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Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) announces 2019 Project Grant Recipient


KirklandGraphicCostumeCoreThe Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to present the 2019 VRAF Project Grant in the amount of $3000 to Arden Kirkland, creator of the CostumeCore Toolkit, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

The CostumeCore Toolkit project will provide a toolkit to users, in order to streamline the process of setting up standards-based, interoperable metadata for collections related to the study of historic clothing. The VRAF Project Grant will allow Ms. Kirkland to update current templates in CSV/Excel formats, create plug-ins for Omeka S, templates and vocabulary for JSTOR Forum, and provide RDF extensions of VRA Core, incorporate AAT/EFT Uniform Resource Identifiers in CostumeCore, and create plugins and modules to support micro-thesauri for linked data. The CostumeCore Toolkit is currently utilized at Smith College and Vassar College, and will continue to be built-out with CostumeCore Toolkit user testing with those Colleges, Visual Resources Association members, and Costume Society of America members input and feedback. The project will allow the CC Toolkit to be available to the public under a Creative Commons BY- SA license.

In accordance with its mission to support broad access to visual information, the VRAF is pleased to support a project that extends metadata schemas and standards, and dissemination of templates about visual culture into expanded fields of inquiry.

The VRAF Project Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF to advance knowledge in the field of visual resources and image management and to provide educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to visual information in the digital age. For more information about the VRAF, the VRAF Project Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.com.


On behalf of the VRAF Board of Directors





2019 VRA Foundation Project Grant: Call for Applications

Call for Project Grant Applications Open! Deadline Extended to May 10, 2019, 11:59PM PST

The purpose of the VRA Foundation’s Project Grant is to provide support for projects in the field of visual resources and image management.  One grant is available in the spring 2019 cycle with up to $3,000 to be awarded.  The funds may be used for stand-alone projects, pilots or start-up financing for larger projects, or for a component of a larger project.  Collaborative projects and those proposed by groups, whether or not affiliated with an organization or institution, are encouraged.  Of particular interest are innovative projects with results that can have a broad impact and be shared with the global community.  Categories to be considered for funding would include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Metadata for Visual Media
  • Visual Media Cataloguing Standards
  • Visual Media Data Standards
  • Digitization Projects of Special or Unique Collections (Educational Institutions, Libraries, Museums)
  • Visual Literacy
  • Technology Development for Visual Media Management and Pedagogy
  • Intellectual Property Rights

The project must be completed within one year from the time the grant is formally accepted. The grant will be disbursed in two increments: $1500 at the start of the granting period, and $1500 pending the submission of a mid-project progress report. A final report, including a financial statement, on how the funds contributed to the project is due within one month of the project’s completion. Failure to complete the proposed project may result in the grantee returning the funds.

The VRA Foundation has United States Internal Revenue Service status as a 501c3 non-profit entity. All elements of a proposed project must be performed within the legal parameters of United States local, regional, and federal government requirements. International applications are welcome from institutions or individuals provided applicant institutions have the equivalent of US non-profit status and applicant individuals have a similar non-profit, educational purpose.


  • Applicants should be working in the field of visual resources and image management, and may include retirees, those currently unemployed, or students.
  • Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
  • Other applications for funding for the same project must be disclosed.
  • Former recipients of the grant are not eligible for a period of two years following their most recent award.

Grant monies may be used for:

  • Salaries and labor costs
  • Transportation costs
  • Cost of Materials (grants generally do not fund the purchase of office and other/related equipment)
  • Other appropriate expenses (as approved by VRAF)

Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs at institutions

Application and Review Cycle

For full consideration, please submit your application (https://forms.gle/wgJHo2CtvaR7FWmE9) by Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time.  The recipient of the VRAF Project Grant will be announced by May 24, 2019.

If you have further questions about the Project Grant Program or the application process, please contact the VRA Foundation Board of Directors at vrafoundation@gmail.com.

Visual Resources Association Foundation announces 2018 Project Grant recipient

The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to present the 2018 VRAF Project Grant in the amount of $3000 to James Sobczak, Digital Imaging Assistant II, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

The University of Washington has more than 81 Collections with over 250,000 digital assets depicted from its Special Collections in CONTENTdm. The University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design’s Visual Services Department oversees their in-house MDID Collection, ARTstor, and UW Image Bank. The VRAF Project Grant will allow University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design to digitize a collection donation of 26,800+ 35mm slides from Patricia Young, which will provide a stipend to graduate student employees. The graduate student employees will work 4.5 hours per week for an estimated 40 weeks with software and technology provided by the University of Washington and UW’s School of Art + Art History + Design. The graduate students will be spearheaded by three University of Washington team members with project management and supervisory role experiences. The PYC Collection will be housed in their MDID collection, which crosswalks with CONTENTdm for further outreach to researchers worldwide. This project will also allow the PYC Collection graduate student workers to improve upon the GIS linking of images, network mapping of metadata, and semantic query integration. In accordance with its mission to support broad access to visual information, the VRAF is pleased to support a project that extends digitization and dissemination of visual culture into expanded fields of inquiry.