AIGA Innovate FAQs

Looking for answers to questions about AIGA Innovate? First, read through the intro page and information packet, coming your way this fall, for all of the program details. If you still have questions, they may be answered here.

I have a great idea and I want to apply but I’m not sure if the idea qualifies. How do I know whether or not my project will be considered?
Read through the list of AIGA Innovate‘s goals and selection criteria outlined in the information packet. Proposed projects must fulfill those criteria to be considered for funding.

When is the round 1 application due?
May 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PT

Can I get an extension?
To be fair to all applicants, deadlines will not be extended.

How do I apply?
Apply via the online application system, also linked on the AIGA Innovate main page.

But I want to apply by email and send you material in the mail.
All entries must be completed in the AIGA Innovate online application system. Applications sent by email or post will not be considered.

Why am I having issues logging into the Awards system?
Due to a caching issue present in Google Chrome, we recommend you use Firefox or Safari when filling out your application.

 I lost/forgot/don’t know my AIGA credentials.
To recover a lost password, click here. If you are still unable to access your account or need to change the email address associated with your account, please email password [at]

Do I have to be an AIGA member to apply?
Yes. Join AIGA or renew your membership today!

Can I save my online application as a draft and come back to finish it before the deadline?
Yes. Once you create an account in the AIGA awards platform, you can return to your incomplete application and edit it as many times as you like before hitting the “Save and Finalize” button. Please note that in order to save your work in each section of the application, you must hit the “Save and Next” button.

Do I have to pay a fee to apply?

Do I have to work with my local chapter to apply and implement my project?
Yes. All applications and projects must be reviewed and approved by your local AIGA chapter board. The intention of AIGA Innovate is to strengthen, grow, and support inspiration in AIGA chapters. Chapters play a critical role in implementing projects on the ground.

How will I know if my application was approved?
If you are applying for less than $5,000 and your project is selected for funding, you will be notified on or around May 1 by email.

If you are applying for more than $5,000 and your project is selected to move on to round 2, you will be notified on or around May 1 by email. After the round 2 application process is complete, if your project is selected for funding, you will be notified on or around June 26 by email.

Who evaluates the applications?
selection committee, made up of members of the Chapter Advisory Council, past and incoming presidents council chairs, and members-at-large, evaluates applications in both rounds. Once the committee selects proposals for funding, they are reviewed by the AIGA executive director, who grants final approval. Read more about this on the selection committee page and in the detailed info packet.

How will successful projects be shared?
AIGA staff will conduct regular check-ins with awardees and milestones will be shared on social media. At the conclusion of the project, awardees and their chapters will be asked to help create program kits that outline processes, budgets, best practices, and more, so that other chapters can implement the projects.

I still have questions about AIGA Innovate that aren’t answered here or the AIGA Innovate intro page.
Make sure to read the updated informational packet, which contains additional details like application information, funding criteria, selection processes, deadlines, and more, in full. If you still have questions, email innovate [at]—we're here to help.