WIT Educational Opportunity Grant
WIT (Women in Turning) is dedicated to encouraging and assisting women in their pursuit of turning, to sharing ideas and processes to further member’s skills and creativity, and to increasing participation of women in the field of woodturning. The purpose of the WIT grant is to provide financial assistance to individuals, groups, schools, and local AAW chapters in supporting the WIT Committee goals. A few examples of how grants may be utilized are:to support local AAW chapter outreach and membership drives with goals to increase the number of women in their clubs; to support regional educational conferences to improve women’s turning skills;or to support women only exhibitions. All creative and interesting ideas of how to achieve WIT’s stated purpose will be considered.
WIT grants are not intended for an individual’s personal development or education. If that is the goal, one should apply for an EOG grant instead.
All current AAW members and local AAW chapters are eligible to apply. In addition, non-affiliated organizations such as museums, galleries, schools, and arts groups will be considered if the proposed projects meet the WIT standards.
Each applicant may submit only one application per year, and may apply in successive years. Previous winners may apply again after two years.
Funding from WIT will be considered for those demonstrating and dispersing information about Women in Turning, and promoting WIT and AAW activities.
Here are some types of activities which could qualify for a grant by supporting the WIT mission.
Demonstrate at a gathering of members of another craft that traditionally includes women (fiber artists, jewelers, ceramists, etc.)
Bring in women from your local arts community to see what turning is all about. Work together on a collaborative exhibit.
Put together an exhibit of work by women turners (libraries and universities or colleges often have galleries or display areas).
Host a women’s hands-on day before/after a regional symposium or a women’s hands-on day with members of your local club.
Organize a demonstration or hands-on class at a local high school, vocational school, or in the art department at a community college or 4-year institution.
Publish an information booklet to be distributed to women turners at local clubs, other art guilds, regional symposia, or art shows.
Sponsor a booth at a craft fair for demonstrating and dispersing information about Women in Turning and activities in the AAW.
Support local chapter outreach and membership drives aimed at increasing the number of women in the clubs.
Support regional educational conferences that focus on improving women’s turning skills and that may include outreach to non-turners.
Sponsor a women’s/girl’s turning class at a local woodworking store, community college, high school, museum, retail outlet, military facility, senior center, or other public institution.
Sponsor a girl’s activity/class at the local Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, or after school program. Host a turning demo with your local Girl Scouts.
Reporting and Tax Documents
After the grant is awarded AAW will provide a contract to sign with reporting requirements. A tax id or W9 will be required.
Awards will be made quarterly in February, May, August, and November. Deadlines for applications are January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31.
The WIT grant Committee will determine the number of awards to be made during any given period and the amount of each award. The dollar amount awarded will be at the discretion of the committee and based on the merit of the proposal and the availability of funds.
Recipients of grants will be given one year from the grant award date to use the funds for the intended purpose. When the project or event has been completed, grantees will be required to submit a report to the WIT Committee describing how the funds were utilized and the way it helped advance the WIT mission.
How to Apply
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- Online Application: Scroll down to complete the online grant application.