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Northland Chapter Education Fund




The Northland Chapter Education Fund (NCEF) is unique to IIDA Northland.
No other chapter gives back to their members in this manner, directly helping them further their education, knowledge, or research within the interior design profession. A percentage of every chapter sponsorship contributes to this fund, and up to $5,000 is awarded annually. Since 2015, we have awarded thousands of dollars back to our members through the education fund. This has helped designers attend conferences, grow their technical skills, and attend business school. In 2017, we will be privileged to offer a series of drawing workshops to our members based off of one recipient’s travels in Europe.


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

Reimbursement Fund - Applications are CLOSED

The Reimbursement Fund was established with funds from the IIDA Northland Chapter Education Fund (NCEF), 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 are required to submit receipts to IIDA Northland within 30 days after the activity has been completed.

Within 30 days after the activity, award recipients must submit a written or video summary of their activity for use as a blog post on the IIDA Northland webpage and/or social media accounts. This post 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.

  • To receive early review and feedback, submit your application by 5pm on January 26th.
  • Final applications must be submitted by February 9, 2018
  • Recipient(s) will be announced at the FAB Awards
  • 50% of the awarded amount will be distributed to the recipient prior to the activity
  • Recipient must submit receipts for their expenses within 30 days after the activity has been completed
  • Recipient must submit the written or video summary of their activity within 30 days after the activity
  • The remaining 50% of the reimbursement will be distributed after receipts have been received and the deliverable has been completed


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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 NCEF Committee will recommend recipients to the board. The Board will vote to determine final award recipients. The NCEF 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 be announced at the FAB Awards, and Fall recipients will be announced at Fusion+Fashion. Recipients will be notified approximately two weeks prior.
  • Recipients will 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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