Commerce Design Refresh Grant

About

The Commerce Design Refresh Grant is a $20,000 grant offered to commercial small business owners in Detroit to support the cost of interior design upgrades. The design process doesn’t stop when a small business opens its doors. Many owners see opportunities to strengthen their business through design choices they didn’t consider or couldn’t afford the first time around. Business owners can choose to work with their original designer or connect with a new designer in the Detroit Design Network by pitching  a vision for an update or change to their space in this application. Up to three winners will be announced at Drinks x Design on Thursday, August 13, 2020. 

This grant is made possible by Bank of America. 


Please note: In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have decided to cancel the Commerce Design Awards.  We are committed to serving Detroit’s small business and design community and will still be moving forward with the Commerce Design Refresh Grant.

To that end, we are excited to announce that we've increased our Commerce Design Refresh grant fund to $50,000!

Design Core is now going to award up to three businesses funds to refresh their space, in order to remain resilient and sustainable in these times.  Design Core will award up to $20,000 for an individual project


Who Can Apply?

This grant is open to any small business owner that has applied for a Commerce Design Award between 2018-2019, whether or not that business ultimately won an award. Business owners must submit their application jointly with a professional designer and can work with either with their original designer or connect with one through the Detroit Design Network.  The application can be submitted by the business owner or designer, but both parties must sign off.  

*Please note this does not include applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a Commerce Design award.


Who is eligible?  The award program will recognize projects, submitted jointly by the business owner and design team, that have been completed within the City of Detroit (including Highland Park and Hamtramck) within the last 5 years, that are currently operating and open to the public.  Projects that are temporary, still under construction at the time submissions are due, or part of a national chain are not eligible for this program. Past Commerce Design Award winners and applicants may apply.    


How can I spend the money?

The grant is intended to support the cost of interior design upgrades or improved design integration (interior/digital/graphic) that enhances the design experience for customers in the space. 

The grant can cover the cost of 1-3 of the following interior design services such as:

  • Visioning
  • Renderings
  • Graphic elevations
  • Graphic floor plans
  • Graphic ceiling plans
  • Coordination of vendors

The grant should also cover the cost of implementing the recommended design interventions with furniture and materials including, but not limited to:

  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Paint / Super graphics / wall treatment
  • Branding and signage
  • Millwork
  • Flooring (i.e. tile, epoxy, etc.) 

This grant is intended for interior design upgrades only. If you are looking for support with exterior design upgrades, consider applying for assistance through Motor City RE:STORE


How do I apply?

Fill out this form between February 10-May 29. As a business owner, you must identify a designer and work with the designer to prepare the application. If you don’t have a designer identified and need to connect with one, email Cydney Camp (ccamp@designcore.org) and join us at a future Design Salon to meet with members of our Detroit Design Network. 


Timeline

The timeline for submission is as follows:

  • Feb 10   Application Opens 
  • March 12  Design Salon - Meet & Greet with Designers
  • May 29  Round 1 Applications Due
  • July 6   Round 2 Applications Due
  • August 10-12  Round 3 Jury Visit 
  • August 13   Winner Announced at Drinks x Design


Please note that there are three application rounds:

Round 1

Applicants submit a brief application sharing what they would do with a $20,000 Design Refresh grant using words to communicate their vision and how it would help to strengthen their business. Business owners will be asked to communicate how these changes will help their business be resilient and sustainable in the current situation. Applications may be prepared by the business owner or designer but must have input from the designer to ensure the proposal is feasible for the budget. Applications will be reviewed and scored by the 2020 Commerce Design Awards jury.

Round 2

Selected applicants will be invited to provide a more detailed proposal including sketches, mood boards, and images to communicate their vision visually. Applicants must also provide an estimated budgets, timeline, and other details that convey a clear and realistic proposal, as well as demonstrate financial solvency. Applications may be prepared by the business owner or designer but must have input from the designer to ensure the proposal is feasible for the budget. Applications will be reviewed and scored by the 2020 Commerce Design Awards jury.

Round 3

A limited number of finalists will be selected for in-person jury visits during the week of August 10. The winners will be announced during Drinks x Design on August 13. 



Terms and conditions

  • The grant funds are intended to cover the cost of design services and implementation for the proposed project at the proposed location. Funds may not be used at another location.
  • Funds must be spent within a one year period from the time the grant is awarded. Grantees must provide quarterly updates on progress to Design Core.
  • Any material changes to the proposed project scope or timeline must be communicated and approved by Design Core.
  • All funds will be paid by Design Core directly to the designer to cover the cost of design services and  implementation.
  • Business owners are expected to work with the designer who collaborated on preparing the application barring unforeseen circumstances. If the business owner believes it is necessary to change designers, they must contact Design Core to communicate the circumstances and justification for changing designers. Any new designer must be approved by Design Core. If a business owner switches designers mid-project, they are obligated to pay the first designer for their time and will not receive additional grant funds above and beyond the $20,000.00 award.

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design September 1st -30th. 


