What They Are

SAPFM is seeking candidates/applicants for education grants. The grants are not directly need-based but will focus on the candidates’ interest in period furniture construction and restoration.
The first such grant made each year are made in the name of 2001 Cartouche recipient and founding member John McAlister. The first grant was awarded in 2015.
Full details of the requirements and application process can be found below.  
Grants may be awarded in any of three categories:
A Support for full time academic study is a field directly related to period furniture making, but not exclusively as a period cabinetmaker.
B Support for research for a book or article directly related to period furniture.  This could be used for travel, materials, photography, etc., as proposed by the applicant.
C Support for attendance by a student at a seminar or conference such as, but not limited to, the CWF Working Wood Conference, Winterthur Furniture Forum, or MESDA’s Furniture Conference.


How to Apply

  • Application for assistance can be made at any time by downloading a copy of the Grant Application Form (MS Word) and submitting it by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The SAPFM awards committee will act on the application at its discretion and may require submission of supporting documentation as it sees fit. The committee may also require the applicant to participate in a teleconference interview.
  • Applications for research grants may be submitted at any time.
  • Applications for scholarship assistance for a school year must be received by June 30 (e.g., June 30, 2022 for the 2022/2023 school year).



  • The number and size of the grant(s) will be determined by the Education Committee.
  • Officers and employees of SAPFM, or members of their families, are not eligible to receive a grant under this program but may nominate candidates.
  • Professional woodworkers are not eligible to apply for grants to attend academic programs but may apply for assistance to pursue a scholarly study.  A successful applicant may, at his or her discretion, apply for a second grant or scholarship in an ensuing year.  Second time research grant applicants will be expected to explain how the first grant was used and to demonstrate progress toward completion of their project as well as explain how the additional grant will be used.  Second time student applicants will be expected to show successful completion of the previous school term and progress toward graduation.  All second time applications will be considered on equal terms with first time applications with no automatic preference.
  • A successful applicant accepts the grant with the explicit understanding that in the event that the applicant discontinues his or her studies during the academic period for which the grant was made, discontinues the scholarly study for which the grant was made, or fails to attend the event for which the grant was made, SAPFM may, at its sole discretion, require repayment of all or part of the total grant. The number, size and timing of grants are determined by the Education Committee and decisions of the committee are final.