Grant Opportunity

Applications will be accepted between June 1 and June 30, 2019, for 11 professional grants from the Educational Foundation (EF) of IFDA, the International Furnishings and Design Association.

IFDA Educational Foundation Grants are offered to professionals working in the interior design or furnishings related fields, not to undergraduate students. Winners will be notified by July 31 or as noted for that grant. The website has detailed information and applications:

The 11 grants are as follows:

Irma Dobkin Universal Design Grant— $2,000

Open to an individual involved in universal design in: product development; a design project; education; or marketing

Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant — $2,000

Open to those involved in restoring or preserving historic sites related to design/furnishings.

Elizabeth Brown Grant to Interior Design Programs — $2,500

Open to an accredited U.S. interior design program, for supplementary materials/resources.

Tony Torrice Professional Development Grant — $1,500

Open to professionals in design/furnishings seeking to enhance skills with advanced study.

Chapter Partnership Grants — $1,000 Each, $3,000 Total

Three grants awarded to IFDA chapters for educational programs (accepted a minimum of 60 days prior to event).

New Chapter Development Grant — $1,000

To aid newly formed chapters in creating an educational program to attract membership.

Claire Coleman Founders Grants — $1,000 Each, $2,000 Total

To help IFDA chapters develop marketing and communications programs, events or projects.

Valerie Moran Memorial Grant — up to $3,000 

Awarded to an IFDA professional member interested in expanding their horizons through travel, trade shows and professional development studies.

IFDA Educational Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501c(3) organization. It’s nine scholarships support both full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of interior, green/sustainable, product and textile design. In addition, 13 grants support professional development opportunities for IFDA members and other design industry professionals as well as needed resources for design schools. Visit  and