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 one’s 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.

 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. 

View previous Conant Grant recipients HERE

Grant proposal process 

 A grant applicant will submit a proposal (up to 10 pages) to the Grant coordinator  using the Grant Application Template.  The winning proposal is selected by an independent 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 evaluation criteria: 

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

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

 The proposal winner 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, workshop, exhibit, publication, and/or any 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 for 2018 


Start Date
End Date
October 1, 2017 March 31, 2018 Grant proposals accepted
April 2, 2018 May 15, 2018 Proposals reviewed by independent reviewer
June 2018 Notification of award announced at the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild meeting.

Application Instructions 

  • Application must follow the Grant Application Template (for WORD format click here).  An application may not exceed ten pages plus a cover page. 
  • Applicants must submit their proposals electronically to the  Grant Coordinator. Up to 10 images may be used to support the 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.