Financial Grant Program

The 2023 Grant Program is NOW OPEN

Due to the tremendous response, the PGSF Grant Program is paused. Look for updates in the future. Questions – Email

Who Can Apply

PGSF invites those institutions and instructors directly engaged in Graphic Communication, Visual and Design Technology and Print-centric educational programs to apply. These include high schools, trade schools, junior and community college associate programs, four-year colleges, and universities, along with Masters and Doctorate Degree programs. There are limited funds available annually to be used for a variety of purposes. These can include specific requests that will support furthering students’ education and exposure to print, packaging, and related industries.

Requests can include:

  • Registration and travel expenses for students to attend industry expos and events
  • Fees associated with thought leaders and experts to attend and present at a relevant event hosted by the institution
  • Purchase of equipment to complement a program and expand the school’s current curriculum 

Restrictions and other considerations apply. A committee will review all applications and awards on merit and as funds allow as outlined in the PGSF bylaws. 

About Our Grant Program

As the main objective of PGSF is to support educators and students in graphic communications, we were thrilled with the response in 2022! We awarded over $83,000 and are budgeted to distribute even more in 2023. Funds in 2022 were used in a variety of ways, including equipment purchases and student travel expenses to attend print-related competitions along with off-campus course offerings. It is wonderful to see the curriculum being used to teach students the career opportunities in graphic communications and the interest instructors have shown in their student’s success.

Grant Recipient Testimonials

The college took their trip to the Phoenix Challenge College Competition this past weekend. We left last Friday and got back late Wednesday night. The trip was incredible. The team won the "Excellence in Execution" award for their project. This means that they were recognized as incorporating the best technical application of skill to their project. Essentially, this means they had the best print. They did not win the marketing or design category, but I'm fine with that. Execution is the hard one to win. Beyond that, the conference and trade show was extremely successful. The students were so engaging and dynamic. They all got a big stack of business cards. One of our students got 3 job offers. Also, not a single ounce of unflattering behavior at any point of the trip. I am amazed at how well-behaved they were. We cannot express how much this meant to the students and their futures in the industry.

– Zachery Blackburn Program Chair, Graphic Arts/Flexography Faculty Fellow, Parr Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Central Piedmont Community College