Grant Opportunities

Graham Foundation offering Grants to Organizations in United States

Graham Foundation offering Grants to Organizations in United States

Deadline: 25 February 2020

The Graham Foundation is seeking applications for its Grants to Organizations in United States.

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For organizations, the Foundation priorities is to:

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  • Assist with the production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the designed environment in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop new and wider audiences;
  • Support them in their effort to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation;
  • Recognize the vital role they play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work;
  • Help them to realize projects that would otherwise not be possible without the Foundation support;

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.

Grant Types

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The Graham Foundation offers Production and Presentation Grants to organizations;

  • These grants assist organizations 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, new media projects, conferences/lectures, and other public programs;
  • Projects must have clearly defined goals, work plans, budgets, and production and dissemination plans.
  • Applications for Publication Support: Unless the applicant is a publisher, an organization applying for publication support should have a committed publisher for the work, that is, a publisher with whom you have a contractual agreement to publish your project.
  • Grant amount: Production and Presentation Grants to organizations do not exceed $30,000 and are likely to be much less. Given the demand for funding, the Graham Foundation is not always able to fund grantees at the full request amount.
  • Grant period: Production and Presentation Grants must be completed within two years of the project start date. Applicants should allow sufficient time to plan, implement, close out their project, and, if funded, acknowledge Graham Foundation support in all published media.

Eligibility Criteria

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The Foundation grant making focuses on organizations in the United States, however, they do make a small percentage of international grants.

  • Organizations are eligible to apply for Production and Presentation Grants;
  • 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations are eligible for funding. Under some circumstances  the Foundation will make grants to other entities when there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served, for example, in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax exempt status;
  • An organization or academic department/unit may only apply for one grant per year. (In the case of large institutions with multiple departments, a subsidiary department/unit may apply for one grant per year. For example, an academic department/unit at a university may apply for one grant per year;
  • Applicants who have received prior Graham Foundation support must have satisfied all grant requirements before applying again.

Criteria for Evaluation

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Given priorities, the Foundation 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.

Ineligible Costs

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  • 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.

How to Apply

The Graham Foundation’s application for Grants to Organizations is a one-stage process. Organizations with eligible projects are invited to apply for funding consideration. The review is a very competitive process, as the Foundation receive many more applications than they are able to fund. Funding decisions are based on:

  • Priority of the proposed project as related to the Foundation mission and interests;
  • The project’s fulfillment of the Foundation criteria for evaluation;
  • Availability of Graham Foundation funds.

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

All Candidates interested in applying for a grant from the Graham Foundation must submit an application online via given website.

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