Development/Design Fund Program
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Development/Design Fund?
The Development/Design Fund is a grant and technical assistance program that aids community-based organizations to effectively hire and work with design consultants.
How much can we request?
You can request up to $15,000 for pre-development funding. Grants amounts will vary with the size and scope of each individual project. It may be possible that your organization is awarded a grant that is less than what you have requested. This will be decided by the Development/Design Fund Committee based on your requested funding and your projects size and scope.
What is a Recoverable Grant?
If your project is determined feasible and moves ahead to construction, the Development/Design funds are to be repaid (without interest) from construction financing sources. As part of the project agreement your organization will agree to include the pre-development funding into the budget for the construction and return it to the CDCR. This enables the CDCR to re-use the funds to support other vital community projects.
The advantage of the Development/Design Fund is that it will better equip groups to acquire support, construction financing and have a well thought out direction for project. Additionally, if your project proves to be unfeasible, the funding can be forgiven as a grant, saving you from investing time and money into a project that will likely not be successful.
Can anyone apply for a grant to help my community?
No, we only offer grants to community-based organizations that are registered 501c3 non-profits. In the event that your organization is not a 501c3 or you are a private property owner, we encourage you to partner with a local 501c3 organization. Certain situations may allow for a non-501c3 organization (ex. 501c6, business association) to apply for a grant provided that you have a 501c3 sponsor your organization as a fiduciary.
How do I apply for a grant?
- Review the Development/Design Fund program description to determine if your project is eligible and check to see when the next application period is open..
- Contact Aaron Lehman, the Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585.271.0520 to discuss your project prior to completing the application.
- Schedule a site visit with Aaron Lehman.
- Download application form and submit it with all attachments as 1 PDF via email to email@example.com.
For more information or technical assistance with the Development/Design Fund please contact Aaron Lehman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585.271.0520
When are the funding cycles?
The Development/Design Fund program awards grants biannually in spring and fall cycles. Please check our website for upcoming dates for the competitive application period.
Who should I contact for more information?
Aaron Lehman, the Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 585.271.0520.