Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program

Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program

The Craft Lake City DIY Festival nourishes individual artisans and small business owners in Utah by promoting DIY culture and providing them with opportunities to attract new customers, promote their work to new audiences, seek new opportunities and grow their sales. Craft Lake City wants to ensure that these opportunities are available to all Utah communities.

In support of this goal, Craft Lake City has designed the Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program, which will benefit five first-time individual DIY Festival exhibitors. The program includes business training, networking opportunities, waived participation fees and mentorship.

The 12th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented by Harmons will be held virtually, and Craft Lake City has reworked the Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program in a way that is conducive to this format. This year, accepted Artisan Scholars will receive waived fees, networking opportunities, group mentorship through an online question-and-answer event, and access to business classes.

Mentorship for the Artisan Scholars is provided by seasoned makers with a history of participation in the Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival, and will be provided in a virtual group question-and-answer format in 2020. Artisans will have access to mentors for any individualized needs or questions that arise during the application process and the virtual festival.

After the Festival, Craft Lake City hosts a feedback session where Mentors and Scholars share their successes and discuss their experiences. If you are interested in becoming a future Artisan Mentor, contact us at (801) 906-8521 or info[at]craftlakecity.com.

How do I know if I qualify?

Following are the qualifications for the Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program:

  • You must be an individual first-time Craft Lake City DIY Festival exhibitor. You may apply for the scholarship if you have applied to but have not yet exhibited at the Festival.
  • Your annual household income must fall below the 50% AMI (Area Median Income) bracket of your county of residence. Refer to this chart. For example, if you live in Salt Lake County, your annual household income must be $36,100 or less to qualify for the program.
State County MSA 50%AMI
UT BEAVER COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,600
UT BOX ELDER COUNTY Ogden-Clearfield, UT $32,550
UT CACHE COUNTY Logan, UT-ID $28,600
UT CARBON COUNTY NON METRO AREA $31,900
UT DAGGETT COUNTY NON METRO AREA $34,850
UT DAVIS COUNTY Ogden-Clearfield, UT $36,750
UT DUCHESNE COUNTY NON METRO AREA $32,650
UT EMERY COUNTY NON METRO AREA $31,700
UT GARFIELD COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,600
UT GRAND COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,600
UT IRON COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,600
UT JUAB COUNTY Provo-Orem, UT $33,800
UT KANE COUNTY NON METRO AREA $31,750
UT MILLARD COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,700
UT MORGAN COUNTY Ogden-Clearfield, UT $36,750
UT PIUTE COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,600
UT RICH COUNTY NON METRO AREA $31,650
UT SALT LAKE COUNTY Salt Lake City, UT $36,100
UT SAN JUAN COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,600
UT SANPETE COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,600
UT SEVIER COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,600
UT SUMMIT COUNTY NON METRO AREA $36,100
UT TOOELE COUNTY Salt Lake City, UT $36,100
UT UINTAH COUNTY NON METRO AREA $34,700
UT UTAH COUNTY Provo-Orem, UT $33,800
UT WASATCH COUNTY NON METRO AREA $37,100
UT WASHINGTON COUNTY St. George, UT $27,450
UT WAYNE COUNTY NON METRO AREA $30,600
UT WEBER COUNTY NON METRO AREA $36,750
  • You must be juried into the DIY Festival as an individual exhibitor based on the quality of your work.
  • If you are selected to be an Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program participant, you must commit to being an active and engaged participant in all associated programs and trainings, and must meet all requirements to prepare to participate in the Craft Lake City DIY Virtual Festival. If a selected Artisan Scholar does not participate in all program events and complete program requirements, they will not be permitted to participate in the Virtual 12th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented by Harmons. These trainings and programs include:
    • Virtual business training (TBD)
    • Online question-and-answer meeting with Artisan Mentors (July 6)
    • Virtual 12th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival (August 7-9)
    • Wrap-up meeting (August 26)

Application Process

  • Submit your application for the Virtual 12th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival and pay the $20 festival application fee by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, June 15, 2020. Craft Lake City provides Application Assistance Days to provide local artisans free support with the DIY Festival application process.
  • Craft Lake City will invite individual first-time DIY Festival applicants to submit an Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program form. Scholarship applications are due Thursday, June 18, 2020.
  • Select applicants will be invited to a phone interview with members of the Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program Committee
  • Scholars must be juried into the Festival based on the quality of their work. Applicants will be notified on July 1, 2020 by email if they have been accepted into the Festival.
  • Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program Committee will announce the Virtual 12th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Artisan Scholars on July 1, 2020.