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Sappi North America opens submissions for 2021 ‘Ideas that Matter’

October 12, 2021  By PrintAction Staff

Sappi North America, a producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, opens its call for entries for the 2021 Ideas that Matter grant program. Established over 20 years ago, Ideas that Matter invites designers from around the world to show how print design can improve the lives of others.

This year, designers will be able to submit ideas that include paper packaging projects in addition to print and digital communications projects. Entrants are asked to align their submissions with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and focus on addressing social, environmental, healthcare and community issues.

“For over two decades through the Ideas that Matter program we’ve seen firsthand the power design has to make our communities stronger and our lives better. These grants have always funded critical projects that address timely societal issues,” said Patti Groh, director of communications, Sappi. “By restructuring the program this year to align with the UN’s SDGs we can ensure the projects we fund are going toward the greatest areas of global impact.”

Since 1999, Ideas that Matter has provided nearly $14 million to support over 500 projects that change lives, communities and, ultimately, the planet.

The call for Ideas that Matter submissions is open to individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 USD per project. Each application must include an IRS 501 (c) 3 letter or Canadian equivalent of the applicant’s nonprofit organization.

Entrants have until January 7, 2022 at 11:59p.m. PST to submit their application via the online portal. To learn more about Ideas that Matter, visit

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