Grants

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

Eligibility

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

  • 2014-2015 VRA Foundation Project Grant Winners Named

    The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation is pleased to announce the presentation of its 2014 VRAF Project Grants to Matthias Arnold of the University of Heidelberg, and Krystle Kelley of the University of Colorado Boulder.

  • VRA Foundation Announces 2014 Professional Development Grant Winners

    The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation is pleased to announce the presentation of its 2014 VRAF Professional Development Grants to Mark Pompelia of the Rhode Island School of Design, and Courtney Baron, of the University of Georgia.

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