At Sappi, it’s our mission to harness the power of trees to help build a thriving world. It’s also important that we work with people and organizations who share our values to drive positive social impact. We’re looking for projects that create social impact benefiting people, communities and the planet while aligning with one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our online application process will provide opportunities to tell your story, share your creative ideas, build your budget and provide examples of your work—all through a streamlined online interface where you can set up your account and log in to update your information during the application period.
We know you have amazing work to share, so what are you waiting for? You have until July 11, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PT to submit your application.
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. Ideas that Matter is a global program and applicants from around the world are invited to participate.
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.
The project must connect to one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 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. The 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.
Sappi has made the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) an integral part of our business. The goals define 17 global priorities that challenge us all to lean in and apply our creativity and innovation to contribute solutions to challenges—from climate change to poverty.
Projects that address all social, environmental, healthcare, community, etc., issues will be considered and will, inevitably, fit into one of the UN’s 17 global priorities. In your application, we ask that you indicate how your grant project fits into these goals to ensure that our grant projects address the crucial needs of our communities and our world. Following are the UN’s SDGs for your consideration.
1. No Poverty
2. Zero Hunger
3. Good Health and Well-Being
4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
6. Clean Water and Sanitization
7. Affordable and Clean Energy
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
12. Responsible Consumption and Production
13. Climate Action
14. Life Below Water
15. Life on Land
16. Pease, Justice and Strong Institutions
17. Partnerships for the Goals
For more information about these goals, you can check the UN’s SDG site.
Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project. In addition to the hard costs of paper and packaging materials (please specify a Sappi product) and production, budget items may also include implementation and out-of-pocket costs, including photography, illustration, artists, writers, outside copyrighting, 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).
Sappi will not pay out grant amounts based on estimates—unless specifically discussed with the Ideas that Matter management. All expenses must be submitted by the project completion date which is six months from the date of the grant award.
Your application must include the following:
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Refer to our FAQ section with questions about your application or the process. To be inspired by the work of past winners, see videos featuring our design community and more at www.sappi.com/sappi-ideas-that-matter.