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Craft Research Fund Project Grant

Grants up to $15,000 awarded to support projects that encourage, expand, and support scholarly craft research in the United States.

Beaded fan for the orisha of river goddess Oshun. Image by Martin Tsang.

The Craft Research Fund - Project Grant is one of three categories that make up the Craft Research Fund, a visionary program dedicated to supporting scholarly craft research in United States. Since 2005 the Center annually grants $95,000 to academic researchers, independent scholars, curators, and graduate students writing, revising, and reclaiming the history of craft. In 2019, the Center added an additional $40,000 Artist Fellowship category to support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.

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

2022 Craft Research Fund Project 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

Timeline

  • Applications Open:
  • June 4, 2021
  • Grant Orientation:
  • Sept 9, 2021
  • Deadline:
  • Oct 4, 2021
  • Notification:
  • Dec 2021
  • Grant Period Begins:
  • Jan 2022
  • Grant Period Ends:
  • June 2023

2022 Craft Research Fund Project Grant - Eligibility

- Proposals are welcome from academic researchers and independent scholars.  

- Grant funds may be used for research related expenses including travel, honoraria for contributors, salary for independent researchers, and/or support documentation such as images or rights to use images or text, as part of the research yet to be completed.

- The grant awards are not for the printing or dissemination of already completed research.

- 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 financial determination of your stipend or honorarium in the budget narrative.

- No capital equipment purchases are eligible for support.

- 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/fee-calculator#top

- 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 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.

- This grant is intended to support scholarly research and is not for the creation of artwork.

- Applicants may either apply for the Craft Research Fund Project Grant or the Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant, but may not apply for both grants in the same year.

Examples of scholarly craft research might include:

  • Research providing new insight into work by historical or contemporary craft artists in the U.S. or U.S. territories
  • Projects presenting a new understanding of the relationship between hand-made production and digital technologies
  • Contributions to the history of the studio craft movement in the United States
  • Projects placing American craft in a global context
  • Or other topics that offer fresh perspectives within the field

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. The Center encourages applications from historically under-represented populations. Submitting an application does not constitute a promise or guarantee of being awarded a grant or fellowship.

2022 Craft Research Fund Project Grant - Requirements

- Seventy percent of the grant will be awarded upon execution of the grant agreement and receipt of the awardee’s W9. 

- Recipients will provide a status report on the project half way through the grant period (September 30, 2022).

- Recipients must provide content for at least one blog post.

- The final thirty percent of the grant will be awarded upon receipt of a final report to include a project narrative, a budget report and two copies of any publication produced as a result of the research grant. Project and final report must be completed in 18 months, with a deadline of July 1, 2023. If there is no publication, then provide a copy of the completed research in full.

-The Center for Craft recognizes that some projects that include publications may take longer than the designated timeframe of the grant award to publish finalized research. The Center will work with the grant recipient to disburse funds at the date of the Center’s receipt of final, published material, even as that date furthers from the original timeline of the grant period.

- Recipients will acknowledge support from “Center for Craft Craft Research Fund” 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).

2022 Craft Research Fund Project Grant - Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by staff of the Center for Craft for completeness and evaluated by peer-review of readers, 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
  • Representation and/or visibility - priority will be given to those who are underrepresented in the field.
  • 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).

2022 Craft Research Fund Project Grant - How to Apply

GRANT ORIENTATION: Thursday, September 9, 3 - 4 pm ET

DEADLINE: The application for 2022 Craft Research Fund - Project Grant must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59 pm EST on October 4, 2021.

NOTIFICATION: Notification of the results will be sent via e-mail by the end of December 2021 for a start date of January 1, 2022. The e-mail address listed on the application form will be used 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.

2022 Craft Research Fund – Project Grant SAMPLE APPLICATION

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

Cover sheet

1. Name (applicant/s and/or organization)

2. Your title

3. Your personal or project specific website

4. Grant amount requested (up to $15,000) 

5. Are you over the age of 18? (yes or no) 

6. Are you able to receive income in the United States or U.S. territories that is taxable by the United States or U.S. territories for the duration of the project period? (yes or no) 

7. Please provide a project title (up to 15 words, 85 character limit) 

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

Application

1. Please provide a one-page summary of your proposal (500 words or less/ 3,000 character limit):

  • Research question and relevance to the advancement of craft in the United States
  • Goals and objectives of the project
  • Research methodology
  • Outcome - Proposals must clearly identify the intended outcome of the research that will be completed within the 18 month grant period, including audiences and/or publishing opportunities.  These may include stand-alone publications, peer-reviewed journals, papers presented at a scholarly conference, university colloquium or public forum, or online publications.  
  • Dissemination plan - If project includes an online or ongoing component please describe your sustainability maintenance plan.

