Community Design Services (CDS)

In-Kind Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and
Virginia Nonprofits for Architectural Planning

GrantWatch ID#: 174976
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Washington Architectural Foundation (WAF)


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In-kind grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia nonprofit organizations for the preliminary architectural planning of facilities. This program is intended to assist organizations that lack the budget for professional design services. Grantees receive pro bono design services from a volunteer architect. Design services are primarily intended for nonprofits in the District of Columbia, although projects in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area are also considered.

WAF can help both mature and emerging groups meet housing, accessibility, health care, education, homeless services, artistic, cultural, and community development needs at the neighborhood level. Projects have ranged from highly complex ones like the recent volunteer-led transformation of eight public school libraries on Capitol Hill which now serve as efficient, accessible centers of learning to numerous small projects helping clients with space planning, accessibility, and other design and building challenges.

Working directly with client organizations, design services volunteers can prepare preliminary designs and offer technical assistance including cost estimates, zoning analysis, programming, and presentation drawings.

WAF volunteer design professionals can:

- Create drawings or reports that can be used to gain support from your community and your potential funders;
- Assist in preparing a design program;
- Evaluate buildings to determine whether the structure can accommodate the program;
- Provide conceptual designs and cost estimates.

Please note that WAF volunteers cannot prepare construction documents or permit drawings.

Community Design Services provides conceptual, preliminary designs to registered 501(c)(3) DC metropolitan-area nonprofits and community groups that cannot otherwise afford professional design services.

For a more information on projects that the CDS program has facilitated, please click here:

Please note that clients are required to pay a fee to the Washington Architectural Foundation, and must acknowledge the Foundation/CDS on all project and promotional material.

If your project is approved, the Foundation will set up the first meeting with your organization at the District Architecture Center. The Foundation will then arrange subsequent volunteer visits depending on the scope of your project.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Return completed application to:

Daniel Fox, Assistant Director, AIA|DC

Washington Architectural Foundation
Community Design Services
421 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Washington, DC Metropolitan Area

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USA: Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington, DC

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