Tangela Monroe
Assistant Director
(678) 553 0508


Deadline for Innovation Grant applications is Monday, March 15, 2021 by 5:00 PM

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.

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.

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 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]


  • 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.

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.