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2019-2020 Small Project Design (SPD) Knowledge Community Grant

Grant to a USA Nonprofit for Architectural
Assistance to Design Community Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Deadline Date:

01/10/20 5:00 PM PST


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Grant of up to $3,000 to a USA nonprofit organization for architectural assistance for impactful community projects. Funding is intended to support costs associated with feasibility studies and project design. The program aims to demonstrate the value of hiring an architecture firm that is a member of the national architects' organization to assist with the professional design of projects.

Community-based projects often struggle to find funding. Too often non-profits feel they can’t afford to hire a design team to help with their projects even though architects would provide immense value and can make the project more successful.

Along with supporting the work of non-profits, this program strives to help demonstrate the value of hiring an architecture firm (and AIA member) for community projects

Funds can only be used to cover the costs of hiring an architectural firm including their fees and reimbursable expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187381

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

The contract between the architecture team and the non-profit must be executed within 6 months of being awarded the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications for this grant may be submitted by a 501c(3) or by an AIA member in conjunction with a 501(c)3 organization.

- The design team must include at least one member of the American Institute of Architects. (Both AIA and Associate AIA members are eligible.)
- The non-profit partner must be a 501(c)3 organization

Pre-Application Information:

Submission deadline is January 10, 2020 at 5 pm PST

Matching funds (The non-profit organization must demonstrate that they have the funds to match the grant amount going towards design fees. Example: if the grant amount is $3000, the non-profit must show that they have another $3000 dedicated to the design fees in addition to the grant amount.)

Grantee(s) will be announced in March 2020.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Melissa Harlan

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