Conservation Fund

Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild 

The Delaware Historic Sampler Guild (Guild) was formed in 2000 and currently has more than 180 members.  Members of the Guild share a passion for antique needlework samplers.  
The purpose of the Guild is to promote the art of historic and contemporary sampler making, pursue and study sampler history, and contribute to the preservation of antique needlework samplers.
Members meet on a monthly basis at Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, Delaware, on the second Saturday of each month from 10 A.M. to Noon. The general public is welcome to participate.  Annual dues are $25 payable each January for the calendar year.  Meetings are devoted to sharing information, hosting teachers of needlework designs and techniques and hosting guest lecturers on the topic of needlework.  Guild information, including meeting dates and programs, is available at   (currently meeting via ZOOM)
A portion of each member’s annual dues and member’s voluntary donations throughout the calendar year supports the Guild’s Conservation Fund.  Conservation Funds are donated annually to a community non-profit organization located in the mid-Atlantic area of the United States that is committed to the conservation and the general public’s education of antique needlework samplers.  In previous years, the Conservation Fund has ranged between $500 and $3000, as the amount depends on the number of members and member donations for that year.  Conservation Fund monies have been awarded in the past to non-profit organizations and used to conserve a specific antique sampler/s, offset the cost of seminars open to the public, and to purchase storage cabinets to protect antique samplers for the elements.  
The Guild invites non-profit organizations to submit an annual application to be considered by the Guild to receive the current year’s Conservation Fund. Non-profit organizations awarded funds of a previous year are welcome to apply for funds of a current year.  
Non-profit organizations may submit their hard copy application in letter format (see DVHSG Conservation Fund Application Form for the pdf file to be printed and completed) to the Guild from April 15 to August 31 by mailing it to:

Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild 
ATTN: Conservation Fund Committee 
P. O. Box 1292 
Hockessin, DE 19702 

Applications date stamped (by U.S. Post Office) by August 31  (annually) shall be considered.  The Conservation Fund Committee shall review each application and make a recommendation to the Guild’s Board for final approval.  Annually, in November, the Guild shall notify the awarded organization by U. S. Mail of its selection.  Organizations not awarded shall receive written notice as well.  The decision of the Guild’s Board is final. Organizations are encouraged to submit an application for each calendar year as each year is processed separately.
Questions and concerns may be directed to Guild member, (position open). 

DVHSG Conservation Funds/AS 
Revised June 2019

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