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Conant grant

Margaret M. Conant Grant – Summary

  • Amount of award:  Up to $1500
  • Purpose:  Develop applicant’s technical and aesthetic skills or knowledge in the fiber arts.
  • Eligibility:  Any Guild member(s) in good standing for at least 1 year.
  • Requirements: A written proposal for a specific project.  See below.
  • Key dates are listed below

In alternate years the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild awards a grant of up to $1,500 to advance recipients’ technical and aesthetic development in the fiber arts. Anyone proposing, either singly or in a group, must be a Guild member in good standing for at least 1 year. Financial need is not a consideration. Both beginning and advanced fiber artists are encouraged to apply. Click here to see past award winners.

Any topic in the fiber field may be proposed. The proposal may include requests for travel funds, tuitions and registrations, fiber supplies, film, video tape, and other relevant support. Equipment is given low priority.

Grant proposal process:

The Conant Grant proposal consists of two phases.

Phase I

In the first phase, members are invited to submit a one-page (<500 words) summary of their idea to the Grant Coordinator as described in the Grant Application Template (see below).

All submitted ideas are uploaded anonymously onto the Guild’s Dropbox account using file-upload portal which will be published in the Members-Only section of this website.  All Guild members in good standing are eligible to rank the submissions during the voting period using the following criteria:

  • Contribution of the proposal to the proposer(s) technical and aesthetic development in the fiber arts field
  • Benefit to the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild

Results of the voting are presented to the Guild Board, who determine which submissions will be invited to participate in Phase II.

Phase II

The proposers selected during Phase I submit a full proposal (up to 10 pages) to the Grant Coordinator using the Grant Application Template. The winning proposal is selected by a reviewer who is qualified and well regarded in the field of fiber arts and/or art education, and is not a member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild.  The reviewer uses the following criteria:

  • Contribution of the proposal to the proposer(s) technical and aesthetic development in the fiber arts field
  • Benefit to the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild
  • Commitment and relevant experience of the applicant(s)
  • Feasibility of the proposal, including schedule and cost

All proposals remain anonymous throughout the process.  Only the grant recipient’s name(s) and project title are announced to the Guild.

The grantee must arrange with the Guild’s Program Chair to present the results of the study to the Guild upon conclusion of the project or within 12 months of accepting the grant, whichever comes first.  This may be in the form of a talk, lecture, workshop, exhibit, publication, and/or other appropriate form of presentation.  Study results will be submitted to the library following presentation of the results in whatever form is most appropriate (e.g., summary report, copy of Guild presentation). Notebooks detailing the work may be donated to the Guild library if appropriate.

Failure to complete the proposed study or to arrange for a report to the Guild within 1 year of the award date will require the grantee to return the grant funds to the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild.

Proposals not accepted may be resubmitted in following years. Grant recipients may not apply for consecutive grants.

Key Dates:

Start Date
End Date
November 1, 2017 January 15, 2018 Phase I submissions accepted
January 18, 2018 January 31, 2018 Members vote on Phase I submissions
February 1, 2018 February 13, 2018

Voting results reviewed by Board

February 15, 2018 Submitters notified of voting results by Grant Coordinator
May 1, 2018 Phase II full application received by Grant Coordinator
June 11, 2018

Notification of award announced at the Guild meeting

June 1, 2018 Arrangement for reporting to the Guild made by 2016 grant recipient


  • Application must follow the Grant Application Template (for WORD format click here).  Phase I applications may not exceed 1 page (500 words); Phase II applications may not exceed ten pages plus a cover page.
  • Applicants must submit their proposals electronically to the Grant Coordinator.   Images may be used to support a Phase II proposal and must be submitted digitally.  Images are not counted as part of the ten pages.

Previous winning proposals are retained in the Guild library and available for review during Guild meetings.

For more information, contact the Grant Coordinator.