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IFDA Accepting Applications for 2020 Grants

Applications will soon be accepted for five professional grants from the Educational Foundation (EF) of IFDA, the International Furnishings and Design Association. Submissions are being accepted between June 1 and June 30, 2020.

Since the early years of this 73-year-old global design industry alliance, EF has awarded grants to talented professionals as well as scholarships to high-achieving design students, internationally.  Last year, the funds awarded for scholarships and grants, which included support for IFDA EF’s DesignEDGE seminar series, totaled $37,000. 

“These professional grants meet a variety of important objectives, including helping people expand their horizons and enhance their skills and education,” said Gail Belz, FIFDA, chairman of the board of the Educational Foundation of IFDA.  “Our commitment to improving our industry and enhancing public awareness through educational and philanthropic programs never wavers.”

IFDA Educational Foundation Grants are offered to professionals working in the interior design or furnishings related fields, not to undergraduate students. Winners will be notified by July 31 or as noted for that grant.  The website has detailed information and applications at ifdaef.org.

The five grants, to be applied for starting June 1, are as follows:

Irma Dobkin Universal Design Grant— $2,000

Open to an individual involved in a Universal Design project to meet living needs of all ages and capabilities.


Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant — $2,000

Open to those involved in restoring or preserving historic sites related to design/furnishings.

Elizabeth Brown Grant to Interior Design Programs — $2,500

Open to an accredited U.S. interior design program, for supplementary materials/resources.


Tony Torrice Professional Development Grant — $1,500

Open to professionals in design/furnishings seeking to enhance skills with advanced study.

Valerie Moran Memorial Grant — up to $3,000 

Awarded to an IFDA professional member interested in expanding their horizons through travel, trade shows and professional development studies.

Grants Available for IFDA Chapters - can be applied for throughout the year, at least 30 days prior to the event:

Chapter Partnership Grants — $1,000 Each, $3,000 Total

Three grants available to IFDA chapters for educational programs (accepted a minimum of 30 days prior to event).  Given the changed circumstances due to COVID-19 this grant program will support educational event programming provided as an online webinar where there are expenses; in addition these online programs should be promoted beyond the local chapter receiving the grant funding; that is, promoted to and made available for all IFDA members.

Claire Coleman Founders Grants — $1,000 Each, $2,000 Total

To help IFDA chapters develop marketing and communications programs, events or projects.

Two grants are available to IFDA chapters for marketing or communications programs (accepted a minimum of 30 days prior to event).  Given the changed circumstances due to COVID-19 this grant program will support marketing or communications event programming provided as an online webinar where there are expenses; in addition these online programs should be promoted beyond the local chapter receiving the grant funding; that is, promoted to and made available for all IFDA members.

New Chapter Development Grant — $1,000

To aid newly formed chapters in creating an educational program to attract membership.







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