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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.

Regional Workshop Registration Open for Something Mappy This Way Comes: An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies

Register before the Holiday season is over–Ready to register? Click here.

Something Mappy This Way Comes: An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies with Instructor, Justin Madron

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop

Hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR
January 25, 2019

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation

Workshop Description:

This workshop will be a crash course in Digital Humanities mapping and related technologies. Examples of digital platforms will be given, with discussion of strengths, weaknesses, and budgets. Participants will learn about current DH mapping projects from the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab and do a deep dive into what makes them successful and cutting edge. Discussions of data workflows and best practices will set the stage for learning about digital storytelling. Lastly, you will work with primary source data sets to create a digital mapping project that allows users to explore historical information with 21st century mapping technology.

Schedule for January 25, 2019:

  • 8:45- 9:15 Arrival
  • 9:15 Introductions
  • 9:30-10:30 Mapping in the Digital Humanities – An Introduction
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Collecting Data and Digital Storytelling
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch on Own / Informal DH Project Brainstorming
  • 1:30-2:45 Creating Spatial Data from Primary Sources
  • 2:45-3:00 Coffee Break
  • 3:00-4:00 Building a Digital Mapping Project


Justin Madron is the Digital Scholarship Lab’s GIS Project Manager & Analyst at the University of Richmond (VA). He is in charge of GIS related tasks and technologies required for the production and maintenance of the digital atlas of American history project. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Environmental Studies with a focus on Geographical Information Systems and Technologies. His graduate research was on the historical and present reforestation of red spruce in the Appalachian Mountains.


The workshop fee is $125. You may register for the workshop HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: On-site registrations will not be accepted for this workshop.

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director, bwodnick@princeton.edu


Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until January 11, 2019. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After January 11, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on January 25, 2019, if inclement weather prevents either the instructor or a large number of participants from attending, the workshop will be rescheduled. Refunds of the registration fee will only be issued if you are unable to attend the workshop on the rescheduled date. The VRAF is not responsible for refunding any previously made travel or lodging arrangements.

Local Information

Workshop Location:

The workshop will be held in Room 102 of Mullins Library, on the University of Arkansas campus. Room 102 is on the lower level of Mullins, and may be reached by stairs or elevators from the west end of the building (facing the Arkansas Union). Signage is posted throughout the library, and library staff will also be happy to help point you in the right direction! Room 102 includes desktop computers at each workstation; there are also outlets, should you wish to bring your own laptop or tablet.


The Stadium Drive Parking Garage (380 N. Stadium Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72701) connects to the Arkansas Union, which is across from the Mullins Library, where the workshop will be held. It is less than a five minute walk from the library. There is an hourly charge of $1.75.

For more information about parking on campus, please refer to: https://parking.uark.edu/parking-services/parking-garages/index.php

Depending on where you’re staying in town, you may wish to take the free campus shuttle, Razorback Transit, which has limited routes to downtown and other areas. Those staying at the Chancellor may take the brown line; the purple line runs near several hotels in west Fayetteville. For a transit map, see https://parking.uark.edu/transit-services/transit-operations/maps-and-schedules.php

Air travel:

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is approximately a 30 minute drive from campus. There is a rental car service at the airport, and several shuttle services available, if booked beforehand.

Public Transportation:

Approximately $65 for shuttle or taxi/Uber/Lyft service from the airport. There is no public transportation.


Comfort Inn & Suites ($84/night). 1234 Steamboat Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72704 (chain hotel about 2.7 miles from Mullins Library, just off the interstate). https://www.choicehotels.com/arkansas/fayetteville/comfort-inn-hotels/ar215?brand=CI

Chancellor Hotel ($129/night). 70 N East Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701(boutique hotel about 1.4 miles from Mullins Library, downtown). www.hotelchancellor.com

Inn at Carnall Hall ($149/night). 465 Arkansas Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (historic inn about 0.3 miles from Mullins library, on campus). https://www.innatcarnallhall.com

Stay-Inn-Style Bed and Breakfast ($95+/night). 117 W Rock St, Fayetteville, AR (bed and breakfast about 1.2 miles from Mullins Library, just south of downtown). https://www.bbonline.com/united-states/arkansas/fayetteville/stayinnstyle.html

Lunch options nearby (Please note that the registration fee does not include lunch costs.)

View a Google map of the below restaurants.

There are a number of on-campus options: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/campus-dining-map:

Arkansas Union [across from Mullins Library]:

Flying Burrito: http://flyingburritoco.com/menu/

Pei Wei: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/todays-menu

Where the Wild Greens AR: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/todays-menu

Au Bon Pain: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/todays-menu

True Burger: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/todays-menu

Heading east of campus, towards the Dickson Street entertainment district, you’ll also find a number of local restaurants, including:

Wifi Information:

Wi-fi will be provided free of charge for all participants.

Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the venue, contact Lori Birrell, Head of Special Collections, University Libraries, 479-575-8443, lbirrell@uark.edu

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Board Director, bwodnick@princeton.edu or Sonya Coleman, workshop liaison, sonya.coleman@lva.virginia.gov