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





  • 2017/18 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2016/17 Craft Research Fund Grants
  • 2015/16 Craft Research Fund 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
  • 2017/18 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.

    Craft Research Fund 2017/18 timeline

    Graduate Research Grant Timeline (available for students working towards a Master’s Degree)

    May 12, 2017
    Applications open in SlideRoom

    September 22, 2017 (11:59 pm EST)
    Graduate Research Grant application deadline

    November 2017
    All applicants notified of status and Graduate Research Grant awardees announced

    December 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018
    Projects conducted during six-month funding cycle

    June 1, 2018
    Final report deadline

    Exhibition Research and Project Grants

    May 12, 2017
    Applications open in SlideRoom 

    October 20, 2017 (11:59 pm EST)
    Exhibition Research Grant and Project Grant deadline

    December 2017
    All applicants notified of status

    January 2018
    Exhibition Research and Project Grants announced

    January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
    Projects conducted during 18-month funding cycle

    October 1, 2018
    Status report deadline

    June 30, 2019
    Final report 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.

    2017/18 CRF Instructions and Sample Applications

    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.


    Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

    The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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