2017
GRANT
Submission Deadline
September 18, 2016
ABOUT THE GRANT

Over the last few years, the Farm-to-Table philosophy of serving and eating locally grown, locally prepared food has blossomed into something of a national movement, inspiring chefs, a new generation of young farmers, and even urban food forests. But what about the “dirty” side of food cycles: logistics, packaging, transport, disposal, and sustainably dealing with waste? How might we imagine new ways of growing, eating, and disposing of food?

By giving reference to Braungart and William McDonough’s 2002 paradigm shifting book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, SDF’s 2016 grant also calls for modern, sustainable proposals for food, waste, or systems that bring them all together, from Farm to Table to Cradle.

How might we design new tools, systems, spaces and products to create a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not only efficient, but also essentially waste free.

  • In-home growing solutions
  • City wide composting programs
  • Innovative produce display systems for farmers markets
  • Apps that teach children how to grow food
  • Ugly fruit appreciation poster campaign
  • Cook + Waste Disposal cookbook
  • Innovative gardening tools
  • Interactive installations about food and/or waste
  • Leave-no-waste pop-up dinner series
PURPOSE

The SDF grant program supports and promotes innovation in emerging talent by selecting individuals to receive small, project-focused grants matched with mentorship. We believe that a mentorship component allows for education beyond any given avenue of design, and allows for collaboration and networking between generations of Seattle’s creatives.

AMOUNT

The 2016 grants awarded will be project-focused. The grand prize grant is for $2,500 and selected by the judging panel. The popular vote grant is for $500, and chosen by digital votes. SDF will work to align grantees with a mentor to help them through the creative process. The smaller grant model is meant not to support a lifestyle, but to give added momentum to an idea.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible persons must fulfill the following criteria

  1. Be a resident of the Seattle area and intend on remaining here to conduct their project.
  2. Have not received a Seattle Design Foundation grant in the past.
  3. Be an Emerging Designer – in the first 7 years of practice or trade.
  4. An individual or up to a 4 person collaborative group.
  5. 18 years of age or older
JUDGES
RIC COCHRANE
Director of Milepost Consulting and Co-Founder and COO of SEED Collaborative
ANGELA GARBES
Food writer, The Stranger
MARISA HAGNEY
Living Community Challenge program at the International Living Future Institute
KIRBY KALLAS-LEWIS
Owner & Distiller, Oola Distillery
KATRINA SPADE
Founder and director of the Urban Death Project
RIC COCHRANE
Director of Milepost Consulting and Co-Founder and COO of SEED Collaborative
ANGELA GARBES
Food writer, The Stranger
MARISA HAGNEY
Living Community Challenge program at the International Living Future Institute
KIRBY KALLAS-LEWIS
Owner & Distiller, Oola Distillery
KATRINA SPADE
Founder and director of the Urban Death Project