2. Identify three other scholars who have written the most significant works on/around your topic, and describe how your work parallels and pushes the topic forward (500 words or less/ 3,000 character limit).

3. Timeline and schedule for completing the project. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2023 (18 months from start date). 4,000 character limit

4. Budget Expense Form. Provided in SlideRoom. Examples for Expenses: Support Stipends/Honoraria (List research assistants with names); itemized by location- Travel/Expenses (include lodging and meals); Contracted Services (such as photography); Materials/Equipment. Please list no more than 30 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.

5. Budget Income Form. Provided in SlideRoom. Please list the total amount requested from the Craft Research Fund here. If you have additional sources of secured or anticipated (prospected) income, please list them here. Examples for 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). Please list no more than 10 items.

6. Budget Narrative. Please provide a narrative for any budget items that require further explanation. (4,000 character limit) 

7. Attachment: CV of relevant education and experience (no more than 2 pages).

8. Attachment: Please provide the project description in (no more than 5 pages, in no less than 12 point type)

9. Bibliography with at least ten sources. (10,000 character limit) 

10. Please provide two letters of support. One letter of support from a scholar in the field who has expertise pertinent to the project and is not affiliated with this project and one letter of support from an institution, publication, organization, and/or participant, other than the applicant, who is affiliated with the project. References should be requested through your application in SlideRoom and are due at the same time as the application, October 4 (11:59pm EST), 2021.

11. Optional Media Attachment: Page for image/s that compliment or add clarity to the proposal (Image or PDF).

2022 Craft Research Fund Project Grant - FAQ

Can my graduate advisor write a supporting letter of reference for me?

Yes, and we recommend that graduate advisors write letters of support for applicants.

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

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

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

The application for 2022 Craft Research Fund - Project grants must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59 pm EST on October 4, 2021.

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 log-in again to access the payment page again.

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I have a question that wasn’t answered. How can I reach the Center for Craft?

If you have any further questions, please contact grants@centerforcraft.org.

recipients

Meet the 2020
Craft Research Fund Project Grant Recipients

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

Julie Leonard

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$15,000

University of Iowa Center for the Book

Support for Julie Leonard (Associate Professor of Book Arts, University of Iowa Center for the Book) for the Book Arts Digital Database, which will provide an in-depth digital finding aid for the study of substantial and historically-relevant book arts materials held in the University of Iowa Special Collections.

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The Marks Project

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$5,000

As part of a larger project to create a legacy tool for American ceramic artists working 1945 onward, The Marks Project received support to document the American Museum of Ceramic Art’s (AMOCA) American Ceramic Society collection (ACerS). While documenting the clay arts members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild assisted by a 2017 Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Project Grant, TMP discovered the ACerS collection. Combined, these two grant projects will make 500 American potters searchable on www.themarksproject.org.

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Allison Robinson

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$8,500

Support for the research of Allison Robinson, PhD candidate in History, University of Chicago (expected graduation June 2020) regarding her dissertation, “The Political Biography of Dolls: Pedagogy and Reform through WPA Programming," which investigates government intervention in labor and public education through the production of handicraft dolls.

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Dr. Sarah Warren

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$12,500

Purchase College

The 2020 Craft Research Fund supports the book projects of Associate Professor of Art History at Purchase College Dr. Sarah Warren will receive $12,500 for research related to the publication Between Rival Utopias: Craft, Counterculture, and the Persistence of Modernism.

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Dr. Jennifer Way

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$12,500

Support for Dr. Jennifer Way (Professor of Art History, University of North Texas) to travel for research related to Deploying Craft: Crafting Healing and Wellness in War Contexts, a monograph book project that examines why and how making craft afforded rehabilitation, restoration, and wellness to American troops, the home front, and veterans during the long twentieth century.

