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Design Grants


Community-Based Collaborative Action Grants

Enterprise is seeking applications from 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.

Because every community has different needs, each proposal should articulate how the organization will engage with community partners to determine the format, reach, and scope of each “collaborative action.”  Proposals will be funded in amounts up to $5,000.

Applications due June 20 to
Application Instructions
Budget form

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

Projects will be selected based on how well they:

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


Applications are due June 20, 2016. 
Applicants will be notified by July 1.
Projects should take place in 2016.
Reporting is due within one month of completing the proposed activity.

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.

Stay tuned for a new round of design grants in summer 2016.

Pilot Program Grant Recipients

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