WGSL Education Grant
The Weavers’ Guild of St. Louis is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors lectures and workshops on weaving and related fiber arts. To enhance study in these fields, education grants can be applied for by Guild members in good standing and, in accordance with the Guild’s standing as a 501(c)(3) organization, by non-members. Grant eligibility is subject to three limitations:
1) Maximum cumulative grants to any one applicant shall be $2,500
(using the adopted date of these new regulations as the beginning point).
2) Recipients are not eligible to reapply until at least three years after the date of their most recent successful application.
3) According to IRS requirements, members of the Education Grant committee, and their relatives, as well as officers and members of the board of directors of the Guild are not eligible. According to the Guild by-laws, the board of directors is composed of elected officers plus the Immediate Past President, the Programs/Workshop Chair and the Education Grant Chair.
The Guild offers education grants to help enable members to enhance their skills
and knowledge of fiber arts through participation in classes, workshops, or other learning opportunities. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
The Education Grant is intended to support the cost of tuition for a program, not the cost of transportation, lodging or meals.
1. Application forms are available on the Guild’s website. Application must be filed via e-mail to the Education Grant Chair, (HarperLJ2003@aol.com). A brochure
describing the event must be submitted. Application must be made no more than 90 days and no less than 30 days prior to the event.
2. Monies will be paid to the recipient in the form of a Guild check. NOTE: You may wish to consult with your tax professional or accountant. In most cases, grant monies are considered taxable income and the Guild will be required to include those monies, along with any other earnings through the Guild, on a 1099.
3. Grant recipients shall be required to make a 45 minute to 1 hour presentation at a guild meeting. Recipients of more than $500 shall give a workshop in addition to the presentation requirement.
4. Grant money shall be returned to the Guild within 60 days if applicant withdraws from the program.
5. In the event a program is cancelled by the organizer, applicant must contact the Education Grant Chair to obtain approval to switch to another program at the same
event. Changes are not allowed without approval from the grant committee.
6. Applicants who do not fulfill the requirement of presenting at a Guild meeting and/or overseeing a workshop shall be required to return the grant money. The presentation/workshop should be completed within 1 year.
7. Applicants are required to report to the committee if they have received assistance from another organization for the same program/workshop.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the instructor knows they will be sharing what is learned as part of their Education Grant. Most instructors have an expectation of proprietorship and some do not appreciate a workshop attendee presenting what they have just learned. In some cases an instructor may not allow the applicant to do so. In these instances the applicant will still be required to make some type of presentation to the Guild, even it if is not what was learned using the grant money. Applicant should contact the Education Grant Chair if faced with this situation.