Design can be impactful. Design can change.
Individuals can make a difference. – John Chuang, CEO of AQUENT, LLC


Aquent Design Grants for Public Service

As the first—and largest—marketing and creative staffing company, we’ve witnessed firsthand how great design, and great designers, can help business thrive.

Design inspires. It ignites conversation. It transforms how we view the world… and can inspire us to make it better.

Aquent’s Design for Good program empowers five designers to help elevate the nonprofit of their choice by giving each a $5000 design grant.

Submit your video to apply and make a difference today.


Create a brief video to let us know about your cause and how you would use design to help it gain more visibility. Ideas include:

  • Build an online campaign to fight child hunger
  • Produce videos to help a dog shelter
  • Teach a design enrichment class at a local school
  • Design a better website for a food bank
  • Teach the basics of coding to at-risk teens

A panel of judges will choose among the video submissions and award $5,000 to the top five entries.

Video Submission Guidelines:

  • Speak on behalf of the deserving nonprofit
  • Explain how your design work will create an impact for the charity
  • Videos should be less than 90 seconds
  • Submit Vimeo or YouTube links only
  • Videos must be in English

Submissions are open through January 20, 2017. Winners will be announced February 20, 2017.

Video Application Advice

Wondering what we’re looking for in your 90 second video application?
Monica gives you advice in the video below on what to include.
Overall, your design idea will be judged on impact, creativity, and feasibility.


Join this group of passionate designers to elevate a good cause, warm a heart, and help make a difference.

View the Entry Gallery

Meet the Judges

Ben Keenan
Sue Hornsby
Creative Director at NSPCC
Jason Pamental
Senior Director of Design & Technical Strategy at Isovera
Steph Hay
Head of Content Strategy, Culture, and AI Design
Carla Silvey
Product Management Director | UX Design Leader
Judge Bios


Your video will be judged on your design idea’s impact, creativity, and feasibility.

Yes, you will need permission from the organization or charity first. Providing written approval is not necessary prior to submitting your video, but please be prepared to furnish it quickly if you are selected as a finalist.

You don’t! We believe great ideas can come from anywhere, but please communicate the details of your design idea and who will be executing the work (that is, designer, developer, copywriter, etc).

The organization will receive the money directly. Grant funds will be used to hire you and/or who you suggest to execute the design work.

If a charity or nonprofit has not yet been established, funds will be allocated to the designer or design team.

No, it will be 5,000 in the currency of where the nonprofit is located.

Find a designer to team up with, craft your design idea and the designer submits a 90-second video on your behalf. Need more guidance? Fill out the below and we'll email more details.

Do you have a question about the design grants program not answered here? Let us know below and we'll get back to you with an answer!