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Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant

Grants up to $15,000 to support exhibition research that encourages, expands, and supports scholarly craft research in the United States.

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Started in 2005, the Craft Research Fund is the Center's first and longest-running grant program. This visionary and influential program is dedicated to supporting scholarly craft research in the United States by annually funding researchers, independent scholars, and curators.

Grant goals

Encourage

To encourage innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history

Expand

To investigate neglected questions on craft history and criticism

Support

To support new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in craft

Overview

2024 Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant

The Craft Research Fund was created to encourage, expand and support scholarly craft research in the United States.

Details

  • Award Amount:
  • Up to $15,000
  • Grant Period:
  • 18 months
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Timeline

  • Application Open:
  • June 20, 2023
  • Information Session:
  • August 8, 2023
  • Application Deadline:
  • October 5, 2023
  • Award Notification:
  • December 2023
  • Grant Period Begins:
  • January 1, 2024
  • Status Report Due:
  • September 30, 2024
  • Grant Period Ends:
  • August 30, 2025
  • Final Report Due:
  • August 30, 2025

2024 Craft Research Fund Exhibition - Eligibility

Proposals are welcome from museum, non-profit gallery, and independent curators.  

  • This grant is intended to support scholarly research and is not for the creation of artwork
  • This grant is not for the dissemination of already completed research

Applicants must be: 

  • Applicants must be able to receive taxable income in the U.S. for the duration of the grant and report this grant as income
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older

Applicants cannot be: 

  • Applicants cannot be disqualified persons, such as substantial contributors to the Center for Craft as well as current employees, consultants, or board members of the Center for Craft, or immediate family members of such a person.

If an applicant has been previously awarded a Center for Craft grant, but did not complete the project or is still in the progress of completing the project they are not eligible to apply. 

Applicants may only receive one Center for Craft grant and/or fellowship per year. Awards cannot be deferred to the next year due to outstanding applications or multiple awards.

The Center encourages applications from historically underrepresented populations. The Center for Craft prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or perceived disability, age, marital status, gender identity, veteran status, or any other protected category. Applying does not constitute a promise or guarantee of being awarded a grant.

Examples of craft research might include:

  • Research providing new insight into work by historical or contemporary craft artists in the United States 
  • Presenting a new understanding of the relationship between hand-made production and digital technologies
  • Providing a new contribution to the history of craft in the United States
  • Projects that place American craft in a global context
  • Or other topics that offer fresh perspectives within the craft field

USE OF FUNDS 

  • Grant funds may be used to support research activities including travel and living expenses, commissioning essays for contributors, documentation such as images or rights to use images or text, photocopies or other reproductions, and other incidental research expenses.
  • The grant awards are not for exhibition production, installation, exhibition travel or management.
  • This award does not cover publication printing costs or distribution 
  • For museums, galleries, universities, and organizations who are applying to the grant, please limit staffing and overhead costs to 15% of your total budget ask, i.e. if applying for $15,000 in support, total personnel and overhead costs should be a maximum of $2,250.
  • For individuals who are applying to the grant, please provide your rationale for your stipend or honorarium in the budget narrative.
  • For travel purposes, the Center for Craft recommends applicants use the following resources U.S. General Services Administration and Budget Your Trip.
  • No capital equipment purchases are eligible for support. Capital equipment is defined: laptops, recorders, printers, or other items not listed. 
  • For the purpose of this grant, the Center for Craft requires that all grant recipients provide financial remuneration to working artists for their time, labor, and services rendered towards the awarded project scope and goals. For remuneration estimates, we recommend consulting the floor wages listed on the Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) fee calculator website at https://wageforwork.com/feecalculator#top
  • When working with community members, the Center for Craft requires that all grant recipients provide financial remuneration for their time, labor, and services rendered toward the awarded project scope and goals

2024 Craft Research Fund Exhibition - Requirements

Research and projects must be completed within the designated timeline as proposed in the recipient application. Incomplete projects will result in the awardee having to rescind funds. Awardees will not be eligible to apply for a Center for Craft grant or fellowship opportunity in the future if the project remains incomplete.

Fifty percent (50%) of the grant funds will be distributed upon return of a signed grant agreement between the Center for Craft and the recipient of the recipient's W9.

