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.
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.
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]fpba.com 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*
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).
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).
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).
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]virginia.edu
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 points||Low financial need|
|5 points||Medium financial need|
|10 points||High financial need|
Impact of proposal on artistic/professional work
|2 points||Small or no impact|
|4 points||Grant 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
Grant would benefit the applicant, but not help get them or their work out (Buying studio equipment, materials, etc.)
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.)
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.)
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.)