More than a decade ago Sappi Fine Paper North America— the maker of McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo — established the Ideas that Matter grant program to recognize and support designers who use their skills and expertise to solve communications problems for a wide range of charitable activities. Even today, Ideas that Matter remains the only grant program of its kind in the industry. Since 1999, Ideas that Matter has funded over 500 nonprofit projects, contributing $12 million worldwide to causes that enhance our lives, our communities and our planet. Sappi believes that the creative ideas of designers can have an impact beyond the aesthetic and that those ideas can be a powerful force for social good. Working together with our customers, we aim to make a difference.
It appears as thought the Providence chapter is currently on hiatus, but they have a Boston one as well that looks pretty active:
With the exception of July and December, we deliberate at the end of each month to award two $1,000 grants. Fellowship recipients are posted to the gallery at the top of the page so check back to see who is getting the ca$h.
Open Call for emerging artists in NY, NJ and New England:
Our annual open call, Step Up, accepts submissions from March – May each year.
We accept unsolicited submissions from artists and curators for our visual arts programming. While the majority of our exhibitions are not the result of unsolicited submissions, there are shows every year that come to us this way.
Guest chefs prepare a simple menu of soup, bread, and dessert for a base price of $10 a guest. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available. Drinks may be purchased a la carte, and donations of greater than $10 are always appreciated. Musical entertainment is provided for mealtime enjoyment. Provision supports local farmers and grocers when possible and gratefully accepts food donations.
Up to four proposals seeking funding are presented on “menus” at each dinner table. Guests hear presentations from proposer-s, read the proposals, and discuss them with others at their table. Each guest scores the proposals based on a common rubric. The highest scored proposal is funded with the net proceeds from dinner, and if possible a secondary award to the second-highest scored proposal is also granted. Awards, based on attendance, are between $200 and $750.
Documentation of funded projects is presented at future Provision meal gatherings.