Sappi – Ideas that Matter 2013

Deadline: July 19, 2013
Sappi Ideas that Matter Grant Program

Good design inspires people to take action.
Great ideas change the world.
14 years of giving.
Over 500 programs funded.
Over $12 million in support.
Submit an Idea that Matters by July 19, 2013.
Because there is still work to be done.

More than a decade ago Sappi Fine Paper North America— the maker of McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo — established the Ideas that Matter grant program to recognize and support designers who use their skills and expertise to solve communications problems for a wide range of charitable activities in North America.

All communication projects that support the needs of a nonprofit and meet the conditions and requirements of the Ideas that Matter program will be considered. 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 such as outdoor signage, t-shirts, banner advertising, print advertising, websites, html campaigns, or other media. And, for the first time in 2013, proposals may include up to 10% of the total budget as an honorarium designer fees.

Applications are reviewed by an annually selected, independent committee comprised of leaders in the design industry. Judges for the 2013 program include: Bill Drenttel, President of Winterhouse Institute based in Connecticut; Erin Huizenga, Director of New Business Development at Remedy in Chicago; Jennifer Kinon, Founding Partner at Original Champions of Design/OCD based in New York City; Michael Lejeune, Creative Director at Metro in Los Angeles; Alissa Walker, freelance design writer in Los Angeles. Evaluation of projects is based on creativity, potential benefit for the nonprofit, impact on the nonprofit’s target community, and effectiveness of the implementation plan.

To learn more about the program and to apply for a grant visit

Published May 13, 2013