Project Grants


The purpose of the VRA Foundation’s Project Grant is to provide support for projects in the field of visual resources and image management that are consonant with the above areas of interest.  Two grants are available in the fall 2014 cycle with up to $1,500 to be awarded per grant.  The funds may be used for stand-alone projects, pilots or start-up financing for larger projects, or for a component of a larger project.  Collaborative projects and those proposed by groups, whether or not affiliated with an organization or institution, are encouraged.  Of particular interest are innovative projects with results that can have a broad impact and be shared with the global community.  Categories to be considered for funding would include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Image Metadata
  • Image Cataloging
  • Data Standards
  • Digital Archives
  • Digitization Projects of Special or Unique Collections (Educational Institutions, Libraries, Museums)
  • Visual Literacy
  • Pedagogy and Technology
  • Intellectual Property Rights

The grant recipient will submit a report on how the grant contributed to the completion or significant development of the project, and include a financial statement, no later than one month following the project’s completion, or that part of it for which the grant was used. Depending on the length of the project, the grantor may request progress reports.

The VRA Foundation has United States Internal Revenue Service status as a 501c3 non-profit entity. All elements of a proposed project must be performed within the legal parameters of United States local, regional. and federal government requirements. International applications are welcome from institutions or individuals provided applicant institutions have the equivalent of US non-profit status and applicant individuals have a similar non-profit, educational purpose.


  • Applicants should be working in the field of visual resources and image management, and may include retirees, those currently unemployed, or students.
  • Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
  • Other applications for funding for the same project must be disclosed.
  • Former recipients of the grant are not eligible for a period of two years following their most recent award.

Grant monies may be used for:

  • Salaries and labor costs
  • Transportation costs
  • Cost of Materials (grants generally do not fund the purchase of office and other/related equipment)
  • Other appropriate expenses (as approved by VRAF)

Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs at institutions

Application and Review Cycle:

The application deadline for the 2014-2015 grants has been extended to November 17th 2014, 11:59 Pacific Time.
Award decision public announcement:  December 17th, 2014

If you have further questions about the Project Grant Program or the application process, please contact:

Betha Whitlow, VRA Foundation Board of Directors
phone: 314-935-5256

Download the Guidelines and Application Form (Word document)

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