MAFA Grants Awarded for 2018

MAFA recently awarded two grants for 2018:

Harmony Weavers Guild (DE, NJ and PA) for the project “17th, 18th and 19th Century Textiles – Workshops and Lectures” $1,000.

What impressed us: The lectures, tours and workshop are all open to the public or to neighboring guilds. Members of nine guilds will be able to participate in one or more activities. MAFA would like to encourage other guilds to pursue these kinds of educational opportunities in their local areas.

Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers (PA) for the project “Gateway to Weaving” $1,300

What impressed us: The guild seeks rigid heddle looms to use at “walk in and weave” classes and outreach events (including at Philadelphia international Airport!) because “rigid heddle looms are also more accessible for people with physical disabilities, and for those with learning differences, who would have difficulty dressing a standard floor loom. The cost of owning a rigid heddle loom is also more within many peoples’ budget.”

Have an idea for an educational program or outreach event? Or something else that would further MAFA’s mission? Applications for 2019 grants will be accepted this fall. To help you prepare, grant program guidelines and a preview copy of the application form are available at