OSL Grant Application

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OSL Grant brief

Open Style Lab (OSL) aims to expand inclusive design practice and raise awareness through making. Part of our mission are three pillars: (1) to raise awareness, (2) to educate our community, and (3) to foster R&D tools for the community. In honor of International Disability Day (Dec. 3), OSL is providing grant awards of $500 each for applicants who are creating next-stage prototypes of a well-formed idea, one that raises awareness for the inclusion of people with disabilities by creating work that can be shared with the public as learning tools.

This award is meant to help fund basic design needs such as cost of material costs and travel*. The award looks for practical next-level iteration of a design service or product that is focused on accessibility related to style or fashion. The project must be accessible to and for public use in the form of photos, video, and/or a short written testimony. Award winners will be asked to provide a followup of how the award was used in a written report with images to be submitted to OSL no later than May 20, 2019.

*The award does not cover salary compensation or outsourcing of services. It also does not provide for promotional costs nor food.

Deadline for Applications: January 21, 2019

Notification of Award: February 11, 2019

Deadline for Submission of Completed Project: May 20, 2019

Requirements: Applicants must be OSL fellows, past clients, or current enrolled students in a university or higher-level educational institution. Open to U.S. residents only.

Name *
Phone *
Address *
What is your project and what challenge are you looking to address? Who is your target user?
What is unique about your product or service compared to similar existing solutions in the market?
What inspired your product or service? What qualifies you to execute this project?
How does your project support accessibility opportunities for people with disabilities and the elderly?
Please submit a project timeline and a budget outlining how you plan to spend the award. Are you planning to seek other sources of funding? If so, please list them here.
What is your long-term vision for this project beyond the timeline specified above?
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Do you agree to allow OSL to share your work publicly via mediums including but not limited to, photos, interviews, and videos?
Check One *
Do you consent to completing and submitting the followup report by May 20, 2019?