Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs designed to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.
To that end, the foundation is inviting grant applications from individuals for projects focused on architecture and the designed environment that also contribute to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at a crucial or potentially transformative stage of their careers; supports their efforts to take a position, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate; and helps them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences. The foundation is most interested in opportunities that enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career.
The foundation offers two types of grants for individuals: Production and Presentation Grants and Research and Development Grants.
1) Production and Presentation Grants: Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with the production-related expenses necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include but are not limited to publications, exhibitions, installations, films, and new media projects.
2) Research and Development Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. A recipient of a Research and Development Grant is eligible to apply for a Production and Presentation Grant for the same project once the first grant has been satisfied; however, future funding is not guaranteed.
Projects with the greatest potential for funding should demonstrate an innovative, challenging idea; critical, independent thinking; advanced scholarship; and/or a new or experimental approach; the potential for impact; and clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget. In addition, applicants must possess strong qualifications and/or knowledge; be able to demonstrate the ability to carry out the project successfully; and have access to necessary resources beyond the funding supplied by the grant.
The foundation will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry on July 15. LOIs must be received no later than September 15, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete application.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Graham Foundation website.