Twenty percent (20%) of the grant funds will be distributed upon receipt of the project status report halfway through the grant period due September 20, 2023. The status report should include:

  • A synopsis of research conducted thus far, i.e, archives, sites, institutions visited, interviews
  • Where you are in your proposed research timeline (as presented in the application)
  • How the funding has been thus far
  • If there are changes to your research timeline or planned outcome please submit a revised project description outlining the current status of your proposal and any timeline or budget adjustments as they develop the Grant Program Manager - Research & Ideas for approval.

Thirty percent (30%) of the grant funds will be distributed upon receipt of recipient's final report and two copies of any publication produced as a result of the research grant award. Research and final reports must be completed in 18 months, with a deadline of August 30, 2024. If there is no publication, then applicants must provide a copy of the completed research in full. The final report should include:

  • 3-5 images relating to the research
  • Attendance and audience engagement numbers from conferences, workshops, symposiums, and exhibitions associated with funded research.
  • Exhibitions narrative and research outcomes
  • Budget report

Recipients will acknowledge support from the “Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant administered by the Center for Craft” in any publications or presentations resulting from the grant.

The Center for Craft reserves the right to limit support of a project to a particular portion(s) or cost(s).

2024 Craft Research Fund Exhibition - Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by staff of the Center for Craft for completeness and evaluated by am outside review panel, who are recognized craft scholars, faculty and/or curators, free of any conflict of interest, based on the following criteria:

  • If completed properly, the proposal will advance scholarship and knowledge on craft in the United States
  • The plan for dissemination identifies the audience, is reasonable, and has supporting documentation as appropriate
  • The project is feasible based on the timeline, expertise, and budget reflected in the application
  • The project addresses the goals of the Craft Research Fund
  • The project is consistent with and furthers the mission of the Center for Craft.

Considerations in final selection:

The Center for Craft respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We foster open communication of diverse perspectives and bring a broad range of individuals together to enrich and support programming. Ultimately we will ask the Selection Panel to compose a set of recipients deserving of further recognition while prioritizing diversity, both in and outside of academia, and representing a range of geographies, materials, and communities served.

The Center for Craft reserves the right to limit support of a project to a particular portion(s) or cost(s).

2024 Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant - How to Apply

GRANT ORIENTATION: A virtual application information session will be held on Tuesday, August 8, from 4 - 5 pm ET. The information session recording will be made available on the Center for Craft website.

DEADLINE: Applications for the 2024 Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59 pm ET on October 5, 2023.

NOTIFICATION: Notification of the results will be sent via email in December 2023. The grant period will begin on January 1, 2024. The email address listed on the application form will be sued to send out notifications. Please be sure that it is a valid account that you check regularly.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must apply using the online application program SlideRoom at http://www.centerforcraft.slideroom.com. Please review the sample application below before beginning your application. Please note there is a separate application for each Craft Research Fund category.

All applicants should create a login to be able to partially complete the form and return to finish it at a later date. Before submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you will be able to review your form and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access your form again. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted.

SAMPLE APPLICATION

2024 Craft Research Fund – Exhibition Grant

This is only a sample application, all applications much be completed in SlideRoom.

Demographic Survey

The Center for Craft is committed to diversifying our audiences and to providing equitable and accessible programming - in order to do so, we need to know who our audiences are. Additionally, many of our funders ask that we report on the demographics of our audiences. Please note that the data from the demographics section will only be used anonymously for grant writing and reporting. Completion of this survey will in no way affect your application. If you are applying as a collaborative or organization please select the option "Not applicable." You must complete the form, however, you may answer each question with the "prefer not to answer" option. Thank you.

  1. What age group best describes you?
  2. Which of the following best describes your gender identity? (Select all that apply)
  3. Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation? (Select all that apply)
  4. which of the following best describes your race/ethnicity? (Select all that apply)
  5. What is your total annual household income?
  6. Do you identity as having a disability? (such as a physical disability, a cognitive or learning disability, sensory sensitivity or Autism Spectrum Disorder, or metal illness)
  7. What is the highest level of schooling you have completed or the highest degree you have completed? If currently enrolled, mark the highest level/degree already received.
  8. How did you learn about this opportunity?
  9. Have you previously applied for a Center for Craft grant/fellowship?

