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Cultivate provides the financial support for IIDA Northland Chapter members to deepen their knowledge, education, or research and advance their careers.


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The IIDA Northland Chapter is proud to offer Cultivate, a member enrichment fund, to support educational and research opportunities for our members. Cultivate is made possible by the generosity of Chapter Sponsors each year. Since 2015, we have awarded over $22,000 to our members through this program. Recipients have participated in classes, trainings, self-curated international trips, trade shows, and more- expanding their education, developing their skills, and improving their practice.


IIDA Northland is proud to offer this unique benefit to our members through your support!




Cultivate supports member participation in activities that pertain to education, knowledge or research within the interior design profession. Typically, up to $5,000 is awarded to members each year. In 2020, due to the economic recession that has left many members under- or unemployed, up to $30,000 will be awarded to member applicants.

  • Applicants must be a current IIDA Northland member. To become a member, click here.
  • Student members are not eligible, and are encouraged instead to apply for the Student Grant.
  • Current board members are not eligible.
  • Applicants cannot also receive funding for the activity from their employer or any other funding source. If funding from another source does not cover the activity 100%, the applicant may request funding for the remaining amount.
  • Eligible activities must pertain to education, knowledge or research within the interior design profession. Examples of eligible activities include:
    • NeoCon, ICFF, HD Expo or other trade shows
    • Greenbuild, Living Futures, Healthcare Design or other conference
    • Dale Carnegie, Living Building Challenge, LEED workshop or other training
    • WELL, EDAC or other industry-related exam. Note: NCIDQ and LEED exams are not eligible. IIDA National offers reimbursement for these exams at: NCIDQ and LEED
    • Teaching a training course or giving a presentation within the Northland Chapter region
    • Traveling to greater Minnesota to educate the public on interior design legislation
    • Travel, with a clear emphasis on learning
    • Design research studies.Note: If submitting a design research proposal, follow the submission criteria outlined in the Research Grant
    • Research studies may apply for up to $20,000 from the Cultivate fund if the applicant is an IIDA member.
    • College-level classes


Recipient Requirements

Award recipients must provide receipts for all funded activities. The recipient agrees to share highlights of what they learned with the chapter community within one year upon the activity’s completion. This could be a blog post, social media take-over, presentation, or another method, to be determined in collaboration with the Past-President on a case-by-case basis.

The Fine Print
  • 50% of the awarded amount will be distributed to the recipient prior to the activity with the remaining 50% awarded upon conclusion of the activity and has shared with the chapter.
  • Recipient must submit receipts for their expenses within 30 days after the activity has been completed to receive the second payment.

Not sure if your idea qualifies? Submit a draft by the early submission deadline for feedback from the selection committee! They will review all early submissions and send back comments and questions to help you improve your final submission.

Other questions? Send us a note at


July 30th – Draft applications due (optional). Submit a draft of your application for feedback from the selection committee.

August 10th – Feedback received from the selection committee.

Extension: September 21st – Final applications due.

Past Winners

Spring 2020 – Sarah Janssen – $2000 – Healthcare Design and Innovation graduate certificate


2019- Lexie Muniz – $4000 – Study abroad to Greece


2018- Anne Cook – $2100 – ICFF and NYC x DESIGN


Fall 2017 – Natasha Fonville – $750 – Weaving class
Fall 2017 – Lia Makousky – $1750 – Travel to India to study fabric, print, and dye processes


Spring 2017: Jonathan Butler-Knutson – $1700 – Sustainability-focused Costa Rica trip
Spring 2017: Mary Brandt – $800 – Photography class in New York


Fall 2016: Bridget Mugan – $390 – Obervational Study Course
Fall 2016: Ariane Laxo- $2,000 – Certificate in Positive Psychology


Spring 2016: Maria Franzmeier – $500 – Revit training at CTC
Spring 2016: Deidre Webster – $2,025 – Travel and document inspiration in Europe


Fall 2015: Joanne Chappellaz – $2,100 – Mini MBA from St. Thomas

Spring 2015: Nicolette Morgan – $500 – MFA Interior Design tuition
Spring 2015:   Maureen Soules – $500 – PhD Interior design tuition
Spring 2015:   Jan Dufault – $1,500 – Healthcare Design Conference

Apply now

Apply to Cultivate Grant HERE

We do not accept unsolicited requests for financial support and will determine and announce program opportunities as they are available.

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