Shaker brooms and brushes at Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA; Photo courtesy of Cate O'Connell-Richards
To encourage innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history
To investigate neglected questions on craft history and criticism
To support new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in craft
The Craft Research Fund was created to encourage, expand and support scholarly craft research in the United States.
Applicants must be:
Applicants cannot be:
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 scholarly craft research might include:
USE OF FUNDS
Research and projects must be completed within the designated timeline as proposed 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 signed grant agreement form between the Center for Craft and the recipient and receipt 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 30, 2024. The status report should include:
Thirty percent (30%) of the grant will be distributed upon receipt of the 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, 2025. If there is no publication, then applicants must provide a copy of the completed research in full. The final report should include:
Recipients must provide content for at least one blog post.
Recipients will acknowledge support from the Center for Craft by including the tag "This research was supported by a Center for Craft Research Fund" in any publications or presentations resulting from the grant.
Proposals will be reviewed by staff of the Center for Craft for completeness and evaluated by an outside review panel, who are recognized craft scholars, researchers, and/or curators, free of any conflict of interest, based on the following criteria:
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).
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 Project 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 for a start date of January 1, 2024. The email 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.
2024 Craft Research Fund – Project Grant
This is only a sample application, all applications must be completed in SlideRoom.
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 wiring 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. Please provide a one-page summary of your proposal (no more than 50 words, 300 character limit).
2. Please provide a project description in no more than 1,000 words (2 pages, 6,000 character limit) please address the following:
3. Please include a list of who you will work with to conduct your research and a short description of their role and why they were selected. This may include scholars, historians, archivists, writers, artists, museums, institutions, and other collaborators not listed.
4. Please provide a list of at least 10 sources that you will utilize in your research. This may include a list of books, articles, journals, websites, catalogs, and or other publications. (500 words).
5. Timeline (form provided in SlideRoom). Please provide a timeline for completing the project. The grant period begins on January 1, 2024. Projects 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 not more than 10 items.
Examples of income:
7. Budget Expense Form (provided in SlideRoom). Please list no more than 15 items. The minimum budget requests 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.
8. Budget Narrative. Please provide a narrative for any budget items that require
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 2024 Craft Research Fund Project Grant 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 log-in again to access the payment page again.
I have previously received a Center for Craft grant. Am I eligible to apply?
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?
Are applicants responsible for obtaining copyrights to documents, images, and manuscripts included in their research?
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 email@example.com or call (828) 785 - 1357 ext. 103.
The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2020 Craft Research Fund Project Grants.
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.Learn more
The Marks Project
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
Dr. Sarah Warren
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.Learn more
Dr. Jennifer Way
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
The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2024 Craft Research Fund Project Grants. This year five scholars and artists will receive a total of $38,500 to support craft-centered research, publications, and projects in the United States.
This project will compile the memories, facts, and perspectives on the development of American broom making into an understandable social history. A long-form article will be written as well as two free, public handouts that use fieldwork, interviews/oral histories, and personal research.LEARN MORE