Innovation Grant

Innovation Grant

The Georgia Innovation Grant Program is funded by the American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association (AIA Georgia) and administered by The Architecture Foundation of Georgia (AFGA). The intent of this program is to foster innovative ideas to promote architecture and the profession, raising awareness of the value of architecture, or the value of the work that AIA members bring to their communities across the State of Georgia.

Grants are offered in two categories:

  • Organizational Grants
  • Individual/Small GroupGrants


The program will provide up to six grants of $2,500–$5,000* in 2021 for projects/programs to be completed in a 6 to 9-month period. Organizations can receive up to $5,000, while Individuals/Small Groups can receive up to $2,500 for projects or programs to promote Architecture/Design and engage with the Community in Georgia.

Recipient selection and funding amounts will be based on the merits of the submission. Awards will be granted at the sole discretion of the Architecture Foundation of Georgia Board, and all selection Committee decisions are final. More funds may be allocated to exemplary submissions.

ligible entities can include programs by:

  • Georgia-based AIA Components and Chapters
  • allied organizations like ADC, NOMA, AIA Students, NOMA Students, ACCI and CAAD in the state of Georgia
  • design or community-based projects proposed by individuals, small groups of Georgia-based architects, educators and students.

Existing programs that focus on expansion and/or targeting new audiences in innovative ways are encouraged to apply as well.

Projects can be awarded an Innovation Grant no more than twice.


Architectural firms/practices cannot be the recipient of these funds, they must be distributed to non-profit organizations or individuals. Current Board Members of the Architecture Foundation of Georgia and AIA Georgia are not eligible for the individual grants. Georgia based AIA Chapters and Component Board members and staff are eligible for individual grants. Grant applicants who are not selected this year are invited to resubmit their proposals in the following year.

Grant Applications should be made in electronic form. The electronic submission should include the following information:

  • Project title
  • Category (Individual/Small Groupor Organization)
  • Project Description: Describe the proposed project in detail. Define the communities served, as well as expected results by identifying the immediate and long-term benefits of the project/program. Include the type of expected attendees, participants, audience, etc. who will be impacted by the program (e.g.,member, public, etc.) and the estimated number. Indicate other funds obtained, identified or requested if the project requires funding in addition to this Grant Program. Provide a clear plan detailing how the project will be completed including a timeline reflecting critical dates and an allocation of project dollars.
  • Budget: State the amount requested from the Grant Program. Provide an itemized budget showing detailed expenses required for the project, a fund withdrawal schedule and any revenues anticipated.
  • Images
  • Contact information for (2) references (for individual/small group submissions)


Individual/Small Group Submissions: Please omit any identifying information from project description before submitting.Please contact Architecture Foundation of Georgia with any questions or requests for clarification. Any questions shouldbe addressed to Jay Silverman, AIA or Tangela Monroe at the following address:


  • Call for Submissions Open: January 25, 2021
  • Submissions must be received by 5:00 PM, Monday, March 8
  • Recipients will be notified week of March 29, 2021
  • Grant Funds will be released upon request after April 15 at the discretion of the AFGA board
  • Project/Program must be completed by December 31, 2021; final report due no later than January 31, 2022.

Scholarships Available

This scholarship program was previously named the Dorothy Spence Memorial Scholarship in recognition of the longtime Executive Director of AIA Georgia and eloquent advocate of architecture in Georgia. The program assists students during one of their final two years of professional architecture studies in the state of Georgia.

Award Range: $750 – $2,500

This scholarship program honors the late John D. Mulford III. John D. Mulford, III was a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University with a Bachelors degree in Architectural Engineering Technology. The program assists students during one of their final three years of professional architecture studies at his alma mater, Southern Polytechnic State University.

Award Range: $1,000 – $2,000

Marci B. Reed, former Executive Director of the Architecture Foundation of GA and Robert E. Reed, III, her husband an a graduate of the Georgia Tech Architecture Program endowed the Foundation to support graduate students in architecture at Georgia Tech focusing their studies on sustainable design and construction practices.

This scholarship program endowed by Savannah architect, Gerry Cowart, honors the late Sarah Hall Cowart and helps to remove the financial burden of students attending Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) who want to attend the national AIA Student leadership conferences but do not have the means to do so on their own.

College of Fellows Scholarship

This new scholarship program is initiated and in partnership with the Georgia College of Fellows.

Award Range: N/A

One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time it is like life starting all over again. “

― Renzo Piano

Architecture is inhabited sculpture

― Constantin Brancusi

Whatever good things we build, end up building us

– Jim Rohn

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