AHFA grants $54K to furniture design, manufacturing education programs

HIGH POINT – The American Home Furnishings Alliance Furniture Foundation has awarded $54,000 in educational grants for 2024. This follows an additional $35,000 in scholarships awarded to 12 students last week.

AHFA established the Furniture Foundation in 1948 to fund initiatives to improve management, manufacturing and marketing within the home furnishings industry. Since 1990, it has distributed more than $4 million in grants for projects that it says support its mission.

The largest recipient this year once again was Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) in Hickory, North Carolina. The college received $22,000 for its two furniture academies, including $7,000 for scholarships to support up to 28 students enrolling at its main Hickory campus and $15,000 for scholarships providing tuition for up to 60 students at its Alexander Furniture Academy in Taylorsville.

Other recipients include:

  • $12,000 to Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, to continue funding four $3,000 scholarships for the furniture design program. This is the third year of a three-year commitment to support the program. The school offers a bachelor of science degree in industrial design focused on product development, environmental concerns and manufacturing requirements.
  • $10,000 to the Home Furnishings Hall of Fame to develop a curriculum for an educational program targeting middle and high school students about opportunities for careers in the home furnishings industry.
  • $5,000 to WithIt, the home furnishings industry’s leadership development network for women, to fund professional conference registration for women entrepreneurs, independent contractors and job-seekers who do not have support from a company to fund their participation in the organization’s annual professional leadership conference.
  • $5,000 to Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute for scholarships for students in the upholstery and sewing programs and for replacing outdated staple guns in the upholstery lab.

Last year, AHFA awarded $61,000 in grants, in addition to $54,000 in 2022.

More information, as well as details on how to apply for grants, can be found here.

See also:

  • AHFA Solution Partners awards $35,000 in student scholarships
  • AHFA grants $54K to fund students entering home furnishings industry

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