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Design Grants


Community-Based Collaborative Action Grants

Enterprise provides grants for organizations to host a Collaborative Action in their community. Collaborative actions are small-scale, co-creative activities focused on implementation. Through a design process that features honest conversations with people about the issues in their community, collaborative actions have the power to promote healing while fostering a sense of place. These actions may include creative placemaking, asset mapping, temporary art installations or community events. They are low cost and short in duration but often fit into a larger community effort.

We are pleased to announce our 2016 Grantees!  Stay tuned for the next round of grants to be made available in 2017.

Made with Love To learn more about collaborative actions,
see our publication "Made With Love"

Projects are selected based on how well they:

  • Build community agency
  • Engage local voices
  • Advance long-term community goals

Predevelopment Design Grants

Enterprise’s Pre-Development Design Grant provides funding for design exploration during the early stages of affordable housing development. Carrying the project from inception to the beginning of schematic design, these grants enable development teams to define project goals, identify challenges and explore multiple design solutions.

The grant funds a rigorous integrative design process in the early stages of development, beginning with a visioning and architect competition, and followed by a charrette to strengthen the project’s overall green approach.

Armed with new ideas and expanded partnerships, developers complete the process equipped to make more informed decisions that lead to higher quality projects. By engaging a broader network of architects as well as a more robust development team, the grant encourages lasting changes in the pre-development design process of affordable housing.

Application are now being accepted

Applications for architecture competitions and design charrettes conducted with an integrative perspective are accepted via our Section 4 grant program under "Program Area 1: Building and Designing Sustainable Communities"
August 12: Deadline to submit LOI 
October 7: Deadline to submit full proposal

Pilot Program Grant Recipients

See the 2012 grant recipients' design concepts and learn what they found most valuable about the pre-development design