Diane and Ben Lee Design Education Fund

The Diane and Ben Lee Design Education Fund provides annual grants of up to $2,500 to schools, teachers, groups or individuals actively pursuing design curriculum in their school or educational entity that directly benefits New Jersey K-12 students. Design education develops critical problem solving skills and includes programs related to fields such as art, architecture, interior design, graphic design, product design, set design, fashion design or illustration.


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The application period has begun and the submission deadline is
Monday November 15, 2021 at 5PM.
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Rules and Guidelines:

1.- Up to $2,500 in grants are to be awarded this year. This grant can be awarded to a single submission or divided among multiple submissions, based on the discretion of the selection committee. Groups or individuals may apply. Grant awards are intended for K-12 Design Programs that are scheduled for the 2021-2022 school year.
2.- Applicants must show how their program or proposal will directly benefit design education for New Jersey K-12 students. Design education develops critical problem solving skills and includes programs related to fields such as art, architecture, interior design, graphic design, product design, set design, fashion design or illustration.
3.- Applicants are encouraged to be creative in their grant submissions. Include images, videos, multimedia files, etc. to explain your program or proposal.
4.- Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by AIA Architects League of Northern New Jersey.
5.- Finalists must make themselves available for a Zoom interview by the selection committee in late September 2021.
6.- This fund is managed by AIA Architects League of Northern New Jersey. American Institute of Architecture (AIA) components and sections are not eligible as organizations to apply for this grant. Groups or individuals are not eligible to receive grants from the Diane and Ben Lee Design Education Fund in consecutive years.
7.- All applications must be submitted electronically.
8.- Submitted applications can be edited up until the deadline.
9.- If you have any questions, please contact ALNNJ Scholarship Committee Chair Joseph E David, AIA at alnnj.applications@gmail.com

Things you’ll need to complete your application:

  • Contact information including address, email and phone number
  • Information about your existing or proposed K-12 Design Program, including description, proposed costs and how it will benefit the design education of New Jersey K-12 students
  • Resumes of key personnel in PDF or Word format
  • Three letters of recommendation in PDF or Word format

Supplemental files including photos, videos or slideshow presentations that explain and support your existing or proposed K-12 Design Program are accepted but not required