Sappi North America (Boston, MA), a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, has asked that entries for its 2021 Ideas that Matter grant program be submitted by January 7, 2022. Established over 20 years ago, Ideas that Matter invites designers from around the world to show how print design can improve the lives of others. This year, designers will be able to submit ideas that include paper-packaging projects, in addition to print and digital communications projects. Entrants are asked to align their submissions with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and focus on addressing social, environmental, healthcare and community issues. Sappi has made these goals an integral part of its business and sustainable practices over the years.
“For over two decades, through the Ideas that Matter program, we’ve seen firsthand the power that design has to make our communities stronger and our lives better. These grants have always funded critical projects that address timely societal issues,” said Patti Groh, Sappi’s Director of Communications. “By restructuring the program this year to align with the UN’s SDGs, we can ensure that the projects we fund are going toward the greatest areas of global impact.” Ideas that Matter is the only grant program of its kind in the paper industry, and is a key part of Sappi’s corporate social responsibility efforts. Since 1999, the program has provided nearly $14 million to support over 500 projects that change lives, communities, and ultimately, our planet.
Ideas that Matter proposals are evaluated on creativity, potential effectiveness and practicality, by an annually selected and independent panel of judges who are major influencers in the design industry. Submissions are open to individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project. Each application must include an IRS 501 (c) 3 letter or Canadian equivalent of the applicant’s non-profit organization. Entrants have until January 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) to submit their application via Sappi’s Ideas that Matter online portal. For more information, including eligibility criteria, please visit the Sappi website.