|Who can submit a proposal?
Project proposals can be submitted by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community groups based in New York City. We do not accept project proposals from individuals or for-profit entities.
The Design Trust is not a granting organization or a design consultancy—we are a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public space in New York City(read our mission)
. Every Design Trust project is done in full partnership with the project partner
that proposed the project to us.
What is expected of the partner organization?
The Design Trust believes that public/private partnerships are the most effective way to advance the quality of our public realm. To that end, our projects require the full commitment and active participation of the partner organization.
The partner organization must be prepared to dedicate staff time and institutional resources to the project, attend all project meetings, and work in concert with the Design Trust on all fundraising, publicity, and outreach efforts.
The partner organization is responsible for implementing the project's results once the Design Trust's involvement has ended.
How are project proposals evaluated?
The Design Trust does not undertake a project unless the city agency or community group best situated to implement the designs and plans we develop is involved from the very beginning.
Project proposals are reviewed by the Design Trust on a rolling basis. Each proposal is judged using the
• applicability citywide
• importance to NYC
• clear, attainable goal
• well-formed team
• replicability city, state or nationwide
• demonstrated need for Design Trust involvement
What is the benefit of working with the Design Trust?
Our holistic, independent, and unbiased approach enables us to work across sectors and institutional barriers. The Design Trust's unique project teams, deep familiarity with city process, and experience engaging multiple stakeholders produce real change in New York City.
In a practical sense, the Design Trust leads the project team, managing budget scope, schedule, public outreach, and final deliverables. Project funding is solicited jointly with the partner organization once the project has been selected and scoped.