The design watchdog is in talks with the communities department on how its elite design-review panel and enabling services can carry on.
CABE guidance, in contrast, is faring brilliantly. Manual for Streets 2, for example, sold out within a week of publication, prompting a second print run.
A representative said: "DCLG is still interested in using some of our services, so there are high-level conversations to figure that out.
"Obviously Pickles does not want to add to his list of quangos: the exercise was to reduce them in number. But they may be able to access different CABE services.
"We are all on 30-day notices," said the representative, adding CABE initially passed the test on whether to be axed or not but was later deemed not a funding priority."
The government published its list of which quangos would survive and which would go a few days before the spending review. CABE survived that cull.
A week later both culture and communities department said they were pulling funding, totalling around £10m.
"It seems we passed the test," said the CABE representative, "only for them to move the goal posts."