Aid to Artisans: Seeking Applications for canvas home™ Small Grants Program

Deadline: 29 December 2017

Aid to Artisans (ATA) has launched its Small Grants Program in partnership with canvas home™, a retailer of artisan furniture, ceramics, and textiles to provide artisans with direct and immediate financial assistance that can lay the groundwork for sustainable incomes for artisans.

These grants are designed to allow artisan groups to acquire materials, tools, equipment, and training, marketing services in order to expand employment and generate income.

ATA’s principal activities include a program of financial assistance in the form of small grants made to qualified craft producers.  These grants are designed to permit craft producing groups to procure materials, tools and/or equipment, training, or marketing services in order for them to expand employment and generate additional income.

Funding Information

Typically, these grants range from $500 to $1,500.

Types of Grant

  • Materials, Tools, Equipment and Instruction
  • Marketing Support.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Artisans – ATA’s policy is to assist established groups of craft producers such as artisan cooperatives, small businesses, and/or community-based organizations with a primary focus on crafts located in developing countries of the world.
  • Products – Crafts must have artistic and functional elements, be handmade and culturally significant. Photos or images of the craft products are required.
  • Recommender – Only grant requests accompanied by a letter of recommendation from organizations known internationally as well-suited to providing credible third-party recommendations will be accepted. These include those that are familiar to Aid to Artisans through its international network, national organizations that support craft development, and international non-profit organizations working with the artisan group applying. Some examples of groups known to ATA include IFAT, OXFAM, DFID, United Nations agencies, Fair Trade Federation, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers, Action Aid, CARE and other international aid organizations. Letters from previous ATA Small Grant recipients are not acceptable. Recommendation letters should not be purchased and the recommender should not charge for the letter. Applications received without a recommendation letter will not be considered for funding.
  • Follow-up report – In applying for a Canvas Home Small Grant and signing Part 6, – Canvas Home Small Grants Certification Agreement, the artisan group is committing to completing a follow-up report to be submitted to Aid to Artisans in a timely manner, approximately six months following the receipt of the grant.

How to Apply

Completed applications should be submitted either via email or post at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial, Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit Small Grants Program.

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