Supporting Community Partnerships

The Educator Grant supports college and university faculty that join forces with a community partner to implement a social impact design project with their class or with a student initiative outside class time. An initiative is a faculty-supervised extra-curricular project, which may be produced in conjunction with any organization such as Design for America, Architecture for Humanity, AIGA, IDSA, ASID, SEGD, etc.

Grants will be given in two categories (one grant of $5,000 for each category):
1. A grant for a new class or initiative.
2. A grant for an existing or ongoing class or initiative.

This grant aims to:
» Encourage educators to incorporate a social agenda into their curriculum and provide them with extra support.
» Encourage schools to work with community partners, which can increase the potential impact of students’ work.
» With the new class or initiative grant, incentivize educators that have not previously engaged their students with a socially conscious project to expand their teaching into the sector of social impact design.
» With the existing class or initiative grant, give recognition and support to an established social impact design class or initiative that has been in development for one or more semesters.
» Give students opportunities and experience in designing for social impact.


Check back in January, 2015 for information about the next deadline. Sign up for our mailing list to get the latest news about award opportunities and deadlines.


The 2014 deadline has now passed. Please check back for information about future opportunities.
The application must be submitted online through PitchBurner. You will need to create a login through PitchBurner. Download the Description & Questions document to preview the questions that will be on the online form.


The funds may be used for:
» Materials for the project implementation or prototyping (e.g. printing, construction materials, software, equipment, image or font licensing, food for an event, space rental, etc.).
» Services for the project implementation or prototyping (tech/web development, engineering, consultation, labor, etc.).
» travel or transportation.
» Research.
» An honorarium for educators (up to $1,000).


Educator applicants must submit:
» A grant application
» A resume
» Any additional materials that may help give the jury a better idea of your vision for the class or initiative (optional)


» Graduate or undergraduate courses are eligible.
» Domestic or international projects and applicants are eligible.
» Support may be requested for a semester long or ongoing course.
» Projects cannot be purely research-based.
» The 2014 Grant may be used for a class in the Fall of 2014 or the Spring or Summer of 2015.

Award winners will be required to:

» Submit a plan for measuring outcomes once the project or initiative is developed.
» Thoroughly document the development process, the project or initiative idea and implementation and the outcomes of the project—to be submitted to Design Ignites Change in the form of a mid-project report and a final-project report.

Help spread the word

Download the Educator Grant poster (either 11″×17″ or 8.5″×11″) and post in your school or studio!