Sappi calls for entries for its 2018 Ideas that Matter Grant Program

Sappi North America, a leading 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 Ideas that Matter 19 years ago to fund designers who apply their creative talents to causes that address significant issues facing our society. “For nearly two decades, Sappi has witnessed firsthand how the creative and integrated work of designers can change society,” said the company. “Sappi remains committed to the belief that good ideas inspire people to take action, and great ideas change the world. Though many media choices are available, print is at the heart of influential and effective messaging and a perfect complement to promote positive social causes.”

Patti Groh.
Patti Groh.

“I’m 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 at Sappi North America. “From national non-profits 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 non-profits who aim to drive social change through design.”

Selection criteria, how to enter and deadline. Ideas that Matter proposals are evaluated on creativity, potential effectiveness and practicality by an annually selected, independent panel of judges who are influential leaders in the design industry. The call for submissions is open to individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups. Only applicants in North America may apply. 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 non-profit organization. Applications for the 2018 program must be submitted and postmarked no later than Friday, July 6, 2018. Judging takes place in August, grants are announced in September, and awards are distributed in October. To obtain an entry form, or for more information on the Ideas that Matter Grant Program, please visit




Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.