Call for Ideas: Independent Projects
Wednesday February 13, 2019 – Thursday March 28, 2019
Totora Reed Floating Islands of the Uros, Peru. Enrique Castro-Mendivil / @castromendivilphoto. From Ancient Innovations, Julia Watson, 2018.
This year, Storefront will sponsor twenty independent architecture and design projects through NYSCA.
WHAT IS THE GRANT?
The Architecture + Design Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) awards project grants for individuals or teams through its Independent Projects category. These grants, of up to $10,000, are awarded to architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, fashion designers, industrial designers, and interior designers to “creatively explore or research an issue or problem in the design, planning, and/or historic preservation fields that advances the field and contributes to the public’s understanding of the built environment.”
NYSCA seeks projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize the artistry of design excellence. Projects may lead to the creation of design prototypes, explore new technology that impacts design, research a topic in design or architectural history, or engage in critical or theoretical analyses.
Storefront will sponsor up to 20 projects for the 2020 calendar year. Priority will be given to applications that align with Storefront’s organizational mission to advance innovative and critical positions that go beyond disciplinary and ideological boundaries.
Learn more about the program here, and read about NYSCA’s FY2020 guidelines here.
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Complete the initial application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “NYSCA Independent Project Application Request” no later than 6 pm on Friday, March 1st, 2019.
- If you are selected as one of the 20 projects sponsored by Storefront, you will be asked to submit a full project proposal to Storefront for Art and Architecture no later than 6 pm on Friday, March 22nd.
- Additional application materials may be required in order to complete the submission. All additional materials must be received no later than 4pm on March 26th, 2019.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
Grants are for individuals or groups, and applicants must be New York State residents at the time of application and while the project is being implemented. Student and faculty work that serves as part of a course curriculum is ineligible. Projects submitted by current students or faculty must demonstrate that the work was not part of a course curriculum. Note that individuals or teams may not apply for another NYSCA project with another team or with another fiscal sponsor organization. If individuals appear on more than one request, both requests will be ineligible for support. Further eligibility requirements may apply.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?
NYSCA Independent Project Grants cannot be used to support past work or current client work. They are intended to support new ideas and explorations that further the evolution of relevant design fields. Therefore, projects must take place between January 2020 and December 2020.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
The complete program guidelines and application instructions are available here. For additional information, visit www.nysca.org.