Volunteering for Design Core puts you in the middle of one of the country’s largest and most dynamic design experiences. Whether you’re a design enthusiasts or creative professional, there are opportunities for you to be a part of Detroit Month of Design while having a social impact. Complete this application and a member from our team will contact you. Applications to volunteer are open from Monday, February 10th and will close August 1st.   


Who is eligible to apply? Volunteer opportunities are open to the public. 


Volunteer opportunities includes the following: 

  • Promotion: Distribute maps, posters, and other promotional materials around the city and metro area leading up to the festival.
  • Décor: You can’t have a festival without a good vibe! We have been lucky to have many artists volunteer their time and skill to help create installations and experiences to add that extra je ne sais quoi to Detroit ‘s Month of Design happenings.
  • Day-of Team: Help execute day-of tasks like setting up, check-ins, tear down and more for larger events (Detroit’s Month of Design Kick-Off Party, Eastern Market After Dark, Commerce Awards Ceremony, Youth Design Days).
  • Information Guide: Assist attendees with suggestions or directions to Detroit’s Month of Design events.
  • Drinks x Design: Day-of assistance at our monthly Drinks x Design events.

 
Volunteers are needed at the following Design Core events:

  • Thursday, March 12th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, April 9th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, May 14th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, June 11th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, July 9th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, August 13th: Drinks x Design 
  • Thursday, September 10th: Design Bash
  • Thursday, September 17th: Eastern Market After Dark


About Detroit Month of Design The Detroit Month of Design is annual festival highlighting multi-disciplinary design practices throughout the city. This citywide celebration gathers designers, business owners, consumers and enthusiasts to honor and recognize Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The festival is an opportunity for makers and the greater community to experience the latest works and ideas by Detroit's top design talent.   


About Design Core Detroit

Design Core Detroit's mission is to establish Detroit as a recognized and valued world-class resource for creative talent by strengthening design-driven businesses. In addition to providing traditional business support services to design businesses, Design Core works to grow the market for Detroit design and works to position Detroit design as having unique value. Design Core is a department within College for Creative Studies. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core also serves as the convener and backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative. 


Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities. 


Email questions to: submissions@designcore.org


Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design September 1st -30th. 


Detroit Month of Design sponsorships offer marketing and social impact while aligning brands with Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design initiative. Design Core offers support and guidance to develop a custom program and deliverables to meet your business needs. Whether you’re launching a new product or looking to expand your market reach, we can help you amplify your message and put your brand in the middle of one of the country’s most dynamic creative experiences. For more  information contact Kiana Wenzell at kwenzell@designcore.org. 


Promotional Opportunities include but are not limited to: 

  • Printed items
  • Digital Promotion
  • Onsite Signage
  • Tabloid Sponsorship
  • Onsite Event Activations
  • Corporate Lounges
  • Speaking Opportunities
  • Food & Beverage Sponsorship
  • Music Sponsorship
  • Open Studio Sponsor


Media Metrics

  • 2019 Attendees: 45K 
  • Email Subscribers: 25K 
  • Instagram Followers: 11.2K 
  • Twitter Followers:: 13K 
  • Facebook Followers:: 12.4K 


2019 Highlights 

  • 65 pieces of local, national and international coverage 
  • 226K estimated coverage views 


About Detroit Month of Design 

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design in September. This citywide celebration of creativity gathers designers, consumers and enthusiasts to honor and recognize Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The festival is an opportunity for makers and the greater community to experience the latest works and ideas by Detroit's top designers. 


Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities.

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Drinks x Design and the Detroit Month of Design


Drinks x Design is Detroit's monthly marketplace for design talent and offers an opportunity for creative businesses throughout the city to open their doors and share their work with the public. Held in a new location on the second Thursday of every month from 5:30-8 p.m. the event allows attendees to meet new people, make connections, promote their creative endeavors and learn about other projects in their community. Event information is released one month before each event.

We are always looking for new spaces and talent to highlight. If interested in participating or opening your venue, kindly fill out this application for consideration. 


Who is eligible to apply? 

Submissions are open to the public. We place an emphasis on showcasing Detroit talent and venues but are open to submissions from regional, national and international designers and cultural institutions. 


Funding

Selected designers are only responsible for the creation, set-up and take down of their display. Design Core does not offer micro-grants. Projects can be featured in a table/booth style, which is easy to setup and take down, but that is not required. Banquet tables with black linen are typically provided if needed. We encourage partners to be as creative as possible within the limits of their staffing and budget capacity. 


2020 Drinks x Design dates and themes:

  • March 12th - Drinks x Design: Business
  • April 9th - Drinks x Design: Fashion & Accessories 
  • May 14th - Drinks x Design: Real Estate Development 
  • June 11th - Drinks x Design: Mobility 
  • July 9th - Drinks x Design: Product Design 
  • August 13th - Drinks x Design: Commerce Design Awards 
  • September - Drinks x Design: Design Bash  


Proposed Timeline (Subject to change) 

  • February - April: Selected designers + venues are notified. In addition, Design Core works to pair designers with relevant Drinks x Design themes and locations.


