Good ideas inspire people to take action, great ideas change the world. This belief has driven Sappi Fine Paper North America to conduct its annual “Ideas that Matter” grant program for the last 15 years. The program invites designers to showcase their creativity and skill as a transformative force for social benefit. Now, Sappi Fine Paper hasofficially announced its call for 2014 Ideas that Matter grant proposals.
The objective behind Sappi’s ideas generation program is to fund designers who apply their creative talent to promising social innovation ideas that address critical issues facing the world today. For the last 15 years, Sappi has been a first-hand witness to world-changing ideas as a part of the program. The company says that Ideas that Matter is a call to action for designers, agencies and students who are keen to make a deeper impact than just produce good design.
The proposals received under the program are assessed on creativity, potential effectiveness and practicality. An independent panel of judges, influential in the design industry, is selected each year to decide on the most promising proposals. In the paper industry, Ideas that Matter is the only grant program of its kind. Over the last decade and a half, Sappi has funded projects addressing social issues ranging from diversity to human rights campaigns to health and youth development. Over 500 programs have been funded for a total of more than $12 million globally in support of causes that change lives, and eventually, the world.
The call for Ideas that Matter submissions is open to individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups in North America. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 for each project. Each application is required to include an IRS 501 (c) 3 Letter or Canadian equivalent of the applicant’s nonprofit organization.
Applications for the 2014 program must be submitted and postmarked no later than July 11, 2014. Selection of ideas will take place in August, grants will be announced in September, and awards distributed in October. Projects must be fully implemented within six months of receiving awards. To obtain an entry form and for more information about Ideas that Matter, aspirants may visit www.sappi.com/ideasthatmatterNA or call 800-882-4332800-882-4332.
Source: 3BL Media
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