Refuge for Refugees focused on the design of a new architectural intervention in the City of Clarkston, Georgia


Tangela Monroe
Assistant Director
(678) 553 0508


2022 IMPACT Grant Call for Submissions is open March 1, 2022.


2022 Call for Submissions

The IMPACT Grant Program is intended to promote architecture and design across the state, inspire architects to act in their communities and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession.  The grant program is in its fourth year, funded by the American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association (AIA Georgia) and administered by the Architecture Foundation of Georgia (AFGA).

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 2022 for programs to be completed in a 6- to 9-month period.  Organizations can receive up to $5,000, while individual/small groups can receive up to $2,500 for 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.

Eligible 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.

Multi-year/Annual/Recurring programs will also be considered for grants and subject to yearly review.  Past successes and failures may impact current funding requests.


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:

  • Program Title
  • Category (individual/small group or organization)
  • Program Description (1-2 pages max):
    • Short description of program
    • Program Format: Lecture, Film Series, Competition, Online, In-person, etc
    • Program date or date range
    • Estimated attendance: AIA members and public
    • Has the program been held before? If so, when was it held and describe past success and/or opportunities for improvement.
  • Budget:
    • What is total program budget?
    • How much IMPACT Grant funding is being requested?
    • Provide a budget worksheet of revenue versus expenses and identify items covered by IMPACT grant funding.
  • Images: Include any images supporting your grant proposal
  • References: Provide contact information for at least 2 references (for individual grant proposals)


Individual/Small GroupSubmissions: 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: [email protected]


  • Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis beginning March 1, 2022
  • Final deadline is May 13, 2022
  • Grant Funds will be released upon request upon signed agreement and at the discretion of the AFGA board
  • Project/Program must be completed by November 15, 2022; final report due no later than December 31, 2022.

Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry (ACCI)

ACCI hostedtwo, one-week long summer programs on both the KSU and GTcampus with the goal of getting more students, specifically women and minorities, in the pipeline to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, design, planning, landscape architecture and other creative avenues through mentoring, education and exposure.

View sample application here.

Refuge for Refugees

This grant focusedon the design of a new architectural intervention in the city of Clarkston, GA. The goal was to create a multi-ethnic gathering place where refugees mingle with local people and foster relationships. The idea is to showcase through architectural design the fairy tale story of the Clarkston community, a compassionate and welcoming community where refuges became integral to the town’s sense of identity.

View sample application here.

Foundations in Design

The goal of this program was to help middle school students understand career options in design and observe their community environment through the lens of design. The program included a series of presentations and discussions, field site visits and direct engagement in a team charrette exercise.

View sample of final report here.