Learn more

recipients

Meet the 2021 
Craft Research Fund Project Grant Recipients

The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2021 Craft Research Fund grants. This year 10 organizations, curators, scholars, and graduate students will receive a total of $96,291.50 to support craft-centered research, exhibitions, catalogs, and projects in the United States.

7 out of 43 Project Grant proposals were awarded

Courtesy of the recipient

The Craftsmanship Initiative

$5,000

This special issue explores Native Americans as tradition-bearers in their communities & examines the history & long-term sustainability of their knowledge & skills through their crafts. Funds permitting, the issue will include long-form narratives, photo essays, podcasts, blog posts & a short doc.

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Michael Hatch

$5,000

This project, “Black Craft in the Mountain South,” is a search for historical Black craft spaces objects, and people in the Southern Appalachian mountains. The goal of this project is to identify craft within the broader documentation of Black lives in the region, and to build upon these stories by cross referencing multiple resources.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

$11,680

The research project, "Craft Schools: Where We Make What We Inherit,” will explore who defines studio craft historically and today through pilgrimages to formal and informal centers of craft education across the United States, mining their institutional or personal archives, and interviewing students. Research undertaken by Michelle Millar Fisher, Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Sarah Scaturro

$8,954.50

As demonstrated through archival research and oral histories of textile conservators, “The Role of Craft in the Development of Textile Conservation in the United States” is a research project that contends craft is core to the development and practice of textile conservation in the United States during the second half of the 20th century.

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Mark Shapiro

$15,000

New York City African-American master potter Thomas Commeraw made iconic American stoneware until he emigrated to Sierra Leone in 1820. Why did he leave his country of birth and city of business? How does his life illuminate both the creative contributions and narrowing horizons for free Blacks and Black craftspersons in the early Republic?

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Martin Tsang

$10,156

Dr. Tsang’s project is an ethnographic mapping of Afro-Cuban religious bead crafting practiced in North America. He will research the ways that beading is carried out to better understand how beads are important agents of meaning and their making in communal settings furthers religious pedagogy

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Rachel Winter

$7,500

This dissertation interrogates the institutions which facilitated the rise of contemporary Arab art in the US & England. Winter argues contemporary Arab artists in diaspora emerged in opposition to historically-oriented displays of the Arab world conveyed through craft at festivals for cultural diplomacy.

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Julie Leonard

$15,000

University of Iowa Center for the Book

Support for Julie Leonard (Associate Professor of Book Arts, University of Iowa Center for the Book) for the Book Arts Digital Database, which will provide an in-depth digital finding aid for the study of substantial and historically-relevant book arts materials held in the University of Iowa Special Collections.

The Marks Project

$5,000

As part of a larger project to create a legacy tool for American ceramic artists working 1945 onward, The Marks Project received support to document the American Museum of Ceramic Art’s (AMOCA) American Ceramic Society collection (ACerS). While documenting the clay arts members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild assisted by a 2017 Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Project Grant, TMP discovered the ACerS collection. Combined, these two grant projects will make 500 American potters searchable on www.themarksproject.org.

Allison Robinson

$8,500

University of Chicago

Support for the research of Allison Robinson, PhD candidate in History, University of Chicago (expected graduation June 2020) regarding her dissertation, “The Political Biography of Dolls: Pedagogy and Reform through WPA Programming," which investigates government intervention in labor and public education through the production of handicraft dolls.

Dr. Sarah Warren

$12,500

Purchase College

The 2020 Craft Research Fund supports the book projects of Associate Professor of Art History at Purchase College Dr. Sarah Warren will receive $12,500 for research related to the publication Between Rival Utopias: Craft, Counterculture, and the Persistence of Modernism.

Dr. Jennifer Way

$12,500

Support for Dr. Jennifer Way (Professor of Art History, University of North Texas) to travel for research related to Deploying Craft: Crafting Healing and Wellness in War Contexts, a monograph book project that examines why and how making craft afforded rehabilitation, restoration, and wellness to American troops, the home front, and veterans during the long twentieth century.

Selection Panelists

  • Matthew Drutt, CEO, Drutt Creative Arts Management
  • Dr. Liz McGoey, Ann S. and Samuel M. Mencoff Associate Curator of Arts of the Americas at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Dr. Tiffany Momon, Director, Black Craftspeople Digital Archive

The Craft Research Fund program is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Foundation.

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