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Sappi opens 2018 Ideas that Matter program

May 29, 2018  By PrintAction Staff

Sappi North America, a producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has announced the call for entries for its 2018 Ideas that Matter grant program, inviting designers to show the world how design – specifically print – can play an important role in changing lives for the better.

Sappi established the Ideas that Matter grant program 19 years ago to fund designers who apply their creative talents to causes that address significant issues facing our societ, saying it remains committed to the belief that good ideas inspire people to take action, and great ideas change the world.
“I am continually impressed by the amazing projects that are submitted each year. Over the course of the Ideas that Matter program, Sappi has financed more than 500 charitable programs designed to better our lives, our communities and our planet,” said Patti Groh, Director of Marketing Communications, Sappi North America. “From national nonprofits to local community initiatives, the breadth, quality and impact of projects we’ve supported have made a meaningful difference in people’s lives across the globe. We’re honoured to annually provide support for the work of designers and nonprofits who aim to drive social change through design.”
This year’s panel of judges include:
• Maurice Woods, Senior Experience Designer, Microsoft and Founder/Executive Director, Inneract Project
• Justin Ahrens, Principal and Creative Director, Rule29
• Jacinda Walker, Founder and Creative Director, designExplorr
• Terry Marks, Principal, tmarks
• Julia Zeltser, Creative Director and Principal, Hyperakt

Since 1999, the program has provided $13 million to help support various causes.
Ideas that Matter proposals are evaluated on creativity, potential effectiveness and practicality by an annually selected, independent panel of judges.


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 in North America. Grant awards range from US$5,000 to $50,000 per project. Each application must include an IRS 501 (c) 3 letter or Canadian equivalent of the applicant’s nonprofit organization.
Applications for the 2018 program must be submitted and postmarked no later than July 6, 2018. Judging takes place in August, grants are announced in September and awards are distributed in October.

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