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To review our past online application click here: http://froghollow.org/node/add/artist_grant_application
Purpose of the Awards
The Frog Hollow Artisan Grants focus on artisan and community education. They provide two lines of support for Vermont artisans to work in traditionally defined areas of craft including: clay, fiber, glass, metal, stone, wood, jewelry, basketry (as defined by the Vermont State Craft Center Oversight Committee for Craft Application).
Funds for Established Artisans to explore new areas and learn techniques that help them develop a new body of work [at least one of these grants will be reserved each year for a Frog Hollow member artist].
Funds for Emerging Artisans (who may or may not be Frog Hollow artisan members) to explore new areas and learn techniques that help them develop new or existing lines of craft-making.
Emerging artisans are those who are accomplished in the basic techniques in their art form and who are attempting to launch a professional career in the crafts, but have not yet well established such a career. An artisan is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artisan.
Period of Award
Funding is to be expended within 12 months of the award. Requests to extend the period for expenditures may be considered in cases in which external scheduling demands other arrangements (for example, the timing of an application and subsequent payment for a workshop will necessitate a slight extension).
Who is eligible to apply?
Individuals who meet all of the following requirements:
- Clearly identify as either an Established artisan or an Emerging Artisan. Emerging artisans are those who are accomplished in the basic techniques in their craft form, are in the early developmental stage of their careers, and who are attempting to launch a professional career in the crafts. An artisan is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artisan.
- Seek support for work in one of the following areas of traditional craft: clay, wood, metal, stone, glass, fiber, jewelry, basketry (as defined by the Vermont State Craft Center Oversight Committee for Craft Application).
- Have been residents of Vermont for a minimum of one year prior to the application deadline and are residents at the time the award is granted.
- Are 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
- Submit one and only one funding proposal; we cannot consider more than one application per individual during a given funding cycle; nor may an applicant apply during any given funding cycle both as an individual and as part of a collaborative application.
- Awardees are expected to credit the support that they have received from Frog Hollow State Craft Center when presenting or exhibiting their relevant work.
- Frog Hollow State Craft Center will have the option to exhibit a sample of the work that was created with support of the grant awards.
What do we fund?
Four distinct types of applications will be considered for funding. Any “eligible applicant” (both members and non-members of Frog Hollow) may apply for:
- Fees related to attending relevant workshops, residencies, conferences or an exceptional opportunity for advanced study with a significant master or mentor (outside of a classroom setting and not related to any degree program) that should result in significant learning and professional development ($200-$750 per award). Note, food/meals will not be supported and a maximum of $50 per night for housing, if relevant, may be awarded. Applicants must make a strong case for why the attendance/participation is important and the impact it will have on their work.
- Purchase of non-consumable craft equipment that is essential for learning a new line or developing an existing line of craft-making ($200-$750 per award); applicants must make a strong case for why the purchase of this equipment is essential and the impact it will have on their work.
- Purchase of essential, consumable craft materials to learn and explore a new (not existing) direction of craft-making ($200-$500); applicants must make a strong case for why the purchase of these materials is essential and the impact it will have on their work.
- Established Artisans may request up to $2,000 to support them as they explore new areas, learn new techniques and develop a new body of work either independently or with support of a residency or workshop. The application must clearly explain the nature and direction of this new work and why this supported time is particularly important for their professional development at this time. The applicant should demonstrate that amount of funds requested is commensurate with the applicant’s investment of time and focus in the new body of work. AT LEAST ONE OF THE ESTABLISHED ARTISAN AWARDS EACH YEAR WILL BE GIVEN TO A FROG HOLLOW MEMBER ARTIST.
What we do not fund
Available funding is quite limited. Therefore we ask that applicants focus their request on truly essential expenditures. Travel funds will cover no more than $50 per night for housing. We do not fund food, credit-bearing academic tuition, lobbying expenses, or fundraising events. At this time we are not able to fund work outside of the traditionally defined areas of craft: clay, fiber, glass, metal, stone, wood, jewelry, basketry (as defined by the Vermont State Craft Center Oversight Committee for Craft Application).
What selection criteria will be used?
The criteria are:
- The applicant's serious commitment to expanding her/his professional knowledge, development and art form
- Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and/or promise of exceptional talent
- Contribution of the proposed project to the artisan's professional/career development
- The budget is reasonable and clearly presented
How will the funding proposals be reviewed?
A committee of diverse members from the Vermont arts community will review all proposals. The committee will include representation from Frog Hollow Artisan Members, the Frog Hollow Board, and community members who are unaffiliated with Frog Hollow.
Anticipated Timeline for the Funding Cycle
- July 1, 2017
- Frog Hollow disseminates invitations and application materials for proposals.
- October 15, 2017
- Deadline for completed application materials.
- December 1, 2017
- Awards will be announced, and Awardees will be contacted and asked to sign a contract specifying the terms of the award. Upon signing the contract, the awardee will receive 75% of the award; the remaining 25% will be paid on receipt of the final report.
- February 1, 2019
- FINAL REPORT must be submitted by each awardee to Frog Hollow no later than this deadline. This report must include: (a) a summary of the activities supported by the award, (b) the impact of these activities on the awardee’s professional/career development, (c) community educational impacts of the award, if any (e.g., exhibitions, workshops, presentations, lectures, etc.), (d) 5-10 photographs that represent the work produced as a result of the grant, and (e) a final documentation (including receipts) of the expenditures supported by the award.
- March, 2019
- Frog Hollow will have the option to exhibit a sample of the work that was created with support of the grant awards.
How Do You apply?
The online application will require all applicants to provide the following information:
- Name and contact information
- Identify of whether or not you are a Frog Hollow Member Artisan
- Identify of whether or not you are an Emerging Artisan or an Established Artisan
- Identify the specific category of grant for which you are applying
- One-page resume
- 100-150 word biographical sketch
- Specific goals of your proposal and how those will promote your professional/career development
- Details and rationale of the budget you are requesting
- 8-10 jpegs of your work (dated; identifying its relevance to your proposed award).
To view 2016 application click here: http://froghollow.org/node/add/artist_grant_application
Questions about the Frog Hollow Vermont Artisan Grant program should be directed, by email to Rob Hunter, Director of Frog Hollow at rhunterfroghollow.org