About Design Core Detroit

Design Core Detroit's mission is to establish Detroit as a recognized and valued world-class resource for creative talent by strengthening design-driven businesses. In addition to providing traditional business support services to design businesses, Design Core works to grow the market for Detroit design and works to position Detroit design as having unique value. Design Core is a department within College for Creative Studies. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core also serves as the convener and backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative. 

The Detroit Design Network (DDN) is a collaborative membership network of interdisciplinary designers and agencies founded to fulfill the creative needs of Michigan's business community. Initiated by Design Core Detroit in 2015, the Detroit Design Network operates as a design trade association providing members with exclusive business development opportunities, educational workshops, community events, and mentor engagement.

Detroit Design Network members are comprised of firms, agencies and freelancers that provide a diverse portfolio of design-based services.  Members can find meaningful support at each skill level and stage of their business journey - from emerging designers to experienced design firms.

The Basic member level is ideal for designers who need help establishing their business model, or are seeking an entry-point into Detroit's design scene.  

Upon acceptance into the network, annual membership dues of $60 will be required.

PLEASE FILL-OUT THE APPLICATION BELOW IN FULL. PARTIALLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

IT SHOULD TAKE APPROXIMATELY 25 - 45 MINUTES TO COMPLETE.

The Detroit Design Network (DDN) is a collaborative membership network of interdisciplinary designers and agencies founded to fulfill the creative needs of Michigan's business community. Initiated by Design Core Detroit in 2015, the Detroit Design Network operates as a design trade association providing members with exclusive business development opportunities, educational workshops, community events, and mentor engagement.

Detroit Design Network members are comprised of firms, agencies and freelancers that provide a diverse portfolio of design-based services.  Members can find meaningful support at each skill level and stage of their business journey - from emerging designers to experienced design firms.

The Plus member level is tailored to designers who can demonstrate excellence in both their craft and their business operations.  Applicants are reviewed by board of their peers, and are required to have:

  • a minimum of 3 years in market
  • 3 portfolio examples,
  • 3 professional references


Upon acceptance into the network, annual membership dues will be required.  Plus level membership dues are $300, and Premier level membership dues are $1,500.


PLEASE FILL-OUT THE APPLICATION BELOW IN FULL. PARTIALLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

IT SHOULD TAKE APPROXIMATELY 25 - 45 MINUTES TO COMPLETE.

Plus and Premier members of the Detroit Design Network are welcomed to share their industry expertise at one of five Design and Dine lunch lectures.   Designers can apply to develop and deliver a 50 minute lecture, program, or workshop.  The series aims to connect designers, share knowledge, and help attendees build a wide range of design-based skillsets.   


Topics can be on a variety of subjects.  Some key areas that members have expressed an interest in for future sessions include copywriting and content, business skills, graphic design, marketing, and more.


Proposal review:

Each proposal is reviewed for the following criteria:

  • Diversity of design disciplines
  • Interest and relevancy of the subject matter
  • A thoroughly developed proposal idea

Session agenda:

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm:   Registration and lunch
  • 12:00pm - 12:50pm:   Presentation
  • 12:50 - 1:00pm:   Q & A

Designers will...

  • prepare presentation curriculum
  • draft a program description and titles for promotion

Design Network staff will...

  • pay a $500 facilitator stipend
  • promote the lecture
  • manage registration
  • secure event space
  • order lunch

Session Schedule:

There will be five opportunities to present at a Design and Dine Lunch Lecture series.  The 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • April 18, 2019
  • June 20, 2019
  • August 22, 2019
  • October 24, 2019

Need some creative help solving your business challenge?
You’ve come to the right place.

Design Core Detroit is here to help businesses to grow with design.  Our Detroit Design Network is the easiest, most effective way to solve your business challenges. We’ve selected Detroit’s finest creatives and simplified the vendor process. You can simply submit your project to us, and get multiple bids from vetted, experienced, and reliable designers.  



Why use the Design Network?

  • Access to industry-vetted, experienced designers and firms in one place
  • Post one project, and receive multiple from qualified firms and freelancers
  • Easiest, quickest way to meet local designers and firms


How does this work?

First, you'll submit the intake form for your needs.  Once we receive your completed  information, we share it with the designers in our Detroit Design Network via our weekly member newsletter.  From here, the designers will directly respond to your main contact with their individual bids.

You can learn more about the process of working with a designer here, and view a sample RFP template here.  If you need additional support, please email Cydney Camp (ccamp@designcore.org) and Bonnie Fahoome (bfahoome@designcore.org). 

How can we help?

As we move through the COVID-19 crisis, Design Core Detroit is committed to making sure small businesses have the professional support necessary to reopen safely and successfully.  Professional creatives in our Detroit Design Network can help stabilize your business now, to be more competitive in the future. 

Designers can help you create friendly signage and way finding, configure your existing space to accommodate social distancing, create engaging content to attract and retain customers, and more.  


How does this work?

  1. Tell us what you need in this form.
  2. Design Core will share your needs with our member network of local design businesses and connect you to appropriate services.  Please note that it typically takes us 1-2 business days to process these requests. Staff may contact you for clarification. 
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