Visual Resources Association Foundation 2019 Project Grant Application
The purpose of the VRA Foundation’s Project Grant (https://vrafoundation.com/project-grant/) is to provide support for projects in the field of visual resources and image management. One grant is available in the spring 2019 cycle with up to $3,000 to be awarded. The funds may be used for stand-alone projects, pilots or start-up financing for larger projects, or for a component of a larger project. Collaborative projects and those proposed by groups, whether or not affiliated with an organization or institution, are encouraged. Of particular interest are innovative projects with results that can have a broad impact and be shared with the global community.

Categories to be considered for funding include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

Metadata for Visual Media
Visual Media Cataloguing Standards
Visual Media Data Standards
Digitization Projects of Special or Unique Collections (Educational Institutions, Libraries, Museums)
Visual Literacy
Technology Development for Visual Media Management and Pedagogy
Intellectual Property Rights

The project must be completed within one year from the time the grant is formally accepted. The grant will be disbursed in two increments: $1500 at the start of the granting period, and $1500 pending the submission of a mid-project progress report. A final report, including a financial statement, on how the funds contributed to the project is due within one month of the project's completion. Failure to complete the proposed project may result in the grantee returning the funds.

The VRA Foundation has United States Internal Revenue Service status as a 501(c)3 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.

Eligibility:

Applicants should be working in the field of visual resources and image management, and may include retirees, those currently unemployed, or students.
Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
Other applications for funding for the same project must be disclosed.
Former recipients of the grant are not eligible for a period of two years following their most recent award.

Acceptable uses of Project Grant Money:

Salaries and labor costs
Transportation costs
Cost of Materials (grants generally do not fund the purchase of office and other/related equipment)
Other appropriate expenses (as approved by VRAF)

Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs at institutions

Application Criteria and Application are below. For further details and instruction on filling out the application see below or https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FvyvDSFOI39u_qI2xLgZYwy34wEGnhon/view?usp=sharing.

About the VRA Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management while advocating for the value of images in the teaching and learning environment. The Foundation supports a range of educational activities in multiple formats and venues, for example, instructional tools, regional workshops, online learning, and advocacy materials, to build bridges across the information management and educational communities. The Foundation’s research interests advance scholarship in the field, improve outreach to the larger community on significant issues, such as intellectual property rights and the development of best practices protocols for the dissemination of digital images, and further public access to visual resources information. Significant areas of focus include image collections, technology, metadata, cataloging, visual literacy, and copyright. The Foundation’s educational and research agenda advances scholarship in the field and improves outreach to the larger community.

The VRA Foundation Mission

The mission of the VRA Foundation is to advance knowledge in the field of visual resources and image management and to provide educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information in the digital age. The Foundation advances awareness of important issues for digital information management; encourages the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; facilitates workplace training; and promotes awareness of intellectual property rights and copyright issues. The VRA Foundation supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse and global audience.

2019 Project Grant Application Questions: When answering Sections 2 through 5 please be thorough and provide details. PDFs are preferable for File Upload questions.
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