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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Designers and Agencies to
Develop a Campaign to Assist a Nonprofit in Addressing Community Needs

Ideas that Matter Grant

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

01/14/22 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International designers and design agencies to partner with a nonprofit to develop a publicity campaign. Recipients will implement campaigns that help support the mission of the nonprofit and help the nonprofit solve a problem. Eligible projects 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. Cost of previously designed pieces which are to be reprinted as part of your new proposal may be included. 

Sappi has made the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) an integral part of its business. The goals define 17 global priorities that challenge people all to lean in and apply their creativity and innovation to contribute solutions to challenges—from climate change to poverty:

  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. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

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. 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181112

Number of Grants:

The number of proposals that receive funding vary per year, depending on the amount of funds the selected proposals have requested. The range of grants given tends to fall between 10 and 30 annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

All grant monies must be used within six months of receipt.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Eligibility requirements for the nonprofit organizations: The organization must be an IRS (or Canadian equivalent) recognized 501(c)(3) organization. The project must be intended to solve a problem and support the mission of the nonprofit organization. The nonprofit must endorse the project and support the concept, design and implementation plan.

Your proposal can address an overseas concern. However, the nonprofit that you are partnering with must have nonprofit status in North America.

You may not submit an application exclusively for reprinting an existing piece.

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.

Grant awards cannot be applied toward indirect costs such as travel, hardware, fiscal sponsor fees, or overhead elements such as computers, staff salaries, accounting costs or rent.

Sappi will not pay out grant amounts based on estimates—unless specifically discussed with the Ideas that Matter management.

Pre-Application Information:

You have until January 14, 2022 at 11:59p.m. PST to submit your application.

An independent panel of judges will evaluate each and every entry and grants will be announced by the end of September.

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).

Ideas that Matter grant recipients can apply as many times as they wish.

Multiple grant applications can be submitted for different projects. And, grant applications can be submitted for the same nonprofit organization by multiple design firms.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


For more information, contact: 800-882-4332 or

Sappi Europe SA
Glaverbel Building
166 Chaussée de la Hulpe
1170 Brussels

Tel +32 (0)2 676 9700

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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