We are working to provide more details on this year’s program in the wake of the global pandemic. Stay tuned for any updates, and in the meantime, stay safe and write down those great ideas!
Previous program details below. Please note that these details may not apply to the 2020 program.
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.
All communication projects that support the needs of the nonprofit and meet the conditions and requirements of the Ideas that Matter program will be considered. At least a portion of the project must be printed. 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. You may not submit an application exclusively for reprinting an existing piece
Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project. Budget items may include implementation and out-of-pocket costs, including photography, illustration, artists, writers, outside copyrighting, paper (please specify a Sappi product), printing, mailing, advertising, distribution and website hosting. Budget items may not include indirect costs such as travel, hardware, fiscal sponsor fees or overhead elements, such as computers. staff salaries, accounting costs or rent.
You may also include up to 10% of the total grant request as an honorarium for your design fees. You must adjust your costs so the combination of the honorarium and all other costs do not exceed the $50,000 limit.
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).
Applications are reviewed by an annually selected, independent committee comprised of leaders in the design industry. 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. The decisions of the judges are final.
Your application must include the following:
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. Projects must be fully implemented within six months of receiving awards.
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.
Send your completed call for entry application form and supplementary materials to:
Ideas that Matter
Sappi North America
89 Cumberland Street
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Please enclose a self-addressed envelope if you wish any information to be returned.