Cover Sheet 

  1. Name (applicant(s), collective, organization) and your title (if applicable - w/ an organization or institution)
  2. Exhibition title (up to 15 words, 85 character limit)
  3. Institution website or website related to exhibition
  4. Grant amount requested (up to $15,000)
  5. Are you over 18 years old (yes or no)
  6. Are you able to receive taxable income in the U.S. for the duration of the project period (yes or no)

Application

1. Please provide a summary of your research proposal (no more than 50 words, 300 character limit)

2. Please provide the exhibition description in no more than 1,000 words (2 pages, 6,000 character limit) please address the following:

  • Focus of exhibition and relevance to the advancement of craft in the United States
  • Goals and objectives of the exhibition
  • The exhibition curator(s)
  • Curatorial research approach
  • Please provide included historiography for the ideas central to this exhibition, including identifying three other scholars who have written significant works on/around your topic, and describe how your work parallels and pushes the topic forward.
  • Dissemination plan (exhibition dates, catalog, online presence, etc.)

3. Please includes were the curator will travel and who they will work with to conduct research for the exhibition. This may include scholars, historians, folklorists, archivists, writers, sites, museums, institutions, and other collaborators not listed.

4. Please provide a list of at least 10 sources that you will utilize in the exhibition and curatorial research. This may include a list of previous exhibitions on or related to the proposed subject area, books, articles, journals, websites, catalogs, and or other publications. (500 words)

5. Timeline (form provided in SlideRoom). Please provide a timeline and schedule for completing the exhibition research and exhibition opening. The grant period begins on January 1, 2024. Research must be completed by August 30, 2025 (18 months from start date).

6. Budget Income Form (provided in SlideRoom). The budget income form is to note if you have additional sources of secured or anticipated (prospected) income. In addition, please list the total amount requested from the Craft Research Fund here. Please list no more than 10 items.

Examples of income:

  • other grants secured/prospected;
  • support from institutions (school or university support);
  • in-kind support (for example percentages of salaries or hourly rates for time commitments)

7. Budget Expense Form for your proposal (provided in SlideRoom). Please list no more than 15 items. The minimum budget request should be $5,000; the maximum budget request should be $15,000. Projects may exceed $15,000 if other support is listed in the budget.

Expense examples:

  • Support Stipends/Honoraria (List research assistants with names)
  • Travel/Expenses (include lodging and meals, itemized per destination). For travel purposes, the Center for Craft recommends applicants use the following resources U.S. General Services Administration and Budget Your Trip.
  • in-kind support (for example percentages of salaries or hourly rates for time commitments)

8. Budget Narrative. Please provide a narrative for any budget items that require further explanation (500 words or less 3,000 character limit).

Attachments

  • Optional Media Attachment: Image(s), articles, PDF, or other supporting documents that complement or add clarity to the proposal.

Allowed Media Types: 

  • Images (up to 5MB each) 
  • Video (up to 250MB each) 
  • Audio (up to 30MB each) 
  • PDFs (up to 10MB each)
  • 3D Models via Sketchfab 
  • External media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud Only

You have the option of uploading any combination of images or video links (from hosting sites such as Vimeo, Flickr, or YouTube.) During the review process, only the first 2 minutes of each video sample, so please edit your materials accordingly. Images should be in a JPEG format no larger than 1600 pixels on any side @ 300 dpi. Name each jpeg file with “Last NameImageTitleNumber.jpg,” i.e., “SmithUntitled1.jpg”, “SmithUnititled2.jpg” etc. Each uploaded image or video link must be accompanied by a corresponding image description (up to 50 words). Please include title, date, medium, size, and a short description of each uploaded image or media file.

2024 Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant - FAQ

Where can I find information about previous recipients of the Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant?

Check out our online Grant Recipient Archive here. You can sort by grant opportunity by clicking on “Grant” or search “Exhibition” in the search Filter.

What is the final deadline for submitting my online application form?

Applications for 2024 Craft Research Fund - Exhibition grants must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59 pm ET on October 5, 2023.

May I mail a hard copy of my application materials to the Center for Craft’s office?

No, hard copy submissions will not be accepted. The application must be completed and submitted through SlideRoom.

Can I work on my application and return to complete it at a later date?

