Dream Grant 1

Diversity, Realization, Equity, Access, Merit

Supporting Western North Carolina creative students
with technology and software

The AIGA Asheville Dream Grant benefits underrepresented and economically disadvantaged Western North Carolina students who are studying the design disciplines of graphic design, photography/videography or illustration in colleges and universities. 

Three $3,500 Gifts are awarded annually to support the purchase of new computer hardware, software, or design-related technology.  

Three, one-year Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions will also be awarded.

The Dream Grant promotes social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers. This grant aims to increase diversity in the creative profession by removing a hurdle for many local students dreaming of starting their education journey and acquiring professional-level technology hardware. 

Application is free to all. Award and Grant distribution to begin August 2023.

Who is eligible?

Students living in any of the 16 Western NC counties pursuing a higher education design discipline degree.

Sponsorship Opportunities

AIGA Asheville is currently seeking sponsors to fund the three $3,500 grants. Contact sponsorship@asheville.aiga.org for more information on how you can help.

A donation of $1,500 has been secured from Magellan Strategy to fund the one-time AIGA National OpenWater application administration fee.

Jurying and Selection Process

Members of the AIGA Asheville Board of Directors and sub-committees will nominate a review panel consisting of regional community members and creatives to award applicants based on submitted material. 

Applications will open September 2023!!

Please contact us to learn more: education@asheville.aiga.org with questions.

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