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Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals

Grants to USA Individuals for
Original Architecture Projects

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Graham Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/20 5:00 PM Central Time

Description:

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Grants to USA individuals for original architecture projects. Applicants must submit an inquiry form prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding may be used for the execution and actualization of a project, as well as for expenses related to research and development. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

The Foundation offers two types of grants to individuals: 

Production and Presentation Grants:

  • These grants assist individuals with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, and new media projects.
  • Projects must have clearly defined goals, work plans, budgets, and production and dissemination plans.
  • Committed Producers: Individuals applying for Production and Presentation Grants should have a Committed Producer(s) for the project, that is, an entity committed to producing and/or presenting the project with the individual, such as a publisher, exhibition venue, etc.

Research and Development Grants:

  • Though the majority of grantmaking focuses on Production and Presentation Grants, the Foundation recognizes that projects may require support at early stages of formation. Research and Development Grants assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. Projects must have clearly defined goals, work plans, and budgets.
  • Upon completion of research projects, recipients of Research and Development Grants must complete a research report and provide documentation that can be archived at the Graham Foundation and/or presented on the website.
  • A recipient of a Research and Development Grant is eligible to apply for a Production and Presentation Grant for the same project once the first grant has been satisfied, however, future funding is not guaranteed.

For individuals, the Foundation's priorities are to:

  • Provide opportunities to create, develop, and communicate a project about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in their careers.
  • Support their efforts to take positions, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate.
  • Help them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences.
  • Support new voices by giving priority to first-time applicants.

Overall the Foundation is most interested in opportunities to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172828

Estimated Size of Grant:

Production and Presentation Grants do not exceed $20,000 and are likely to be less.
Research and Development Grants do not exceed $10,000 and are likely to be less.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period:
- Production and Presentation Grants must be completed within two years.
- Research and Development Grants must be completed within one year.

Earliest project start date: June 1, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grantmaking focuses on individuals in the United States, however, the Foundation does make a small percentage of international grants. Please note that final projects must be disseminated in English.

Individuals are eligible to apply for Production and Presentation Grants and Research and Development Grants.

Collaborative projects by individuals are eligible for funding. A collaborator is defined as a co-author of the project. A collaborator is not a participant who is providing contracted services for the project.

Individuals working on independent projects who are required by their organizations to apply for and receive funding under the aegis of the organization (e.g., a faculty member of an academic institution) may use a fiscal agent.

Ineligible Costs:
- Endowment
- General operating expenses
- Capital projects
- Scholarship aid or work in pursuit of an academic degree (advanced doctoral candidates are eligible to apply for the Carter Manny Award)
- Work focused on K-12 curriculum or learning and/or intended for K-12 audiences
- Debt or expenses incurred prior to the date of the grant request

Pre-Application Information:

Calendar for 2021 Grants to Individuals cycle:
- Stage One/Inquiry Form available: July 15, 2020
- Stage One/Inquiry Form deadline: September 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Central Time
- Stage Two/Proposal Form notification: after December 15, 2020
- Grant decision notification: April 2021
- Earliest project start date: June 1, 2021

The Graham Foundation’s application is a two-stage process:
- Stage One/Inquiry Form: Eligible candidates interested in applying for a grant from the Graham Foundation must first submit an Inquiry Form. The Inquiry Form becomes available on the website with each grant cycle and must be submitted online.
- Stage Two/Proposal Form: After Inquiry Forms are reviewed, applicants whose projects best match the Foundation's priorities and interests are invited to submit a Proposal Form and supplementary materials. Applicants who are not invited to submit a Proposal Form are sent a decline letter at this stage. An invitation to submit a Proposal Form does not guarantee eventual funding.

Individuals may only apply for one grant per year.

Applicants who have received prior Graham Foundation support must have satisfied all grant requirements before applying again.

Grant Information: http://www.grahamfoundation.org/grant_programs

Contact Information:

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

Submit an inquiry online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_776?SA=SNA&FID=35214

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Telephone: 312.787.4071
info@grahamfoundation.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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