Yes, creating a login account will enable you to complete the form in several online sessions.

I just submitted my application but I want to return to it and make an edit. Is this possible?

No, once your application is submitted, you will not be able to return to the form or change any submitted information. The application fee must also be paid at the time of submitting your application as you will not be able to login in again to access the payment page again.

I have previously received a Center for Craft grant. Am I eligible to apply? 

Yes 

I have previously received a Center for Craft grant but did not complete the project or am still in the progress of completing the project I was funded for. Am I eligible to apply? 

No

Are applicants responsible for obtaining copyrights to documents, images, and manuscripts included in their research? 

Yes

Are collaboratives allowed to apply?

Collaboratives are welcome to apply. There must be one fiduciary agent for the group or one person who will receive the award funds as this person will be responsible for paying taxes on the award amount funded.

Who can I contact with questions?

For any questions, please contact Mellanee Goodman, Grant Program Manager Research & Ideas at mgoodman@centerforcraft.org or call (828) 785 - 1357 ext. 103.

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Meet the 2020
Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant Recipients

The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2020 Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grants.

Museum of Arts and Design

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Materials that Make a Difference

$15,000

Support for Materials that Make a Difference (opening February 2020), a multi-year exhibition featuring the Museum’s permanent collection that highlights the multiple historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts for craft in the post-World War II era.

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Milwaukee Art Museum

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Currents 38: Christy Matson

$5,000

Support of a publication and the production of educational materials related to the exhibition, Currents 38: Christy Matson, presenting the work of the highly skilled weaver, Christy Matson.

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Cranbrook Art Museum

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Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock

$8,000

Craft Research Fund Grant to present a retrospective exhibition, monograph, and short film documenting the work of Olga de Amaral. Olga de Amaral, one of the most recognized names in Latin American art, lives and works in her native Bogotá, Colombia. Tracing the artist’s career over five decades, Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock is the artist’s first major museum retrospective in the United States, consisting of some 60 works that elucidate her seminal influence and technical innovations. The artist was first introduced to the medium of fiber during her studies with Marianne Strengell at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1954-1955. Since that time her work has prolifically evolved beyond the functional qualities of weaving into more experimental and sculptural woven forms.

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Shannon Stratton

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$6,000

Support for SOFTWARE, an exhibition that overlays histories of weaving, technology, and women's labor with modern and contemporary artworks drawn from the digital and fiber studio disciplines at The Mint Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum.

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Meet the 2024 
Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant Recipients

The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2024 Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grants. This year three institutions will receive a total of $22,500 to support craft-centered exhibition research in the United States.

Layo Bright Anacardium occidentalis (Epo cashew), 2019 Ghana-Must-Go bag, pottery, gele, pigment, wood, mixed media 28 x 23.5 x 18 inches Courtesy of the artist Photo: Rebecca Ou

Layo Bright Anacardium occidentalis (Epo cashew); Photo Credit: Rebecca Ou

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Layo Bright: Dawn and Dusk

$5,000

This research supports the first solo museum exhibition of Nigerian sculptor Layo Bright at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Bright’s practice centers narratives of ancestry, feminism, mass migration, and the African diaspora using blown and kiln-formed glass, pottery, and textiles.

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Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy, born 1978), Observer (detail), 2022, ash, sweetgrass, porcupine quill on birch bark, and dye, 13 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄2 inches. Collection of Carole Katz, California. © Jeremy Frey. Image courtesy Eric Stoner

Image courtesy Eric Stoner

Portland Museum of Art

Jeremy Frey: Woven

$8,000

This research supports the travel and documentation for the upcoming exhibition, "Jeremy Frey: Woven," opening at the Portland Museum of Art in May 2024. Frey is a seventh-generation Passamaquoddy basket maker and leading knowledge keeper of his craft.

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Hala Grove on Hawai'i Island - Photo by Udi Mandel

Hala Grove on Hawai'i Island - Photo by Udi Mandel

Enlivened Cooperative

What does Hala want?

$9,500

In support of research and the development of a co-designed exhibition celebrates hala, a plant central to traditional Hawaiian material culture and cosmology and brings together traditional weavers, artists, cultural practitioners, natural resource managers and scientists in Hawaii to envision hopeful futures.

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