The purpose of the Craft Research Fund is to advance, expand and support scholarship in United States.

Publications supported by the Craft Research Fund

Publications supported by the Craft Research Fund





  • 2016/17 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2016 Craft Research Fund Travel Grants
  • 2015/16 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2015 Craft Research Fund Travel Grants
  • 2014 Craft Research Fund Travel Grants
  • 2014 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2013 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2012 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2011 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2010 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2009 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2008 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2007 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2006 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2005 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2016/17 Craft Research Fund Grants

    Since 2005, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s Craft Research Fund grant program has advanced and expanded research about craft in the United States. The program supports innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history, explores the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture, and fosters new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field.

    Applications for the 2016/17 grant cycle are now open.

    September 17, 2016, 11:59 pm EST || Graduate Research Grant Application Deadline

    October 21, 2016, 11:59 pm EST || Project and Exhibition Research Grant Application Deadline

    October 31, 2016, 11:59 pm EST || Travel Grant Application Deadline

    Proposals are welcome from curators, researchers, independent scholars and graduate students.  General overhead (indirect administrative expenses) is not eligible for university-based projects.  No capital equipment purchases are eligible for support. This grant program is not about the creation of artwork.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens, in the process of applying for citizenship or have a U.S. Social Security number.

    Only online applications will be accepted in SlideRoom. Please note there is a separate application for each category.

    To apply, click through to CCCD’s SlideRoom portal and choose your grant category. Please note, you are able to save and modify your work until you submit your application.
    For step-by-step instructions, see SlideRoom’s Applicant Guide.

    For questions regarding the Craft Research Fund program or your application, please contact Anna Helgeson, Grants and Office Coordinator at 828-785-1357 x102 or ahelgeson@craftcreativitydesign.org.


    CRF Printable Guidelines and Sample Applications

    CRF Project and Exhibition Research Budget Form

    CRF Graduate Research Budget Form

    The Craft Research Fund program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design and supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.


    Meet the 2017 Curatorial Fellows

    CCCD’s Curatorial Fellowship is a yearlong program created to give emerging curators a platform to explore and test new ideas about craft. Of 54 applications received, three Curatorial Fellowship teams have been selected to fully develop and mount their proposed exhibition in CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop, during the 2017 exhibition season. The Curatorial Fellows will work with CCCD staff to produce the exhibition, develop didactic material and an exhibition catalog, and deliver a curatorial talk.


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