To preserve, continue, and expand the achievements, vision and goals
of John Gardner by enriching and
disseminating our traditional small craft heritage.
The John Gardner Grants are designed to support projects that broaden
our traditional small craft heritage, and for which sufficient funding would
otherwise be unavailable.
Eligible projects are those which research, document, preserve, and
replicate traditional small craft, associated skills (including their
construction and uses) and the skills of those who built and used them.
Youth involvement is encouraged.
The John Gardner Grants are competitive and reviewed semi-annually by the
John Gardner Grant Committee of the Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA).
The source of funding is the TSCA John Gardner Fund, which was established in
1997 at the Maine Community Foundation (MCF). MCF promotes active philanthropy
by stewarding charitable funds and making effective grants. Funding available
for projects will be determined annually. The funding for any individual project
is estimated to be $200 to $2000.
Multiple grants will not be awarded to an individual or organization
in a single year.
Donate to the Fund
Your donation in any amount to the TSCA John Gardner Fund will increase its
endowment, and thus our ability to support these Gardner Grants.
Tax-deductible donations to the TSCA John Gardner Fund may be sent directly to
the Maine Community
Attn: TSCA John Gardner Fund
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Apply for a John Gardner Grant
Eligible applicants include historians, authors, boatbuilders, naval
architects, designers, small craft specialists, archeologists, maritime heritage
specialists, students, museums, educational programs, non-profit organizations,
community based groups and anyone else with demonstrated interest in and
knowledge of traditional small craft. No affiliation with a museum or other
academic organization is required.
Awarded funds may only be spent on direct costs, including materials,
supplies, heritage specialists, services, publication fees, and travel. Funds
may not be used to supplant staff salaries. Overhead costs are not eligible for
Projects must be centered around or very strongly related to traditional
Projects must have tangible, enduring results which are published, exhibited,
or otherwise made available to the interested public. These results may include
(but are not limited to) boats, written and graphical documentation (including
boat plans), monographs, preservation of artifacts, exhibits, etc.
Recipients must furnish a report on the results of the project at the
conclusion of the grant period, including published materials. A summary report
must also be furnished which is suitable for publication in The Ash Breeze, the quarterly journal of TSCA.
Periodic progress reports are strongly encouraged.
Recipients must acknowledge the support of the TSCA John Gardner Fund in all
publications, printed programs and signage.
Recipients may be required to demonstrate satisfactory insurance coverage as
determined by the John Gardner Grant Committee. Insurance requirements will be
determined on a case-by-case basis. Recipients must comply with all appropriate
federal, state and local regulations, ordinances, statutes and laws governing
the sponsored project.
Documentation of the use of John Gardner Grant funds must be maintained and
furnished upon request. A summary of the use of the grant funds must be reported
at the conclusion of the grant period.
Grant applications may be submitted at any time, and will be considered in April.
Application forms and additional information can be found below. This specific
form does not have to be used as long as the same information is submitted.
Electronic applications are preferred, and can be submitted to David Cockey at
copies of an application should be sent directly to David Cockey, and are not
required if an electronic version is submitted.
Applications are available in MS Word, PDF, and
- Expected results, both tangible and intangible
- Planned dissemination of results and educational impact
- Does the project cover new ground relative to traditional small craft?
- Urgency: Will an opportunity be lost?
- Impact: Will the project have a lasting impact?
- Project quality: How effectively will the project preserve and
expand the achievements, vision and goals of John Gardner?
Does the project broaden our traditional small craft heritage?
- Feasibility: Is the project well conceived and articulate?
Is the applicant's experience relevant and sufficient?
- Relevant experience of major participant(s): Those who will
be executing the project, as well as those overseeing the project.
- Youth involvement
- Partnership: Will other sources of support be utilized?
Will there be additional participants? Will a museum, school,
community organization or other not-for-profit organization be involved?
- Other funding: Will other sources provide a significant portion
- of the funds required? (Matching is not required but highly desirable.)
- Schedule: Is the proposed schedule realistic?
- Budget: Income, both cash and in-kind.
- Expenses, both direct and overhead.
For all purposes hereof, "traditional small craft" shall mean boats
built from design developed prior to the gasoline marine engine,
for sail or manual propulsion. Modern or historical variants or adaptation
of traditional designs fall within this definition. [Taken from TSCA Bylaws,
For Further Information
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Rockport, ME 04856