Development History

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been the principal source of the Apprend Foundation's funding. "To date over 20 grants ranging from $5,000 - $240,000 have been awarded by funders such as the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH); the R.J. Reynolds Foundation; the Preyer Family Foundation; the NC Arts Council; and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. In addition, others grants have been awarded by North Carolina-based sources such as: the North Carolina Humanities Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Preyer Family Foundation, and the R. J. Reynolds Foundation.

"Crafting Freedom" is the abbreviated name for the popular teacher workshops offered since 2005 to 1000+ teachers from throughout the U.S "Crafting Freedom: African American Entrepreneurs of the Antebellum South" or "Crafting Freedom" focuses on several 19th century African–American figures, many of whom are also treated in the on-line media and materials resource, the Crafting Freedom Materials Project freely available to teachers.

"Crafting Freedom" is one of the longest running NEH-sponsored teacher workshops and each year it typically receives twice as many applicants for the 72 openings. In 2013, the workshop was featured in an NEH blog post to Congressional staff about outstanding NEH-funded programs. Workshops participant evaluations consistently rate "Crafting Freedom" very good-excellent. Some deem it the best teacher workshops they have ever attended.