Grants & Scholarships

WARP is committed to supporting the international textile community through our yearly Artisan Support Grants, Scholarships, and Assistantships.


Artisan Support Grants

Weavers in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, Recipients of 2021 WARP Artisan Grant

WARP offers Artisan Support Grants to assist textile artisans around the world. The grant program was begun to provide COVID relief in 2021, and now supports both Basic Needs and Development funding. To date, WARP has given 27 grants to individual artisans and groups, totaling $16,800. According to reports from grantees, a total of 1,072 textile community members have benefited from this grant funding.

Basic Needs Grants are for textile artisans who are still experiencing hardship due to continuing effects of COVID or other circumstances such as drought, extreme heat, or floods. Basic needs could include but are not limited to: food or seeds for food crops, medical care/medicines, clothing, utilities, dependent care, education, or housing. 

Development Grants are for textile artisans who are seeking to grow their business and work toward a sustainable future. Development needs could include but are not limited to: artisan supplies, equipment, marketing materials, technology, training, and travel.

We will be accepting 2024 grant applications from March 4 – March 31, 2024. Please visit this page during those dates to complete an application.

Alice Brown Memorial Scholarships

2019 Scholarship Alice Brown Memorial Scholarship  Recipient Mari Gray learning Palm Basket Weaving from meeting presenter Laura Lemunyete
2019 Alice Brown Memorial Scholarship recipient Mari Gray learning Palm Basket Weaving from meeting presenter Laura Lemunyete

The Alice Brown Memorial Scholarship assists applicants ages 18-35 to attend the WARP Annual Meeting. Preference is given to students or recent graduates, but those pursuing non-traditional career paths related to WARP’s mission are also encouraged to apply.

Alice Brown was a generous WARP member who had the foresight to donate the funds to establish the scholarship. Donations from WARP members now sustain the fund. Those of you who have attended meetings since 2008 know how much these special young people have added to the event.

The ideal applicant will demonstrate, through their past, present and/or intended activities, an interest in supporting global textiles and their makers. The Scholarship covers the cost of conference registration, accommodations and meals during the conference, travel reimbursement, and registration for Colorado Weaver’s Day on May 18th. WARP will provide travel reimbursement of up to $500 for domestic travel and up to $1000 for international travel. At the conference, Scholarship recipients will give a 15-minute powerpoint presentation about their interests and accomplishments.

Applications are due MARCH 1st, 2024 at midnight US Eastern time.

Gloria Davis Memorial Assistantships

Assistantship Recipient Lola Faturoti photo documenting the 2019 Meeting in Washington, DC

The Gloria Davis Memorial Assistantship offers financial assistance for members to attend WARP’s Annual Meeting. There is no age requirement to qualify for this award. In exchange for financial assistance, recipients help at the Annual Meeting, and are involved in a range of conference activities.

The Gloria Davis Memorial Assistantship Fund began in 2018 thanks to WARP member Susan Davis’s donation of the Gloria Davis Textile Collection. Susan’s friend Gloria Davis was an anthropologist who collected the Indonesian textiles over her lifetime of doing field work. Proceeds from the sale of these textiles established the Assistantship fund, which is now sustained by donations.

This year, the assistantship award will cover registration costs for the Annual Meeting, registration for Colorado Weavers Day on Saturday, room and board, and travel expenses (up to $500 for domestic travel and up to $1000 for international travel). 

Applications are due MARCH 1st, 2024 at midnight US Eastern time.

Annual Meeting Attendees & Scholarship Recipients at WARP’s 2023 meeting in Kent, Ohio.
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