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International Interior Design Association

Catalyst Grant

What could your chapter achieve if you had the opportunity for supplemental funding? With regional needs so varied, IIDA Headquarters has created a program to support our chapters however they need. IIDA wants to fund programs that drive our chapters forward, enrich the organization, and promote our mission of advancing excellence in interior design.

Important Dates

Application period opens: Monday, June 18, 2018
Application period closes: Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, 5 p.m. CST
Funds disbursed: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
Catalyst Grant Projects completed by: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

Entry Information

The IIDA Catalyst Grant is designed to spark growth and provide the resources to bring chapter goals to fruition. 

Chapters can apply under the following categories:

  • Membership – Do you want to run a member recruitment drive or retention activity?
  • Education – Do you want to bring in a speaker series? Will you host more CEU courses? Do you want to send your members to conferences?
  • Branding – Do you want to hire a graphic designer to create new materials to promote your chapter? Do you want to hire a videographer to cover a signature chapter event?
  • Leadership – Is there a leadership development program in your area that you’ve always wanted to take? Alternatively, has your chapter wanted to start a leadership development program?
  • GYST –  Also known as “General Yearly Substantive Tasks.” Does your chapter need support to get organizational basics right? Do you have a unique challenge that you need help with?

How to Apply

The Catalyst Grant application launches on June 18, 2018. Chapters are strongly encouraged to attend one of the instructive webinars on applying. These webinars will be in August 2018, exact dates to come. Only electronic submissions will be allowed. The online application will include the following:

  1. The amount of money requested.
  2. The category your proposed program or project fits best.
  3. The specific purpose of the proposed program and how it contributes to the mission of IIDA.
  4. At least one measurable, quantitative goal. (For example, “Our goal is to send five officers to a conference" or “Our goal is to double the number of clicks our website gets.”)
  5. The anticipated timeline for executing the program or project.
  6. A basic quarterly budget for your program.

IIDA staff will work with qualified applicants to flesh out their proposal, including program design, budget, and timeline. Complete applications will be due on Oct. 1, 2018, 5 p.m. CST. The evaluation committee will review the full application and award grants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about applying? Visit the Catalyst Grant FAQ page



For questions or more information, contact Chris Stewart at or 312.379.5131.