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Northland Chapter Education Reimbursement Fund


The IIDA Northland Chapter  is proud to offer the Northland Chapter Education Reimbursement Fund to support educational and research opportunities for our members! We invest in this fund through Annual Chapter Sponsorships each year.  Since 2015, we have awarded thousands of dollars back to our members through the education fund. This has helped designers participate in opportunities locally and internationally to expand their learning, build their skills and improve their practice of interior design.

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

Reimbursement Fund - Applications are OPEN

The Reimbursement Fund was established with funds from the IIDA Northland Chapter, intended to support member participation in activities that pertain to education, knowledge or research within the interior design profession.

  • Applicant must be a current IIDA Northland member in good standing. Applicant must have been a member for at least one year. To become a member, click here.
  • Applicant cannot 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.
  • Applicant cannot have received funding from the Reimbursement Fund for any activities within the past three years.
  • 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
    • EDAC or other industry-related exam. Note: NCIDQ and LEED exams are not eligible. IIDA National offers reimbursement for these exams:
    • Teach a training course or give a presentation within the Northland chapter region
    • Travel to greater Minnesota to educate the public on interior design legislation
    • Design research study
    • College-level class


Recipient Requirements

Award recipients must provide receipts for all funded activity. Any written or video summary provided to IIDA Northland, becomes the property of IIDA Northland; the recipient waives and relinquishes all rights thereto and assigns such rights to IIDA Northland. IIDA Northland may publish, use, disclose, assign, license or otherwise transfer any such materials.

  • Applications are reviewed each fall and spring.
  • 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 final report submission.
  • Recipient must submit receipts for their expenses within 30 days after the activity has been completed to receive second payment.
  • Recipient must submit the written or video summary of their activity within 30 days after the activity.

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Interested Recipients Apply Below

Northland Chapter Education Fund - Mission

The Northland Chapter Education Fund mission is to fund and support activities* directly related to the advancement of the professional development of IIDA members in the geographic areas outlined in the structure of the chapter.

*Eligible activities must pertain to education, knowledge or research, within the interior design profession.

Northland Chapter Education Fund - More Info

Up to $5,000 will be distributed annually in varying amounts. The number of awards will vary each year.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form.
  • Description of the activity, clearly demonstrating how the activity meets the mission of the Northland Chapter Education Fund (NCEF).
  • Itinerary, if applicable.
  • An estimated budget for activity, including itemized list of anticipated expenses (ex: course registration fee, flight, hotel, food).
  • Description of additional funding you are seeking, including employer reimbursement.

Selection and Distribution

  • The Reimbursement Fund Committee will recommend recipients to the IIDA Northland Board of Directors.  The Board will vote to determine final award recipients. The Reimbursement Fund Committee and the Board reserve the right to award funds to any number of recipients, in any amount, including the right to select no recipients in any given year.
  • Spring recipients will typically be announced at the FAB Awards, and Fall recipients will typically be announced at Fusion+Fashion. Recipients will be notified approximately two weeks prior to each event.
  • Recipients may be recognized on the IIDA Northland web page and email newsletter after the public announcements at FAB and Fusion+Fashion.
  • Recipients may receive up to 50% of the amount awarded prior to the activity. The remaining 50% will be distributed when the recipient has submitted receipts and a blog post for IIDA Northland’s website.
Past Winners

Fall 2018 – Natasha Fonville – $750 – Weaving class
Fall 2018 – 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

The Northland Chapter Education Fund does not accept unsolicited requests for financial support and will determine and announce program opportunities as they are available.
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Professional Development Resources

Understanding the value of continuing education and research has been the mainstay of IIDA since its inception. Educated practitioners make informed, safe, and creative decisions which affect us all. Educational programs serve as a creative outlet to promote awareness regarding pertinent issues within the practice of Interior Design.

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For over 20 years IIDA Members have advanced the quality of life for their clients and the public by creating interior spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional, safe, and building code compliant – from state-of-the-art cancer treatment facilities to sustainable renovations of multi-story condominium complexes.


Whether you would like to get involved in a local election, join an interior design state legislative committee, or advance the knowledge of your clients and the public, IIDA Advocacy provides you the tools you need to leave a lasting impact on the policy process.

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Minnesota Interior Design Advocacy Announcement Letter

Dear colleagues and supporters of the Minnesota Interior Design Community,


On behalf of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Minnesota Chapter, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Northland Chapter, and the Minnesota Interior Design Legislative Action Committee (MIDLAC), we are pleased to announce a new leadership structure for interior design advocacy efforts in the state. In 1993, MIDLAC worked with legislators to pass a statute for the profession of interior design in Minnesota: an Act “recognizing the profession of interior designers to become certified in the state.”  Following this significant accomplishment, MIDLAC continued to serve as the legislative watchdog in the state on behalf of ASID MN, IIDA Northland and the interior design community. Recently, our organizations collectively took a critical look at the path to past endeavors as well as the path towards our future advocacy goals. Through this process, we learned that while the founding principles remain strong and relevant, our approach to advocacy is ready to evolve.


Two thriving professional interior design organization chapters here in Minnesota, ASID MN and IIDA Northland Chapter, share a passion for empowering and advocating for their members and the industry. Both IIDA and ASID have an abundancy of advocacy tools and guidance at a national level which will aid our chapter advocacy representatives in working together toward our shared mission to work for the advancement of the interior design profession in the state.


For three decades, the commitment of MIDLAC has resulted in notable accomplishments for our profession. We would like to acknowledge the many volunteers over the years who have worked on behalf of the interior design community. The legacy of these efforts and the mission and goals of the committee will be continued and built on through the IIDA and ASID local chapter advocacy partnership.


We thank the interior design community for its continued support of interior design advocacy, and we encourage you and your colleagues to continue with us into our promising future. More information about the advocacy efforts of ASID and IIDA will soon be available on the ASID MN and IIDA Northland Chapter websites.  If you have any further questions or would like to get involved, please contact IIDA Advocacy at or ASID’s Catherine Harrington at


Ariane Laxo IIDA, CID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC, President of IIDA Northland Chapter

Letitia Little Allied ASID , President of ASID MN

Christine Frisk ASID, Sharon Gibbons Retired CID, Past Presidents of MIDLAC