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Financial Support Available for Emerging Designers

Featured: Sketch Seattle – an SDF 2023 Pop-Up Experience that was awarded funding.

Funding support is available for Non-Profit/Emerging Designer submitters. This funding reflects our commitment to keeping the Festival accessible to all, not only designers and their firms, but also community groups, emerging professionals, nonprofit organizations, and students. What does this support look like?


To support our community, we waive the submission fee for non-profits and emerging designers. Submission fees can range from $150-$750. We recognize that this can be a barrier for many members of our community.

Why do we charge a submission fee? We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and proposal fees from our for-profit partners support our commitment to successfully promote and sustain the Festival and ensures it is free and/or affordable to everyone.


Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors, the Seattle Design Festival is able to offer modest financial support to non-profit and emerging Festival partners who require additional financial support. All non-profit and emerging partners are able to apply for these funds, which are extending in addition to their waived submission fee. Successful applicants demonstrate how their proposal will engage youth in the design process, leverage co-design and improve the community engagement process, and inspire action with lasting impact.

“Ultimately, funding support would allow this proposal to offer members of the community a candid opportunity to empower, encourage, and lift one another up after the hardships we’ve all endured.”

“This funding will make a huge difference for us, as we provide creative engagement for kids regardless of their ability to pay, while still paying our staff and teaching artists a fair wage.”

“This being our first time applying to the Seattle Design Festival, we’ll be needing all the help we can get. Thank you for taking our proposal into consideration, we are so excited to see how SDF turns out this year!”


2021+ 2022

Coyote Central | Build a Community Sculpture with Coyote! Printmaking with Coyote! Bridge the Gap


The Vera Project | Music Stage by Vera



ARCADE | DoD: Dialogue on Design

Architects Without Borders Seattle | Communication Unmasked

Natalie Hodson and Atulya Chaganty | Monophases

Latinx in Architecture | Latinx Placemaking in Seattle

Isabella Ceriale, Isabella Gaule, Sophia Johnson, Peyton Todd, Charmaine Yabut | Hello World!

ecoTHRIVE Housing | What do you need to THRIVE?

UW NOMAS | Person | Person

Sophie Kim | Dear Friend,

Seattle Architecture Foundation | Build Your Best Seattle

Seattle Happy Places | Seattle Happy Hunts

Taylor Yingshi | Plein Air Painting Demonstration

Interior Architecture Grads + Students- Cornish College of the Arts | EMERGENT COMMUNITY


University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture | Future. Food. Forest. Radical Landscapes for Uncertain Times

Sophia Johnson, Camille Miller, Carly Crooks | Labyrinth

Barehandedart |Ripple Effect

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) | The Building Blocks of Community

Cassidy Forler, Jack Hyland, Colin Veilleux, Qianyi Zhang | Glimpse

ecoTHRIVE Housing | Building a Resilient Village: A Collaborative Design Swarm

KT Hancock & Kelsey Fernkopf | HOTHOUSE

Doe Stahr | Cultural Kaleidoscope

Seattle Fireboat Duwamish | Sign of the Times & Seattle Fireboat Duwamish – Through the eyes of the past

University of Washington Department of Architecture and AIA Seattle Comprehensive Plan Work Group | One Seattle: Re-establishing housing diversity in Seattle’s neighborhoods

Kurt Koegel | Exploring the Body of Connection

Seattle Happy Places | Degrees of Separation // Chains of Connection

Puget Sound Maritime | Sink or Sail: Toy Boat Design Challenge

Not Entirely Dead | A career gap caused by cancer is the elephant in the room.



Cornish College of the Arts | Piano Play

Paige Madden | Face to Face

Bellwether Housing | Out of this Universe

Wa Na Wari, Yirim Seck, and Architects Without Borders Seattle | Story Boards

Madalyn Asker, Jacob Peel, Aubrey Moore | UnEarthed

After Hours Design Collaborative | D.I.T

DXARTS Collective | Collaborative Pillars

Studio Waah | Are we even looking?

Jojo & Gee | Sketch Seattle

Picnic Seminar, Coco Allred, Faith Shields, Jelle van Bouwhorst | Picnic Seminar

Sarah Burk and Galen Drew | Ask Alessandra: a Tarot Teller

Slow Tech Studio | Small Talk

Iraqi Arab Health Board | What is in my LUNGS?

Seattle Made | Design Jam

Oliver Norred | Out of Hand: An Imprecise MIDI Controller

Kadambari Mathur | Play, resist, make: Stories that connect.

American Institute of Architects Committee on Homelessness, HouseOurNeighbors!, and RealChange |  Social Housing Developer: A Call to Action

Curious Publishing | Curious Publishing Presents: Archiving People and Place Through Printed Ephemera

Ziyuan ‘Zoey’ Zhu, Unwanted Project | Unwanted Project: intentionally climate consciousness with creative upcycling

City of Seattle, Office of Planning & Community Development | What We Need to Thrive in a Future Seattle Downtown

Michael Clyburn and Doe Stahr   | Tokitae, and Lady Justice Parade Puppets