Sappi: Ideas that Matter

Ideas that Matter is an annual, innovative grant program that provides financial support to produce the creative ideas of designers working for social good. Since commencing the program in 1999, Sappi has awarded more than $12 million in grants worldwide to designers who are performing pro-bono work for non-profit organizations. Grants support projects designed to enhance lives and positively impact society across a wide range of issues, reflecting concerns and needs of the communities that designers live in and care about most.

Individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups, who are performing pro-bono work for a non-profit organization can apply for the Ideas that Matter grant. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project and may be used to cover implementation and out-of-pocket costs.

Applications for this year’s Ideas that Matter program must be postmarked by July 20, 2012. The winners will be announced in September 2012. To obtain an entry form and for more information about Ideas that Matter, visit or call 800-882-4332.

Published May 29, 2012