Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Design Work Grants Spring 2023

Apply for a Design Work Grant

Deadline: 1 March 2023 (inclusive)

Pro Helvetia accepts applications exclusively via its portal myprohelvetia



Helen Muggli
Design Specialist

Meet with us

Join us for an online information event on Monday 6 February at 17h CET
where our team will guide you through our Work Grants and where you will be able to address your questions.

RSVP here

Through its Design Work Grants, Pro Helvetia supports projects that demonstrate clear entrepreneurial objectives, originality, formal and design quality, feasibility, as well as sustainable benefits, a high degree of innovation and market understanding.
Applications are open to all areas of professional design practice, with the exception of interactive media.

The support measures are aligned to four stages in a project’s evolution from concept to market launch:

  • Concept development
  • Prototype development
  • Production
  • Project extension




Application conditions:
Applicants (designers or studios) must fulfill the following criteria:  

  • Funding measures are aimed at applicants who are either Swiss citizens or have permanent residence in Switzerland.
  • The applicant is also the principal idea generator.  
  • Applicants may submit projects up to seven years after graduation or within the first seven years after establishing a company (latest foundation date: 1 January 2016). 
  • The project is carried out according to professional standards.  
  • The project is highly innovative. 
  • The application must demonstrate a responsible design approach and an awareness of the impact on people and the environment.


Project submission:

  • The application deadline is Tuesday 1 March 2023 (inclusive)
  • Pro Helvetia accepts applications exclusively via myprohelvetia
  • No funding is awarded retrospectively. The corresponding project phase may be completed at the earliest four months after the application deadline.
  • Essentially, all documents must be submitted in English. If the applicant has no knowledge of English, he/she must provide a project summary (max. 1 A4 page) and may submit the documents either in German, French or Italian. The summary will be translated into English by Pro Helvetia for the jury process. 
  • Only one project may be submitted per funding stage. 
  • In the event of rejection, the same project may be resubmitted only once. 
  • The application must be complete and submitted on time.  

The guidelines for applicants : Design and the factsheet : Design Work Grants are available on Pro Helvetia’s website.
We look forward to receiving your application


Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal ( by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.