World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024 and City of San Diego Award $550,000 to Organizations and Businesses to Uplift Community-Driven Design

WDC 2024 x SD City grant Recipients

SAN DIEGO – Today, the World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024 (WDC 2024) and the City of San Diego announced 17 organizations and businesses that will receive funding through the WDC 2024 Community-Driven Design Grants Program. This program was developed to support local organizations and businesses in delivering community-driven design activities that engage diverse communities across the city and align with the objectives and outcomes of WDC 2024.

Following an application submission process, the recipients were selected based on their activity alignment with one or more of WDC 2024 core focus areas, including Arts & Culture, Climate & Sustainability, Health & Wellbeing, Planning & Placemaking, Science & Technology, and Youth & Education.

“This grant program was designed to activate 366 days of design at the community level across our city.” said Jonathon Glus, Executive Director of the City’s Arts and Culture. “This was a highly competitive process, with nearly 120 applications, all of which demonstrated our region’s tremendous talents. Congratulations to the awardees who together showcase film, visual art, music, photography and more.”

The recipients are:

Receiving grants of $75,0000 each

Receiving grants of $25,000 each

Receiving grants of $10,000 each

The recipients demonstrate the use of humanity-centered design in their work and activities, which benefit youth and children in some way and offer unique engagement opportunities with stakeholders and audiences from both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana binational cultural and economic ecosystem. The grant activities will take place within the city of San Diego between March 15, 2024, and November 30, 2024.

“The WDC 2024 Community-Driven Design Grants Program was created to amplify the many ways San Diego’s design community is driving innovation in our region,” said Mai Nguyen, Board Chair of WDC 2024 and Director of UC San Diego Design Lab. “The programming planned by each organization will further redefine our city’s landscape, designing a bold, transformative future together. WDC 2024 was made possible due to the many creative organizations and community members that ignite San Diego’s creativity and supercharge design-led solutions.”

The grant program is a partnership of WDC 2024 and the City of San Diego, and funding for the grant program is made possible by the City of San Diego.

For more information about WDC 2024 and these grant recipients, please visit


About World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024

The World Design Capital® (WDC) is designated every two years by the World Design Organization® (WDO) to recognize a city’s innovative and effective use of design to strengthen economic, social, cultural and environmental development. Through a year-long program of design-related events, WDC provides a platform to showcase best practices in design-led policy and innovation, increase civic engagement, and attract business and tourism.

The selection of the San Diego Tijuana joint bid makes it the first cross-border World Design Capital in history. While the designation is for both cities as one connected community, San Diego is the first U.S. city ever to receive the designation. Tijuana is the second city in Mexico to hold the title, following Mexico City in 2018. The region’s winning bid reflects the collective efforts of founding partners UC San Diego Design Lab, Design Forward Alliance, Burnham Center for Community Advancement, City of San Diego and City of Tijuana, and numerous community supporters. More information about World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024 is available at

About the City of San Diego

The City of San Diego advances and drives an equitable and inclusive creative economy and cultural ecosystem by investing in the work of artists and creatives and the institutions and systems that amplify creative work and experiences, cultivating local participation and access and advancing San Diego as a global city. With that commitment in mind, the City of San Diego is a lead partner for World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024. To learn more, visit