2016 Study Group Expo at the Univercity City Library
Study Group Grants and Guidelines
Revised July 15, 2017
In December 2014, members of the Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis (WGSL) voted to approve a proposal specifying that “…a sum of $100 be budgeted annually for each functioning Study Group.” These grants are not automatic and are subject to the following guidelines:
- The annual granting period is from January 1 through December 31 of each calendar year.
- The annual grants are to support new learning experiences. A Study Group seeking a grant must submit an application to the Finance Committee. The application should describe the proposed learning project to be pursued by the group and should list the costs of any materials, supplies, and/or services required to carry it out.
- Once the application is approved by the Finance Committee, funds up to $100/calendar-year may be used to purchase materials, supplies, and/or services. Invoices should be submitted to the Treasurer for direct payment to vendors or for reimbursement.
- All invoices must be submitted by December 31 of the current grant year. Unspent portions of an annual grant may not be carried over into the next calendar year.
- Study Group Grants are to support new learning experiences described in the application. Fiber art created from materials and supplies purchased using these funds belongs to the learner. Equipment purchased with the funds belongs to the WGSL, but may be used by the purchasing Study Group as long as that group is active.
- At least once every two years, Study Groups receiving grant funds are to share what they have learned through participation in a WGSL Study Group Fair, Study Group Expo or another appropriate WGSL program.
- Study Groups are strongly encouraged to create a few items each year to donate to the WGSL Sale. These items are subject to the Sale jury process.
- Under special circumstances, a Study Group may apply for up to $200 in a given year. Such special requests require approval of the Board of Directors in addition to the Finance Committee. A Study Group receiving more than $100 in a given calendar year would not be allowed to receive a grant during the subsequent calendar year.
As part of its support of education in the fiber arts, the Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis sponsors ongoing study groups in several specialized areas of interest to members. These are informal groups that usually meet once a month at a member’s home to share ideas, results, problems and solutions, and/or to work as a group on joint projects in a particular area.