2021 Boost Grant

AIGA Chicago will be accepting applications and proposals beginning October 1st, 2021. 

AIGA Chicago is committed to creating opportunities and support for design students to engage with the broader community. For 2021 the chapter is offering one Boost Grant of up to $500 for a Chicago chapter student group. 

Student groups are invited to submit proposals for how they plan to use the funds. This could be in support of senior shows, producing publications, or projects that employ design in meaningful, community-oriented ways—whether it’s exposing budding student talent to the Chicago professional sector, or fostering social change through design. Past recipients have applied funds from the Boost Grant towards design projects that benefited community outreach initiatives and non-profit educational organizations, or to organize workshops on design for social impact.

Eligibility, Requirements & Stipulations:

AIGA Chicago will accept submissions from any active student group affiliated with the Chicago chapter of AIGA.

The selected project must be completed (printed, published, or otherwise made public), and a documented case study must be turned into AIGA Chicago before August 1st, 2022.

Representatives from the selected student group will be asked to present on the project at the AIGA Chicago September 2021 Board Meeting. 

If you are a grant recipient, AIGA Chicago will ask that you share the results of your work via images, text, and presentations to the board. The process of the project will be documented on social media.

Apply Now

  • Complete the application before December 1st, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
  • Create a single PDF (no larger than 10mb) containing visuals that help convey the context of your project. Label all images with title, author, media, and date. In your file, please also include your school, faculty advisor, student group leader, and contact details for both. Submit this file via email by December 1st, 2021 at 11:59 pm to Kelli Evans, evans@chicago.aiga.org

Important Dates
Applications Open: October 1st, 2021
Application & Proposal Due: December 1st, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
Grant Recipient Announced: January 2022
Proposals will be judged by a committee of judges.

By AIGA Chicago
Published October 17, 2019
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