Event & Community Workshop

On Wednesday, September 26, from 2-5 p.m., attend our upcoming Neighborhood Design Lab kickoff event and community workshop to learn more about how to utilize the power of good design. RSVP and join us to:

  • Learn more about the Neighborhood Design Lab program & application process
  • Hear from 2018 Neighborhood Design Lab participants and view their branding and campaigns
  • Understand how design thinking can work for your organization, and participate in activities facilitated by Worldstudio designers
  • Chat with fellow CBO leaders and our staff to brainstorm your next design projects

Contact us for more information.