About the Contest

Design for a Difference is an interior design contest that will give the winning designer(s) the unique opportunity to makeover a space for a local charity and make a positive impact on their community.

Unlike some design competitions, Design for a Difference is free and easy to enter. The entry is based on your idea and vision for the charity, not a completed design project. Simply meet with your selected charity and discuss with them the space and how your design will benefit those who use it.

The Prizes

Grand Prize Winner

  • Win $25,000 (in retail goods and services) for their nominated charity’s makeover.
  • Collaborate and cohost with celebrity designer Mark Brunetz in a professionally produced video of the makeover process.
  • Recognition in local and national media and marketing campaigns.

Four Regional Winners

  • $2,000 in goods and services to jumpstart their nominated charity’s makeover.
  • An all-expense paid trip to the Grand Prize city to be a member of the design team.
  • Recognition in IDG media and marketing.
  • Open to residents of the United States and Canada
West AK, HI, CA, WA. OR, UT, ID, NV, AZ, MT, WY
Midwest CO, NM, WI, IL, TX, OK, KS, NE, ND, SD, MN, IA, MO, AR
South Central DE, MD, WV, KY, VA, TN, MS, MI, IN, OH, AL, LA, GA,FL, NC, SC
Northeast ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA
All Canadian Provinces


The 2014 Design for a Difference contest has ended.
Please check back on August 1 2014 for the announcement of the winners.
Thank you.

Contest Rules

Our Purpose

In 2013, Design for a Difference launched with the goal of providing designers an opportunity to express their talents for the good of those in need with their communities.

Our hope was to inspire designers to reach out and make a difference in their community and they are doing just that.

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We’d love to hear how you are designing for a difference in your community. Please send your stories, photos and videos.

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