In 1991 this program was established in fond memory of Hazel Pattison. She was a high school teacher who also taught weaving, spinning and pottery. At various times she was also a Camp Fire executive, a teacher at the YMCA and the director of the Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers. The threads of her life were woven around her family and included a love of nature, an understanding of others and a strong faith in God. She was an active member of the OWG and taught many of us how to weave and spin.
The original Hazel Pattison Memorial Grant is now called the Enrichment Grant. Over the years the Grants program has expanded to include the Education Grant and the Community Outreach Grant all of which are now administered under the name, Hazel Pattison Memorial Grants Program.
The Olympia Weavers Guild offers three types of grants:
- Enrichment Grant of $500–$1000. This allows intensive study with professional direction/feedback of up to one-year duration.
- Education Grant of $50-300 allows for specific training or work/study in a shorter time frame.
- Community Outreach Grant of $ 25-50 to members involved in public demonstrations or other presentations that offer no financial reimbursement.
The purpose of the Grants Program is to encourage individuals or groups to pursue an intensive, long- or short-term study in weaving, spinning or related fiber-art and to enrich OWG members and the community. Other goals include:
- Encouraging members to undertake new, in-depth study which will promote their technical and aesthetic development.
- Encouraging and inspiring members to make a commitment to themselves and to the guild.
- Providing financial support.
- Offering a forum for organizing and sharing knowledge gained.
How does it work?
- Enrichment Grant applications are submitted to the Grants Chair by April 1st. They are sent to a professional fiber artist outside the Olympia Weavers Guild for judging. The award is announced in June. The grant amount ranges from $500 to $1000 with an additional $100 honorarium to be paid to the judge.
- Education Grants are available throughout the year. Applications are submitted to the Grants chair for review and forwarded to the elected Board. Grant amounts will be determined by the elected Board on an individual basis. Amounts will be based on the project and the amount of funds available in the Grants Account. A decision will be made within thirty days. The grant amounts range between $50 and $300. The total for the fiscal year will not exceed $600.
- Community Outreach Grant applications are available throughout the year. Applications are submitted to the Grants Chair for review and forwarded to the elected Board. Grant amounts will be determined by the elected Board on an individual basis. Amounts will be based on the project and the amount of funds available in the Grants Account. A decision will be made within thirty days. The grant amounts range between $25 and $50. The total for the fiscal year will not exceed $100.
Grants are available to persons who have been a member for at least one year and are in good standing*. Individuals or small groups, including Board members, may apply.\
- Proposals will be kept confidential.
- The applicant’s financial need will not be considered.
- All recipients of Enrichment and Education Grants will present a program, a mini-program or other presentation, as agreed upon with the Board, at a Guild meeting.
- Grant money may be used to purchase supplies, but not to purchase equipment.
*Member in good standing includes:
- Being a Guild member for at least one year.
- Attending Guild and/or study group meetings.
- Being active in Guild activities such as:
- Serving on the board or on a committee,
- Contributing to Showcase,
- Helping with Sheep-to-Shawl, or the Thurston County Fair, or the Show & Sale.
- Not owing any library fines.
See individual grant applications for specific details: