Bill Armstrong Grant

The New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists has established an annual grant program in memory of our late distinguished member, Bill Armstrong. Bill was instrumental in teaching many people about pottery and was always interesting in experimenting, learning more, and helping others.

In this spirit, New Mexico Potters gives an annual grant to assist with a ceramics education program or a ceramic art project.

The annual award is up to $1000, to be determined by the Board, based upon individual needs.  Proposals for lesser amounts would also be welcome for consideration. 

Use of funds: Funds may be used for purchasing supplies or equipment, contracting with a visiting artist, marketing/publicizing a special program or project or other activities directly related to ceramic art education.

Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations and educational institutions located in New Mexico are eligible to apply.

Procedure: Submit a proposal with the following information:

  • Applicant’s name, address, phone, email
  • A description of the project or program, including dates, location, budget, etc.
  • A description of who will benefit from this project/program and what are the anticipated outcomes.
  • A description of the organization applying for the grant
  • Specify exactly how the funds will be used and, if the cost is more than requested, identify the other funding sources
  • Provide a simple income/expense statement for the project/program
  • Copy of IRS designation letter (if applicant is 501(c)3 organization)

Proposals should be prepared on 8.5x11 paper or as an electronic document. Be sure to include other supporting materials such as photographs, brochures, newsletters, etc.

After the grant is awarded, the recipient organization is expected to

  • Provide documentation to show funds were used as described in the proposal
  • Provide pictures for website and publicity purposes
  • Give funding credit to NMPCA in newsletter, press release, website or other forms of communication.

Deadline: Proposals for each year award will be accepted from October through March 15 (postmark by). Decision on the award will be made by June 30. Proposals should be mailed to:

NMPCA Armstrong Grant
c/o Michael Thornton
PO Box 26811               
Albuquerque, NM  87125

Questions: Contact Michael Thornton, 

Bill Armstrong Grant Applications:
Deadline March 15. 

2020 Grant

New this year:  Register on the Grant Event to signal your interest, first.  Then send the full proposal by March 15, 2020.  

Previous Grant Awards

Read articles about previous grant awards in

Other previous grant awards:

  1. Potter’s Guild of Las Cruces for educational lectures after a trip to China
  2. Santa Fe Desert Academy for a kiln sitter.
  3. El Rito Arts Association for presentation of a workshop at the El Rito campus of Northern New Mexico College.

1.  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, $455 for tools to be used in classes in Clay Science at the museum. 

2.  Apprenticeships for Leaders in the Mosaic Arts – ALMA.  $500 to augment funds for their mural arts program.  

Read more details about these grants on our on-line newsletter article.

1. Manzano Mountain Art Council: $750

2. Santa Fe Community College: $500

3. Adelante: $250

1.  Dixon Elementary School: $800 for a micaceous clay workshop.  The program will take place in the Fall of 2015 and Spring, 2016 and will be called: "Pueblo Pottery of the Region."  There are 20 third and fourth graders and 28 fifth and sixth graders who will participation.  The program is beneficial for a number of children to enhance their knowledge of the culture in their area and their understanding of pottery and history.

2.  Silver City Clay Festival:  $500 to assist with preparation and staffing assistance for the Jack Troy workshop, one of the major events of this year's clay festival. 

The winner of the 2014 Bill Armstrong Grant was the q-Staff Theatre in downtown Albuquerque. The request was for the materials, tools and firings needed to hold a workshop in making clay drums which will then be used in various theatrical performances. The drums are designed in such a way that they can also be used as wind instruments. The participants will be theatre group members as well as associated group members.

There were two awards provided for the 2013 Bill Armstrong Grant. The primary recipient was the Turquoise Trail Charter School (on North 14, south of Santa Fe). An award for the fabrication and installation of a mural in an outdoor courtyard. 

A secondary award was granted to the Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in South Valley of Albuquerque for purchase of glazes for their ceramics program.

Details and pictures of awards.






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