• Cindy W. Hodnett

IFDA's educational foundation announces 2017 grants

NEW BERN, N.C. — EF, the scholarship and funding arm of the International Furnishings and Design Assn., has announced $15,500 in new grants available this year to high-achieving industry professionals.

Applications for each of the eight available 2017 grants will be accepted from June 1 to June 30. Winners will be announced in midsummer for the following grants:

  • Irma Dobkin Universal Design Grant ($2,000), supported by IFDA's Washington D.C. chapter, is open to individuals working independently who wish to develop a Universal Design project that meets the living needs of people of all ages and capabilities.
  • Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant ($2,000), also supported by the Washington chapter, is available to furnishings or design professionals engaged in projects that embrace the historic restoration and/or preservation of a significant structure or public building.
  • Elizabeth Brown Grant to Interior Design Programs (1,000), supported by the Texas chapter, will award an accredited interior design program at a university, college, art school or technical institution, the funds to be used for books, periodicals, audio-visual aids, computer software or other essential resources.
  • Tony Torrice Professional Development Grant ($1,500), supported by IFDA's Northern California chapter, is earmarked for an interior design or furnishings pro with plans to enhance his or her skills through independent or academic study.
  • Valerie Moran Memorial Grant (up to $3,000), supported by the New York Chapter, will go to an IFDA professional member with outstanding skills in either design or merchandising who wishes to expand his or her horizons through travel, trade show attendance or professional-development studies.
  • Claire Coleman Founders Grant (2 available, at $1,000 each), also supported by the New York Chapter, will help IFDA chapters fund a marketing- or communications-related event designed to attract and edify new as well as current IFDA members.
  • Chapter Partnership Grants (3 available, at $1,000 each) will be awarded to IFDA chapters seeking assistance in funding educational programs that provide significant information on business development, design innovation or industry trends.
  • New Chapter Development Grant ($1,000) was established to aid newly formed chapters fund educational programs or events designed to enhance the visibility of IFDA locally and also attract new IFDA members.

Funds from the Barbara Brock Memorial Grant and Schoenthal IFDA Leadership Forum have been applied to support the Educational Foundation's day-long DesignEDGE event in New York City, May 20.

Over the past seven years, more than $200,000 has been awarded to high-achieving applicants. Two decades after its founding in 1947, IFDA began establishing funds to give career boosts to students as well as professionals in the interior design and furnishings-related fields.

Go to http://www.ifdaef.org/ for details and application guidance regarding each grant.

Cindy HodnettCindy W. Hodnett | Upholstery/Style Editor

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying the sloping curves of sofa frames, the intricacies of fabric and the nail head trim and button accents that function as jewelry on a piece of upholstery. I research the companies that bring these things together for retailers, and ultimately consumers, and interview industry leaders about their business strategies and where they think furniture is heading in the future. And when traveling, I provide a sneak peek at what I'm seeing, whether at international markets or in High Point or Las Vegas.

I look forward to sharing what I see and I hope you'll feel free to do the same. Email me at chodnett@furnituretoday.com or follow me on Twitter @CynthiaWHodnett.

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