Sappi Fine Paper Partners with Project M at HOW Design Conference

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[prMac.com] Boston, Mass - Today Sappi Fine Paper North America announced that it has extended the deadline for entries for the 2009 Ideas that Matter design grant program to the postmarked date of July 31.

To promote this grant program that supports social causes, for the recent HOW Design Conference in Austin, Sappi Fine Paper North America partnered with Project M, to find out the social causes and other ideas that were top of mind among conference attendees through a fun, brainstorm activity held at Sappi's exhibition booth. Separate from the official Ideas that Matter grant program, the activity was held to inspire attendees to submit entries.

Professionals from Project M, an intensive summer design program created by John Bielenberg in 2003 to inspire young designers to use their talents to make a positive impact in the world, helped solicit ideas from HOW Design Conference attendees. Project M will be implementing the winning concept of "Living Life to Its Fullest," by Jenny Leonard, Razviti Creative of Houston, Texas, whose personal experiences include volunteering in Vanuatu to bring sustainable healthcare to the community. Professional designers and HOW Design Conference speakers: Brian Jones, Project M; Peleg Top, Top Design Studio; Michael Osborne, Michael Osborne Design; Mark Randall, World Studio; and Arvi Raquel-Santos, Weymouth Design, served as judges to select the winning concept.

About Ideas that Matter
Since 1999, Sappi's Ideas that Matter program has awarded $9 million worldwide in grants to support causes that range from youth centers and health care awareness to wildlife protection and sustainability. Individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups, who are performing pro bono work for a nonprofit organization can apply for an Ideas that Matter grant. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project and may be used to cover implementation and out-of-pocket costs. This year's Ideas that Matter winners will be announced this fall. For more information, visit their website or call 800-882-4332.

Sappi Fine Paper North America is a leading North American producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Sappi Fine Paper North America is known for innovation and quality. Its brand names, including McCoy, LOE, Opus, and Somerset, are some of the industry's most widely recognized and specified. SFPNA is a division of Sappi Limited (NYSE, JSE, LSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations on four continents in nine countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi Fine Paper North America on our website.

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