Have you seen (or heard about) the award-winning documentary on Charlevoix’s unique Mushroom Houses? Or the film Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, on the visionary modernist architect? What about NOMA Detroit’s Project Pipeline Architecture Camps for minority and under-represented students? What about free architecture tour maps of Michigan communities including Flint, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids? Or the soon-to-be-published book, Guardians of Michigan, featuring architectural sculptures from buildings throughout the state?
What do all of these have in common? Each received funding from MAF’s Architecture Awareness Grants program. The grants provide financial assistance to organizations and individuals that organize, sponsor and promote events, lectures, design competitions, publications, children’s programs, educational initiatives, and experiences that connect people with architecture in creative ways, and/or increase awareness and appreciation of architecture.
Grants are awarded throughout the years, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are judged by MAF’s Architecture Awareness Committee and approved by the MAF Board of Trustees. For more information and to apply, click here.
Criteria applicants and their programs must meet to qualify for an MAF Architecture Awareness Grant include: demonstrating how it promotes an understanding of how architecture enriches lives; how it will engage audiences; how it will be leveraged with other resources to support their programming; and financial need. Applicants also must be able to articulate the program’s likely outcome or results when complete.
Have an idea for a program that might qualify, or already have a project in the works that could benefit from additional financial support? Review the MAF Architecture Awareness Grant application criteria here.