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

Design Work Grants: Selected Projects Spring 23

Design Work Grants

The deadline for the next Design Work Grants is 1 September 2023. Please apply via calls page

The full guidelines for applicants for Design are available on Pro Helvetia’s webpage

Within the framework of its Spring 2023 Design Work Grants, Pro Helvetia has selected eleven projects for concept development, prototype development, production or project extension funding.

What particularly impressed the jury about this edition of the Work Grants Design was the inclusion of many projects from underrepresented sectors, i.e. projects developed for care homes or unpopular spaces in need of design. These projects are encouraging examples of responsible designers who invest in meaningful research and projects, thus making a difference. The projects supported are very qualitative, well-crafted and defined with a clear vision, innovation and purpose, carried out by dedicated designers.

The awarded projects are:

Concept development funding

Prototype development funding

Production funding

  • Akuto Studio «Chord Machine AKT-0.1»
  • Berninox SA «The Swiss toothbrush for life»
  • Swiss Leather Goods Company AG «Brazier – Contemporary men’s accessories»

Project extension funding

  • Dojo Tech AG «Dojo. The future of storytelling is a stick»

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.