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Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals

Grants to USA Individuals for the
Development of Architecture Projects

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Graham Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/18 5:00 PM CT


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to USA individuals to support the development of architectural projects. Funding is intended to help execute a project, as well as provide seed money for projects in the early stages of development.

The 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.
- 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 our grantmaking focuses on Production and Presentation Grants, we recognize 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.

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

Given the Foundation's priorities, the Foudation believes projects of the greatest potential should fulfill the following 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.

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 projects 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation's grantmaking focuses on individuals in the United States, however, the Foundation does make a small percentage of international grants.

Grants to Individuals:
- 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.

Fiscal Agent:
The Graham Foundation does not require individuals to have a fiscal agent. However, in the event that an organization requires an individual employee working on an independent project to apply for and receive funding under the aegis of the organization (e.g., a faculty member of an academic institution), the organization may serve as a fiscal agent. Individuals that require a fiscal agent must follow all guidelines, eligibility requirements, and deadlines for Grants to Individuals. Applicants must indicate on the Inquiry Form that they have a fiscal agent.

Ineligible Costs:
- Endowment
- General operating expenses
- Capital projects
- Scholarship aid or work in pursuit of an academic degree
- 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:

Calendar for 2019 Grants to Individuals cycle
- Stage One/Inquiry Form deadline: September 15, 2018, 5pm Central Time
- Stage Two/Proposal Form notification: after December 15, 2018
- Grant decision notification: April 2019
- Earliest project start date: June 1, 2019

The Graham Foundation’s application is a two-stage process and is open submission. The review is a very competitive process as the Foundation receives many more applications than the Foundation is able to fund.

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.

Award Decision: Funding recommendations are presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration. If a grant is awarded to an applicant, the applicant will be asked to sign a grant agreement that outlines the conditions of the grant, such as annual reporting.

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.

Contact Information:

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

The Inquiry Form will become available online July 15, 2018.

Carolyn Kelly, Grants Manager

James Pike, Grants Project Manager

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Telephone: 312.787.4071

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