Sappi Ideas that Matter 2013

Submitted by: Phil Riebel 07/09/2013

Organized by Sappi Fine Paper North America, Ideas that Matter is an annual, innovative grant program that supports and transforms the creative ideas of designers into a powerful force for social good.


Dexigner -
July 6, 2013

Organized by Sappi Fine Paper North America, Ideas that Matter is an annual, innovative grant program that supports and transforms the creative ideas of designers into a powerful force for social good. Ideas that Matter remains the only grant program of its kind in the industry. Since 1999, Sappi has funded over 500 nonprofit projects, contributing more than $12 million worldwide to causes that enhance our lives, our communities and our planet in ways that add unique value and have measurable impact.

Since the program's inception, Ideas that Matter funded projects have addressed every imaginable societal issue from diversity and human rights campaigns to projects that focus on health and youth development.

Each project concept and design entry to Ideas that Matter is evaluated on creativity, potential effectiveness and practicality of the implementation plan by an annually selected, independent panel of judges comprised of leaders and influencers in the design industry.

Individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups can apply for an Ideas that Matter grant.

The designer or the nonprofit must be based in North America. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project.

At least a portion of the project must be printed, though additional elements may include a variety of communication mediums. And, for the first time in 2013, proposals may include up to 10% of the total budget as an honorarium for the applying designer or design firm.

The deadline for proposals is July 19, 2013. The winners will be announced in September 2013.