Image Source: Elies Plana, design for The City in the Sea by Poe. Featured on the cover of Parenthesis 34 (Spring 2018).

FPBA Grants

FPBA Inclusivity Fund Grants

The North American FPBA has established a new fund intended to help support the work and activities of artists and printers active in the field of fine press printing and book arts.

Grant Amount

$500 USD

Recipients who are not yet members of the FPBA will also receive a complimentary one-year membership to the association.


Eligible applicants will identify as members of diverse racial or ethnic communities. Individuals coming from other groups who, historically, have been less visible in the fine press and book arts community are also encouraged to apply (this could include those who identify as LGBTQ+, those who come from low-income backgrounds, and/or individuals with disabilities).

The grant is open to individuals residing in North America and the UK. Applicants do not need to be members of the FPBA.

Individuals at any stage of their professional development (including students), are encouraged to apply.

Purpose of Grant

Grant funds are intended to be used for any costs related to an artist’s professional activities: registration/travel for book fairs, classes for professional development/new skills, startup costs to offer workshops or for a new publication, website costs, work documentation, etc.

Priority will be given to:

  • Applicants with financial need.
  • Proposals that will have a meaningful impact on the applicant’s work.
  • Proposals that will allow the applicant to engage directly with the larger book arts community, such as participation in fairs or conferences, taking or teaching classes, etc.

Evaluation rubric available below.

Grant Requirements

Recipients will be asked to apply their grant to an event or activities occurring between November 1, 2021, and November 1, 2022, and to submit a brief follow-up report on their activities to the FPBA Inclusivity Fund committee.


Please submit your application to NASecretary[at] by October 1, 2021. Recipients will be notified by October 25, 2021.


Please submit your application in .doc or .pdf format, and include the following information:


First and Last Name*

Email Address*

Phone Number*


Social Media Account(s) (if applicable)


The proposal should include:


Tell us about your work (150 words or less).

Purpose of Grant

Tell us how you plan to use the grant, and how it will impact your work (150 words or less).

Financial Need

Indicate your degree of financial need, with 1 being “the grant would be helpful” and 3 being “the grant is necessary for me to accomplish my professional goals.”

1          2          3

Explain your choice. Financial documentation is not required (150 words or less).

Related Links

If you are planning on using the funds to offset costs related to participating in an event (e.g., a book fair or conference), please include the event URL(s).

Evaluation Rubric

Please consult the Evaluation Rubric below to learn more about how the Inclusivity Fund Committee will evaluate applications.

Questions? Email Inclusivity Fund Committee member Ruth-Ellen St. Onge ruthellen.stonge[at]

Evaluation Rubric

The evaluation committee will assess each application according to the following rubric. Applicants with the highest scores will receive priority.

Applicant meets criteria of grant

Self-reported level of financial need

2 pointsLow financial need
5 pointsMedium financial need
10 pointsHigh financial need

Impact of proposal on artistic/professional work

2 pointsSmall or no impact
4 pointsGrant would help the applicant on a path that they are already pursuing
6 points Grant is necessary to achieve something that the applicant is excited about
8 points Grant would allow a new body of work, or a whole new audience to engage with that work

Degree of community engagement from proposal

1 point

Grant would benefit the applicant, but not help get them or their work out (Buying studio equipment, materials, etc.)

2 points

Grant would help publicize the applicant’s work, but not facilitate direct engagement with the community or an audience (Work documentation, website design, business cards, etc.)

3 points

Grant would facilitate direct engagement with a small audience, or indirect engagement with a large audience (Attending a workshop, tabling at a smaller, local fair, startup costs for a new publication, etc.)

4 points

Grant would facilitate direct and meaningful engagement with the larger book arts community (Tabling at a large fair, mounting an exhibition, presenting at a conference, startup costs for offering workshops, etc.)