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Ideas that Matter Grant

Grants to USA and Canada Designers and Agencies
to Develop a Publicity Campaign with a Nonprofit

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sappi North America

Deadline Date:

07/31/19 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to USA and Canada designers and design agencies to partner with a nonprofit to develop a publicity campaign. Recipient organizations will implement campaigns that effectively communicate the needs and concerns of the community they serve. At least a portion of the grant must be used for printed communications materials.

Additional elements may include a variety of communication mediums such as outdoor signage, t-shirts, banner advertising, print advertising, websites, html campaigns, events or other media. Cost of previously designed pieces which are to be reprinted as part of your new proposal may be included.

Grant awards may be used for implementation and out-of-pocket costs including photography, illustration, artists, writers, outside copywriting, paper (please specify a Sappi product), printing, mailing, advertising, distribution, and website hosting for the selected project as well as a design honorarium for up to 10% of the total value of the grant request. You must adjust your costs so the combination of the honorarium and all other costs do not exceed the $50,000 limit.

Sappi reserves the right to publish and promote the completed work made possible by the Ideas that Matter grant. Grant recipients may also be asked to participate in Sappi educational seminars and conferences, or to share their programs with others in the graphic arts community. Sappi reserves the right to reproduce any design submissions, along with pertinent case histories, in materials produced to promote and support the Ideas that Matter program.

Evaluation of project concepts and design will be based on creativity, potential benefit for the nonprofit, impact on the nonprofit’s target community, and effectiveness of the implementation plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181112

Number of Grants:

The number of proposals that receive funding vary per year, depending on the amount of funds the selected proposals have requested. The range of grants given tends to fall between 10 and 30 annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

All grant monies must be used within six months of receipt.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Ideas that Matter is open to individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups. Only applicants in North America may apply to this program.

Eligibility requirements for the nonprofit organizations: The organization must be an IRS (or Canadian equivalent) recognized 501(c)(3) organization. The project must be intended to solve a problem and support the mission of the nonprofit organization. The nonprofit must endorse the project and support the concept, design and implementation plan.

Your proposal can address an overseas concern. However, the nonprofit that you are partnering with must have nonprofit status in North America.

You may not submit an application exclusively for reprinting an existing piece.

Grant awards cannot be applied toward indirect costs such as travel, hardware, fiscal sponsor fees, or overhead elements such as computers, staff salaries, accounting costs or rent.

Sappi employees and family members and agencies conducting business with the company are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Ideas that Matter is an annual program. Call for Entries is announced every year in early April. Applications for the 2019 program must be submitted and postmarked no later than July 31, 2019.

Judging takes place in August, grants are announced in September, and awards distributed in October.

Grants are paid as expenses against a purchase order and not paid out as a lump sum. As expenses for the project are incurred, either the designer or the nonprofit (whichever is associated with the assigned PO) must submit a request for payment on official letterhead along with the supporting invoice(s).


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send your completed call for entry application form and supplementary materials to:

Ideas that Matter
Sappi North America
89 Cumberland Street
Westbrook, Maine 04092


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