The philosophy of any VdGSA educational grant is to provide the greatest number of teaching and learning opportunities for the greatest number of people, with special preference given to areas not regularly served by teachers. There are no deadlines, but instead applications will be accepted at any time during the year.

Awards are made on a calendar year basis. Further, we will not accept applications prior to 18 months before a scheduled workshop. With this stipulation we are trying to be fair to those chapters planning workshops well ahead of time, but also to accommodate the type of situation where players may discover that a teacher will be in their area in the very near future who is willing to give a workshop if they can fund it.

We will give preference to groups or teachers not funded in the past two years. (Unless there is unused money available, no sponsoring group will be funded two years in a row.) No single grant shall exceed $500.

Recipients of a local workshop grant shall report to the grant program coordinator, with a copy to the newsletter editor (, within 30 days of the completion of the workshop.

Applications should include:

  • Name of the VdGSA member contact person for the event
  • Chapter or region holding the event
  • Number of people expected to attend
  • Workshop title
  • Schedule of events
  • Proposed coach(es)/teacher(s)
  • Expenses anticipated (e.g., coach fees, travel expenses)

Applications should be submitted to:
Lucy Bardo
91 Branch Road
New Marlborough, MA 01230
tel. (413) 229-7720
e-mail Lucy Bardo.

Sponsors of all funded projects are expected to write a report afterwards for the VdGSA News. Funding may be used for any reasonable expense associated with your event. Got a project? Tell us about it, and we'll try to help.

If you need help finding coaches contact
Sarah Mead
14 Second St.
Natick MA 01760-2618
tel.(508) 655-2597
e-mail Sarah Mead.

For other information or organizational advice, please contact
Jane Furth
224 W. 18th St. #7A
New York, NY 10011
Phone (212) 924-2783
e-mail Jane Furth.

People looking for teachers may also be interested in our "Circuit Rider" Program. Information on that program can be found here