Architecture Building Science External Grant

NextGen Grant

Deadline: May 14, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Ray C. Anderson Foundation

Description: The Ray C. Anderson Foundation NextGen Committee requests proposals that would measurably and directly reduce existing or avoid future emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere: science-backed projects that are scalable to other initiatives, and creative, environmentally based solutions that improve social equity. Proposals will be given strong consideration if they are out of the research phase and currently being implemented or close to implementation, if they calculate significant reductions in greenhouse gases, and if they demonstrate meaningful environmental and social co-benefits. Proposals will not be considered that only focus on communication or climate education without measurable reduction of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), that focus solely on a localized area without scalability, or that are early in the research phase and narrow in scope. See website for more info.

Award: $100,000 

Eligibility: Open to U.S.-based organizations

Deadline: Executive summary submissions due May 14, 2021; invited full proposals due July 9, 2021.

Architecture External Fellowship History / Theory Urbanism

Schwartz Fellowship for Research on Urban Architecture

Deadline: April 30, 2021 12:00 am

Source: American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Description: The Schwarz Fellowship for Research on Urban Architecture supports innovative and cross-disciplinary research on architecture, urban planning, and the history of the built environment in Greece from 1821 to the present. Fields of study include Architectural and Urban Design, History of Architecture, History of the City, Historical Geography, and related fields. Projects should incorporate the holdings of the Gennadius Library (maps, topographical plans, landscapes etc.) and other appropriate resources of the American School of Classical Studies.

Award: Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from early September to late May. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library. Fellows are expected to participate in the academic life of the School.

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. holders within five years of receiving the degree. Open to all nationalities.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Architecture Building Science Design External Grant Landscape Architecture

The Richard Kelly Grant

Deadline: June 30, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Illuminating Engineering Society NYC

Description: Grant recognizes and encourages creative thought and activity in the use of light. Applicants must demonstrate accomplishment as well as the potential to contribute to the art and science of illumination. The Grant Committee will consider works using light in architecture, art, education, environmental design, health, fixture design, software design, and theater.

Award: Unspecified monetary award

Eligibility: Anyone 35 years or under, studying or working in the art and/or science of illumnation in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Architecture Design External Grant History / Theory

Arts Writers Grant Program

Deadline: May 19, 2021 8:59 pm

Source: The Andy Warhol Foundation / Creative Capital

Description: The Arts Writers grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories–articles, books, and short-form writing–these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies. Program also supports art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles. “Contemporary visual art” refers to visual art made since World War II. Projects on post-WWII work in adjacent fields–architecture, dance, film, media, music, performance, sound, etc.–will only be considered if they directly and significantly engage the discourse and concerns of contemporary visual art.

Award: $15,000-50,000

Eligibility: To be eligible, an arts writer must be an individual applying for a project about contemporary visual art; an art historian, artist, critic, curator, journalist, or a writer in an outside field who is strongly engaged with the contemporary visual arts; a U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident, or a holder of an O-1 visa; at least 25 years old; a published author (specific publication requirements vary for each project type).

Deadline: Applications accepted from April 14 to 11:59 pm EST, May 19, 2021.

External Grant Heritage Conservation Landscape Architecture Urbanism

COVID-19 Science Fund

Deadline: March 31, 2021 8:59 pm

Source: National Geographic Society

Description: In response to worldwide disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Geographic Society is providing funding for projects focused on how humanity and the natural world have reacted to and are living through the unparalleled circumstances created by COVID-19 in order to better understand how this pandemic—or the threat of another—will shape our world for years to come. Proposed projects should seek to better understand and/or provide solutions to the situations created or magnified by the pandemic, thereby helping us to understand and address the challenges and changes of living in a COVID-19 world. This fund invites research, conservation, and technology projects on the following two topics:

  1. Community-based and inclusive wildlife and cultural heritage site conservation. 
  2. Impacts of tourism changes on cultural heritage sites and wildlife. 

Below are examples of the types of questions and projects that the Society would like to receive:
How have community and grassroots organizations dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife and cultural heritage sites been impacted by COVID-19? How have organizations continued their conservation activities during the pandemic? What types of new models or innovative approaches to conservation are being tried? With people unable to afford to stay in cities, how are rural communities shaped and changed by people returning? Given the ongoing economic crises due to COVID-19, what lessons can be applied post pandemic to support sustainable and just economic recovery in areas with high biodiversity and/or cultural heritage resources? How have changes in global and/or domestic tourism affected wildlife, protected area management, cultural heritage site conservation, and the livelihoods and well-being of nearby communities? See website for more info.

Award: Up to $50,000.

Eligibility: Applicants must be 18 years or older. Only applications that propose activity in the applicant’s country of residence will be considered.

