Fashion Institute Midwest Awards Four Grants to Regional Fashion Designers

Fashion Institute Midwest Awards Four Grants to Regional Fashion Designers

The Fashion Institute Midwest awarded four regional-area fashion designers grants earlier this month on July 11, 2014. Recipients awarded where Dan Richters, Buf Reynolds, Jennifer Pool and Tamara Newson.

Dan Richters, local designer and fabric engineer, received a grant for supplies, materials, travel and equipment needed to further his connections with a showroom and clients in L.A. through 2014. Buf Reynolds and Jennifer Pool were approved for grants to aid with supplies, fabric and materials for their independent collection presentations in the upcoming Omaha Fashion Week event. Tamara Newson received a grant, which will cover sewing class costs. Recipients document and share their requested intentions with the FIM panel and co-creators.

This is the third round of grants awarded this year, with the next round happening in September. Grants are approved and awarded by the FIM Board four to six times throughout the year to regional fashion designers who apply through FIM's online grant application system.

The mission of the Fashion Institute Midwest is a non-profit to support the growth of regional fashion designers by providing talented individuals access to four pillars of success: creative inspiration, technical training, resources and business education.

The Fashion Institute Guild, FIG, is the supporting organization for the Fashion Institute Midwest. FIG's mission is to support local fashion talent through fundraising and volunteering. Membership details at