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ABANA Scholarship Grant Program

ABANA EDUCATION GRANTS PROGRAM

Since its founding in 1973, ABANA has been committed to the education of its members. The purpose of the ABANA Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to ABANA members at all skill levels to assist them the development of their blacksmithing skills and abilities.


General:

Education grants are available to all ABANA members and affiliates provided they have been in good standing for at least six month prior to the date on the grant application. Each year, subject to the availability of funds, ABANA will award not more than $6,000.00 in grants.
Recipients of previous ABANA Grants are not eligible to submit another application for two years after the completion of the event and submission of articles to either The Anvil's Ring or Hammer's Blow and submission to the Grant Committee.
ABANA Grant Committee, hereinafter referred to as the committee, may provide funds for support of an ABANA Affiliate educational event. The maximum amount of funding for this grant is $500.00.
ABANA Grant Committee may provide financial assistance to ABANA members at all skill levels to assist them the development of their blacksmithing skills and abilities. There are three categories of grants for members (See below). The maximum amount of funding for this grant is $1,500.00.


Deadlines:

To be considered for a grant a complete application must be received by the ABANA Central Office on or before January 1st, April 1st, July 1st or Oct 1st.
Applicant may, as they desire, submit the application via email.
The committee will make a decision and notify the applicant on or before the first on the next calendar month after receipt of application.
The Committee reserves the right to reject all applications that in the committee's opinion are not complete and/or have not provided the requested information.


Affiliate Criteria

Criteria for Selection & Funding In reviewing applications, the committee will consider but not be limited to reviewing the following items:
a. Information concerning the educational event you want to schedule.
b. How much money do you need ABANA to contribute? (remember a maximum of $500.00 is available)
c. How will the affiliate disseminate the information from the event to the affiliate membership and the blacksmithing community by publication of articles covering the event in the affiliate newsletter and submission of such articles to ABANA publications and the Committee.

Obligations of Recipient Affiliate:
As a condition of receiving an ABANA Grant, the affiliate is required to share the learning from this event as outlined in the third point, (see c. above), listed in Section 1. The use or disposition of any demonstration pieces resulting from the event is the responsibility of the affiliate and the visiting artist. The event is to be open to any person with an interest in blacksmithing regardless of ABANA affiliate membership or ABANA membership status.




Member Criteria

Applicants should clearly state in the application:
A. How much they need to further their educational goal.
B. How they are planning to achieve their educational goal.
C. How they are planning to give back to the blacksmith community. (See “Individual Member Grant Recipient Obligations” infra for ideas)
Applications must include at least one letter of reference from the applicant's mentor or affiliate President.


Types & Amounts of Grants



The ABANA Grant categories are:

A. Individual Grant A: Affiliate Grant matching funds, $200.00. Members using an ABANA Affiliate's scholarship funds can match those funds up to $200.00
B. Individual Grant A: Affiliate Grant matching funds, maximum of $200.00. Members who receive a scholarship from an ABANA Affiliate can have those funds matched up to a maximum of $200.00.
C. Individual Grant B: Funds for individual study, maximum of $500.00.
D. Individual Grant C: Extended Study of three weeks or longer. Level of support to be determined by the circumstances of the proposed course of study, up to a maximum of $1,500.00.
NOTE: Review of Category C applications will be extensive and can take up to two months.
Any monies received by an individual may be subject to taxes as added income as determined by applicable Federal and State law.


Individual Member Grant Recipient Obligations

As a condition of receiving an ABANA Grant, ALL Grant recipients are required to share results of their learning with ABANA members and/or ABANA Affiliates. The recipient will fulfill this responsibility through at least one of the following forms of presentation:
a) A public demonstration or workshop.
b) The submission of an article to both an Affiliate newsletter and an ABANA publication.
c) A public exhibit of works completed during or after the course.
d) A lecture demonstrating the results of the course of study.
e) An article published in a Non-ABANA publication.
This requirement must be fulfilled within 6 months after the course of study.
Additionally, the recipient must submit a short statement to the Grant Chair describing their study experience to the Grant Chair to be included in some form in The Anvil's Ring. This requirement is waived if an article is submitted to The Anvil's Ring.


Affiliate Grant Guidelines and Instructions

Along with the ABANA Affiliate Loans & Grants Program Application Form, applicants must include:
a) Resume of the visiting artist, including training, images of recent works and educational experience at workshops and conferences.
b) A description of the event, including date, time, location and program.
c) Plan for sharing the results of the event with the affiliate membership and the blacksmith community at large.
Recipients of previous ABANA Affiliate Grants are not eligible to submit another application for two years after the completion of the event and submission of articles to either The Anvil's Ring or Hammer's Blow and submission to the Grant Committee.
Partial or improperly completed applications will be rejected without review.
Rejected applications will be considered no sooner than the next application deadline. Be sure your application is in order, as there will be no exceptions to this requirement.
Application materials will not be returned unless return postage is included with the application.




Click here to download Grant Criteria and Application Form




Applications should be sent to:

The ABANA Grants Committee Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America, Inc.
259 Muddy Fork Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659

or application may be emailed to:
centraloffice@abana.org