Deadline: Statement of interest accepted through 11:59 pm EDT, March 31, 2021. Applicants will receive decisions on their statement of interest by April 8, 2021. Full applications will be due by 11:59 pm EDT, May 19, 2021.

Architecture Design External Grant Landscape Architecture

Grants for Visual Artists

Deadline: April 30, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Harpo Foundation

Description: Award provides direct support to under-recognized visual artists 21 years or older.

Award: Up to $10,000.

Eligibility: Self-defined, under-recognized visual artists 21 years or older who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Current students are ineligible. Previous recipients of a direct artist grant from Harpo are ineligible.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

All Disciplines External Grant

Movement Infrastructure Fund

Deadline: April 23, 2021 11:59 pm

Source: Solidaire

Description: Supporting work that is led by those most impacted by injustice, the Movement Infrastructure Fund invests in movements that work to dismantle and disrupt extractive, exploitative, and oppressive systems. In 2021, Solidaire is interested in movement infrastructure proposals that support resistance through systems and tools, as well as proposals that build transformative futures through agency and scale. Examples include: starting or expanding a community-owned broadband initiative; building out communications tools or staff to advance narrative or culture change; expanding organizers in rural places; or campaigns for local housing solutions. Examples of movement infrastructure include buildings and land, new incorporations or entities, democratic governance structures, expertise and skill building, system development and sustained people power. Solidaire welcomes participatory research projects that are led by/informed by folks directly impacted and which look to create or invest more deeply in movement infrastructure projects with broad impact.

Award: Grants range from $20,000 to $200,000.

Eligibility: Work should be led by the most directly impacted people working on the front lines. Grant requests may be to support work for 12-24 months or for multi-year support (3-5 years). Organizations or groups must have an organizational budget under $3M. Grants can support C3, C4, LLCs, and other vehicles.

Deadline: 11:59 pm PST, April 23, 2021

All Disciplines Competition External

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2021 12:00 am

Source: J.M. Kaplan Fund

Description: Seeks to identify, support and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of social justice (buttressing democracy, voter education, and reforms to the criminal justice and immigration systems); the environment (slowing the pace of climate change and mitigating climate impacts); and heritage conservation. Prize is awarded to projects/ideas that: represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need; are innovative within one or more of the Fund’s three program areas; demonstrate the potential to develop an actionable pilot/prototype with Prize funding; and hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change.

Award: Up to 10 prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network.

Eligibility: Individuals or teams representing non-profit or for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

Deadline: First round applications due April 30, 2021. Select applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed second-round application in late spring.

Grant Urbanism USC

2021 USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Research Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2021 12:00 am

Source: USC Lusk Center for Real Estate

Description: The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate is pleased to announce the availability of research awards beginning in July 2021. The stipends are to facilitate high-quality research that will eventually be published in the leading scientific journals. The broad topics should be related to real estate and urban issues. The Lusk Center is especially interested in proposals that focus on housing and real estate finance, non-residential real estate, urban entrepreneurship, urban poverty and segregation, neighborhood change, and local taxes and housing regulation. Studies can focus on the U.S. or any other country.

Award: Up to $25,000 per faculty member and $15,000 per postdoc or Ph.D. student.

Eligibility: USC faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and Ph.D. students are eligible to apply.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

All Disciplines Competition External

MIT Solve 2021 Global Challenges

Deadline: June 16, 2021 9:00 am

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Description: Solve seeks innovative, human-centered, tech-based solutions to Global Challenges. Their definition of “tech-based” is broad: in addition to AI, blockchain, and virtual reality, Solver teams have leveraged a plant-based fiber that absorbs oil spills, biodegradable sanitary pads, and user-friendly mobile. See website for more info on the diverse technologies used by Solver teams. The 2021 Global Challenges are: Antiracist Technology in the U.S.; Digital Inclusion; Equitable Classrooms; Health Security & Pandemics; and Resilient Ecosystems. 

Award: Finalists will pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges and an audience of 400+ leaders at Solve Challenge Finals in September during UN General Assembly Week in NYC. Selected solvers will join a supportive community of social impact leaders, funders, and experts to help advance their innovative work through Solve’s nine-month program; receive mentorship and strategic advice from Solve/MIT networks; attend the Solve at MIT flagship event in May; and receive access to funding. All solutions will receive a $10,000 grant. Additional prizes/funding are available for specific challenges. See website for more info.

Eligibility: Anyone (individuals, teams, organizations), anywhere around the world can submit a solution to Solve’s Global Challenges. Applicants from previous years and current/alumni Solver teams are welcome to apply. However, the proposed solution must be new and not one previously selected by Solve. 

Deadline: 12 pm ET, June 16, 2021