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Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals

Grants to USA Individuals for Career and
Project Development in the Field of Architecture

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Graham Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 5:00 PM CT

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to USA individuals for career and project development in the field of architecture. Funding may be used for production costs related to the creation of innovative architecture projects or as seed money toward research costs. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

The Graham Foundation offers two types of grants to individuals: Production and Presentation Grants and Research and Development Grants. 

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.

Research and Development Grants: Research and Development Grants assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs.

For more information on Grant Types, see URL for Full Text (RFP).

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 which enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career.

Project criteria:

  • Originality: the project demonstrates an innovative, challenging idea; critical, independent thinking; advanced scholarship; a new or experimental approach
  • Potential for impact: the project makes a meaningful contribution to discourse and/or to the field; expands knowledge; is a catalyst for future inquiry; raises awareness of an understudied issue; promotes diversity in subject matter, participants, and audience
  • Feasibility: the project has clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget
  • Capacity: applicant possesses strong qualifications and/or knowledge; demonstrates ability to carry out the project successfully; has access to necessary resources outside of the grant request

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172828

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Production and Presentation Grants to individuals do not exceed $20,000 and are likely to be less. Given the demand for funding, the Graham Foundation is not always able to fund projects at the full request amount.
- Research and Development Grants do not exceed $10,000 and are likely to be less. Given the demand for funding, the Graham Foundation is not always able to fund grantees at the full request amount.

Term of Contract:

- 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, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grantmaking focuses on individuals in the United States, however, the Foundation does make a small percentage of international grants. Please note the Foundation requires that final projects 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 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.
- 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 grant request

Pre-Application Information:

Stage One/Inquiry Form available: July 15, 2021
Stage One/Inquiry Form deadline: September 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Central Time
Earliest project start date: June 1, 2022

The Graham Foundation’s application is a two-stage process and is open submission.

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 Foundation's 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. Please note that the Foundation cannot accept proposals other than those invited.

Contact Information:

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

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

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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