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Membership in the Professional Outreach Program (POP) is open to any AAW member, hobbyist to professional.  POP promotes a greater understanding of professionalism within the field of contemporary woodturning.  Learn more.


The POP gives biennial Fellowship Grants of various amounts to individuals who apply for projects to encourage creative growth, research, or provide inspiration for new directions in turned wood art. These awards are given on even-numbered years.


What is the POP Fellowship Grant?  The purpose of the POP Fellowship Grant is to encourage creative growth or research, or to provide inspiration for new directions in turned wood art.  An applicant might be interested in pushing their work creatively in a new direction, working in collaboration with another artist, exploring new materials, a new way of using existing materials, etc. The only limit to what might be explored is one’s imagination. POP Fellowship Grants are offered every other year and are funded by proceeds from the auction at the AAW’s international symposium.


What the POP Fellowship Grant is NOT. This grant is not to be confused with the Educational Opportunity Grant. If you wish to apply to take a woodturning course or attend a woodturning conference, you should consider the EOG for that purpose. This grant also is not intended for chapter projects or collaborative chapter projects.


Who can apply?  You must be a current member of the AAW and a member of POP to apply. This grant is intended for individual woodturners at different stages of their careers. You do not have to be well established in the field.


Application Limitations.  Each applicant may submit only one application per year, and they can continue to apply in successive years. Previous winners may re-apply after three grant cycles, i.e., every six years. Current members of the POP Selection Committee or elected officials of the AAW or its employees or members of their families are not eligible for grant awards.


Distribution of Awards.  The POP Committee will review the applications and determine the number of awards they wish to make and the amount of each award. The dollar amount of grants issued will be at the discretion of the Committee and based on the quality of proposals submitted and availability of grant funds.


When will I be notified if I have been awarded a grant?  Announcements of the winners will be made by mail and/or e-mail with notifications to appear in the American Woodturner journal.


If I receive a grant, what is my timeframe for the completion of the project?  Winners will be given one year from the time that the grant is awarded to complete their project.  If you are awarded a grant and find that you will not have the time to complete your work in that timeframe, you may elect to delay the award for one year.  The funds will be saved for you to complete the project one year later.


What are my tax responsibilities on this grant?  In most cases, granted funds are taxed as gross income, and the percentage you are taxed is based on your individual tax bracket.  You should contact a qualified financial professional in your state or country for clarification.


What are my responsibilities if I am awarded this grant?  When you have completed your grant, you will be required to write about your experience and submit it to the committee for review and possible publication.



Deadline: Applications will be accepted online through May 1, 2018.





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