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Celebrating a Century of Visual Wonders.

Celebrate harder - a Contest for the best Local Projects

Call for local Project Ideas

Category Picture Domecasting Series

Enter your Project Idea for a chance to win a 1000 USD grant towards your local project celebrating the Centennial of the Planetarium!

Grants to support local projects – Submission Guidelines

Main goal:

The Planetarium Centennial year must be a globally celebrated anniversary. The idea of offering grants to develop activities, exhibitions, shows, inclusive materials and much more during the centennial celebration, from 2023 to 2025, consists of a way to promote this global celebration.

1 Announcement and organization

IPS will be in charge of the announcement, proposal evaluation and grant distribution, as well as the evaluation of the projects resulting from the granted awards.

– The project ideas shall be submitted through Centennial web page
– The announcement of the grants was be made on October 14th, 2022
– The submission of project ideas will be open until March 31st, 2023
– The grants will be awarded to the winning proposals by May 31st, 2023 – The projects shall start in 2023 or 2024, but can be developed until 2025

2 Projects

The Centennial grants will be distributed to different types of projects.. In any case, the projects have to be directly related to the Centennial year celebrations. Projects can be developed considering:

A) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: To design materials and/or activities that promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in line with the centennial celebration. Examples for this could be, e.g., 3D printing of tactile materials, or the translation of the fulldome show to sign language.

B) Events: To promote one (or more) special event(s) for the Centennial year, including music, theater, special guests or any inspiring idea. It could be your planetarium anniversary, the planetarium association anniversary or the planetariums anniversary.

C) “Go Mobile”: A grant can be used to help mobile planetariums to travel. Such travel may include the centennial fulldome show and might include teachers’ training courses, night sky observations, a new exhibition or much more. A grant might enable to visit as many cities as possible, or to travel to places that have never been visited before by a planetarium.
Each project application shall be delivered in a 2 pages text, with the following information:
1)  Name of the proponent;
2)  Planetarium of the proponent;
3)  City and Country of the proponent;
4)  Other members of the project and their affiliation;
5)  Detailed Budget (Maximum USD 1.000,00) and
6)  Schedule of the project.

Applications shall describe how the grant will help to promote EDI, and how the products developed can be shared with other planetariums. Please mention the expertise and resources on which the project will be based. Applications shall also describe how the grant will help to reach new audiences that would not normally visit a planetarium, and which groups of persons in general will be reached by the project activities. If the project will be presented in different cities, don’t forget to include the cities that shall be visited.

3 Eligible Applicants

The call for proposals shall be published publicly online. Anyone can submit a proposall. Submissions are restricted to one application per proponent. Applications will be accepted from individual persons, groups of individuals, and from institutional applicants.

A jury will evaluate the applications, and based on the evaluations make a decision to which
applications to award a grant. The jury‘s decisions will be final and cannot be appealed.
The jury will be instated by IPS, and shall be composed of representatives of IPS or its affiliates,
media experts, and artists. The decisions of the jury will be made by majority vote and cannot be
legally challenged. 

4 Grants

Each project idea submission can apply for a grant of up to USD 1.000,00. IPS will fund a total of USD 15.000,00, i.e., at least 15 grants. Additional grants could be offered depending on possible additional sponsorship support.

5 Presentation of the granted projects

The granted projects shall produce a written report (10 to 20 pages) and a video report (10 to 15min) to be presented in the closing ceremony, in 2025.
IPS encourages each recipient of a grant to share their project news on social media using the #planetarium100 hashtag.

6 License

All materials and activities developed by the granted projects shall be licensed under CC BY 4.0 (free to use, distribute and create over it). The project products, e.g., 3D models, fulldome shows, exhibitions etc shall also be distributed through the Centennial webpage.
jury will evaluate the applications, and based on the evaluations make a decision to which
applications to award a grant. The jury‘s decisions will be final and cannot be appealed.
The jury will be instated by IPS, and shall be composed of representatives of IPS or its affiliates,
media experts, and artists. The decisions of the jury will be made by majority vote and cannot be
legally challenged.