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 to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.
The foundation invites applications from individuals for the creation and development of a project about architecture and the designed environment that contributes to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at a crucial or potentially transformative stage in their careers; supports their efforts to take positions, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate; and helps them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences. Overall, 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 Graham Foundation offers two types of grants: Production/Presentation Grants and Research/Development Grants.
1) Production/Presentation Grants: Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. Projects may include but are not limited to publications, exhibitions, installations, films, and new media projects.
2) Research/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.
To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 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.
The foundation will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry on July 15. LOIs must be received no later than September 15, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Graham Foundation website.