Membership Enrichment Grants

VASTA is interested in facilitating networking between members of our profession. In the same spirit VASTA is offering small grants to support our members who wish to host regional gatherings, mini-conferences or workshops aimed at providing opportunities to members in their home region. We are calling these Membership Enrichment Grants (MEG). Currently they are in two categories:

  • Networking Hospitality Grants up to $150
  • Mini-Conference or Workshop Support Grants up to $500

See the description of each below:


MEG I: Networking Hospitality Grant up to $150.00


VASTA offers networking hospitality grants to VASTA members who are interested in hosting a member get-together to support networking among professional voice trainers.

The goal is to facilitate members in exchanging ideas, building relationships, and collaborating within regions. Hosts are encouraged to include professionals who may be interested in, but are not yet members of VASTA as a way to introduce them to the organization.

To be eligible to apply for this grant, you must:

  • be current with your membership

  • have been a member of VASTA for two consecutive years

Include in your proposal:

  • a prospective guest list

  • the date and location of your gathering
  • your projected expenses
  • your Postal Service permanent address

Send the application to the chair of the Awards and Grants Committee Chair (awards@vasta.org), who will get back to you as soon as possible. Grants are awarded on a first-come first-served basis until the budget for the year is depleted.

Following the gathering, the receipts for the gathering are submitted to the Treasurer and then a check for the approved amount will be reimbursed. Expenses above the approved amount cannot be reimbursed.

 

MEG II: Mini-Conference or Workshop Support Grants up to $500

VASTA is now offering grants to assist those VASTA members who wish to host a regional VASTA mini-conference or workshop. The grant can be used for conference/workshop related expenses such as:

  • presenter fees
  • materials
  • location rental
  • presenter travel or housing

The member requesting the grant may not be a presenter receiving a fee at the event. The primary purpose of the workshop may not be to make a profit for the coordinator.

First consideration will be given to proposals that promote the exchange of ideas, techniques, and pedagogy.

If a fee is charged to support the workshop, VASTA members should be given discount.

To be eligible to apply for this grant, you must:

  • be current with your membership
  • have been a member of VASTA for two consecutive years

Include in your proposal:

  • a description of the event including names of presenter(s)
  • the date and location of your event
  • your projected expenses
  • Your Postal Service permanent address

Send the application to the chair of the Awards and Grants Committee Chair (awards@vasta.org), who will get back to you as soon as possible. Grants are awarded on a first-come first-served basis until the budget for the year is depleted. Following the gathering, the receipts for the gathering are submitted to the Treasurer and then a check for the approved amount will be reimbursed. Expenses above the approved amount cannot be reimbursed.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR RECIPIENTS OF ENRICHMANT GRANTS

Announcements/invitations for hospitalities, mini-conferences, or workshops that have received a MEG say either "supported by VASTA" or "supported in part by VASTA" depending on the financial circumstances and that groups include a link to vasta.org on their announcements/invitations.

As a follow-up, the recipient of an enrichment grant must submit a paragraph or two about the event to the Awards and Grants Committee Chair who will forward it to be published in the VASTA Voice, the on-line newsletter.