The VRAF offers the following types of funding opportunities:

  • Professional Development Grants: An annual award of $850 to an individual for professional development in the field of visual resources and image management. This grant supports attendance at an educational event of the grantee’s choosing (such as, an association conference, symposium or workshop), or enrollment in relevant research activities in the VRAF Grant Areas of Interest.
  • Project Grants for Research and Educational Projects: Grants up to $1,500 awarded to organizations or institutions for programs and projects in the VRAF Grant Areas of Interest. The funds may be used for small, stand-alone projects, pilots or start-up financing for larger projects, or for a component of a larger project.
  • Internship Award: The award grants $3,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts.
  • Grants Administration: The VRAF also pursues grants from other tax-exempt organizations, corporations and governmental sources to fulfill its mission. Please contact the VRAF Development Officer to discuss proposals for larger projects in the VRAF Grant Areas of Interest.

Grant Guidelines

Areas of Interest

The VRA Foundation’s Areas of Interest include visual information management and education, and the dissemination of and access to images of primarily, but not exclusively, cultural heritage materials. Projects in the following categories may be considered for funding:
Image Metadata
Image Cataloguing
Data Standards
Digital Archives
Digitization Projects (Educational Institutions, Libraries, Museums)
Visual Literacy
Pedagogy and Technology
Intellectual Property Rights


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.

Specifics of eligibility may vary according to the grant offered. Please see the guidelines for each grant program.


The VRA Foundation does NOT fund:

  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal organizations
  • Activities that influence legislation

Application Process


VRA Foundation Grants are not to be used for indirect costs at institutions.

News & Events

  • Visual Resources Association Foundation receives Kress Foundation Grant for Internship Program

    The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) has been awarded another grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to continue to fund the VRAF Internship Program. This program is dedicated to providing financial support for graduate students preparing for a career in visual resources and image management.

  • Visual Resources Association Foundation’s Regional Workshops Receive Additional Round of Kress Found

    The Visual Resources Association Foundation is delighted to announce a second year of funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in support of its regional workshop program. Following the success of the pilot program’s first year, this grant will support several workshops organized by the VRAF and host institutions, to be held later in 2016 and in early 2017. The Kress Foundation’s generous funding will also greatly assist with the VRAF’s ultimate goal of making this program self-sustaining.

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