The purpose of the VRA Foundation’s Project Grant is to provide support for projects in the field of visual resources and image management. One grant is available in the spring 2019 cycle with up to $3,000 to be awarded. 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:
- Metadata for Visual Media
- Visual Media Cataloguing Standards
- Visual Media Data Standards
- Digitization Projects of Special or Unique Collections (Educational Institutions, Libraries, Museums)
- Visual Literacy
- Technology Development for Visual Media Management and Pedagogy
- Intellectual Property Rights
The project must be completed within one year from the time the grant is formally accepted. The grant will be disbursed in two increments: $1500 at the start of the granting period, and $1500 pending the submission of a mid-project progress report. A final report, including a financial statement, on how the funds contributed to the project is due within one month of the project’s completion. Failure to complete the proposed project may result in the grantee returning the funds.
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
For full consideration, please submit your application (https://forms.gle/wgJHo2CtvaR7FWmE9) by Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time. The recipient of the VRAF Project Grant will be announced by May 24, 2019.
If you have further questions about the Project Grant Program or the application process, please contact the VRA Foundation Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.