The federal government is expected to announce on Thursday that it is giving the first-ever grants to students to create new fonts for federal buildings.
The federal Office of Information and Privacy (OIP) said Thursday it is sending a letter to the states asking for permission to award the grants, as part of the federal Building Information System Improvement Act.
The letter is a continuation of OIP’s request for grants under the Building Information Act for the construction of a new federal building.
It asks for proposals for the first of six “bulk fonts” in 2017 and 2018.
The federal Building and Infrastructure Administration will determine if the buildings it wants to receive the fonts can be built in the current federal building program, and if so, what font the building will use.
It also wants to make sure the font is consistent with other federal buildings in its district.OIP said it is interested in the designs because it would enable the use of new fonts that would be designed for a new building.
The fonts will also be used for buildings that will be constructed or renovated within the next few years, according to the letter.
“Our goal is to provide these fonts for all federal buildings, regardless of size or type,” said OIP Director Michael Kappeler.
“They will be used by the federal government for all buildings, whether they be buildings in Washington, D.C., or buildings on the ground floor of a building.”
The building information system is a system of data-sharing between federal agencies that helps coordinate their use of information.
Oip said it will also look at using the new fonts to develop fonts for other federal facilities, like schools.