Fiber artists create weavings, quilts and knitted and crocheted items from fabric and fiber. Grants are one way to finance your passion for fiber arts and to gain recognition for your work in the field. If you're a fiber artist looking for financial support for your work, look to local arts foundations, city and state grants for the arts, private arts organizations and museums.
Friends of Fiber Art
Friends of Fiber Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of fiber arts and artists as collectible. The group publishes a magazine, sponsor shows and award grants to artists. It favors projects and shows that will attract the attention of large audiences, such as traveling exhibitions that visit at least two cities. The grants are not exclusively for women, but many of the grants have been awarded to women working in quilting, basketry, tapestry and other textile mediums.
Handweavers Guild of America
The Handweavers Guild of America offers grants and scholarships to students who pursue degrees in fiber arts. The Guild also awards grants to members to attend conferences and workshops. If you teach fiber arts, you may also be eligible for a grant to help you in teaching.
Each year the Puffin Foundation awards a $1,000 to $2,500 grant to an emerging artist. The Foundation focuses on specific art disciplines each year, including fine arts.
Local Arts Councils
Many larger cities have arts councils or boards tasked with awarding money for public art exhibitions. Fiber artists working in these cities should consider these councils as possible sources of grants. For example, in 2010 the Northampton, Mass., Arts Council awarded a grant to several women artists for a fiber art exhibition. And in Denver, Colorado, a group of fabric artists known as the Ladies Fancywork Society won a grant from the city to decorate a construction fence downtown.