Through the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. Grants program, we provide financial assistance for HGA Members to take non-accredited fiber art workshops and classes or to attend a fiber art regional conference and financial assistance for teaching members to offer classes to beginning weaving and spinning students.

Available Grants


Silvio and Eugenia Petrini Grant

Established in 1994 to honor Silvio and Eugenia Petrini, longtime supporters of HGA and the fiber arts community, this fund makes a grant of $300 per individual. The application is open to HGA members for study in a non-accredited fiber art program of any skill level. (2020) Petrini Grant Application (2021) Petrini Grant Application


Mearl K. Gable II Memorial Grant

Established in 2000 to honor Mearl K. Gable II, a generous supporter of the Weavers Guild of the North Shore, Inc. (WGNS) and the fiber art community, this fund awards grants in the amounts of $100 or more per applicant. The application is open to all HGA members for study in a non-accredited fiber art program of any skill level (not including the Certificate of Excellence program or any certified program) and may be used for research and studies connected with the fiber arts. Within six months of completing the studies, the recipient will be required to make a report to the WGNS either in person or by video, slides, notebook and samples, etc. (2020) Gable Grant Application (2021) Gable Grant Application


Teach-It-Forward Grant

Funded by the donations to HGA’s Fiber Trust, this Grant awards $500 each year. The application is open to HGA members who teach beginning weavers or spinners in a private studio, shop or school; who are bringing new people to the craft; and who have an innovative plan or proposal. (2020) Teach-It-Forward Grant Application (2021) Teach-It-Forward Grant Application

2020 Application Deadline extended to September 30th

The deadline to apply for HGA's grant program was March 1, but soon after all in-person meetings were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the workshops for which the grant applicants applied for funding. As a result the Board recently approved for HGA to reopen the grant application. We encourage applicants to consider virtual or online options, and we hope that these funds will provide recipients with a pleasant distraction while supporting artists who are trying to make a living teaching. The grant applications are open to anyone who holds an active student, individual, family or professional artist membership. The deadline to apply is September 30. Funds must be used for programming that takes place between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. A decision will be made mid-October and grant recipients will be notified by November 1, 2020. Please use the links below to submit your application.

Silvio and Eugenia Petrini Grant:  Apply

Mearl K. Gable II Memorial Grant:  Apply

Teach-It-Forward Grant:  Apply

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Applications must be submitted Online

Application Deadline: March 1st

Grant funds must be applied to a workshop, class, conference or program held any time after the application deadline and before February 28th of the following year. Grant funds cannot be applied retroactively. Late applications will not be accepted.

For more information about Grants call (678) 730-0010 or email