Each year, the Northeast Basketmakers Guild (NBG) awards grants to advance the art of basket weaving. Whether a beginning weaver or an experienced teacher, members can take advantage of this benefit to perfect a skill they are already using or to challenge themselves to learn a new technique.
NBG Grants for 2023
Grants awarded were—
The Susi Nuss Grant for $500 to attend a non-NBG event of the applicant’s choice was given to three NBG members in 2023:
- Sue will attend a class with Stephen Jerome Sr. in Quebec to learn the art of natural ash Micmac basketweaving.
- Sue will add the techniques she learns to the repetoire she shares with her students.
- In addition, Sue will create a video about her experience learning with Stephen Jerome Sr.
- Debra will be able to take a five day immersion class in rib basketry with Anne Bowers at Shenandoah Creates.
- After taking the class, Debra will determine the best method of sharing her new knowledge with NBG members.
- Nancy plans on taking a paper basket class with Nancy Hinds at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
- Nancy will create a display highlighting the different shapes and color patterns possible with paper basketry.
The Bill Pope Grant for $500 to attend the Gathering was given to two NBG members in 2023:
Mary Jo Rushlow
- Mary Jo participated in three classes at the 2023 Gathering. She plans to write an article for the newsletter to share her new skills.
- Lisa has been attending many online classes with the NBG and also attended the 2023 Gathering. She will write an article for the newsletter to encourage members to attend the 2024 Gathering and try out the online classes we offer.
NBG Grants for 2024
There are three grant categories. Two of the grants are named in honor of founders of NBG who made notable contributions to NBG.
The Susi Nuss Grant for $500 for an NBG member to attend a non-NBG event such as Stowe Basketry Festival, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the NBO Conference, or an event of the applicant’s choice.
The Bill Pope Grant for $500 for an NBG member to attend current year’s NBG Gathering.
The Founders Grant to promote NBG and basketweaving by members teaching classes or providing their basketry supplies for classes to the general public, Boy Scout troops, or event of applicant’s choice. This category is open to non-NBG members to seek funds to attend an NBG weaving event such as a student studying the arts who is interested in attending NBG Gathering, a young person interested a class a Retreat or other interested emerging artists.
The Susi Nuss and Bill Pope Grants may be awarded yearly at the discretion of the NBG Board in an amount that is approved by the NBG Board at their first meeting of the calendar year. Full details about the Grants selection and processes are available in the bylaws.
The guidelines for applying for grants are:
- An NBG member may apply for grants yearly.
- Grant recipients may apply two years after receiving a grant.
- An applicant will have been an NBG member for the past two years and must be a member for two years after receiving the award or until completing the project. If unable to maintain membership, the member will return the monetary award to NBG.
- Financial need is not a requirement.
- Deadline for submitting grant request is March 31.
- Grant winners will share their experiences within two years of receiving the award:
- by writing an article for the next newsletter
- by teaching a class
- holding a demonstration
- making a display
- or any other means of sharing information with the general membership.
Apply for a Grant now.
If you have any questions about scholarships, applications, or the process, please contact the NBG president.