Membership

Become a Member!

  • Access to workspace, tools, and equipment

  • Discounts and early notice for certain classes and events

  • Free use of the Tool Lending Library

  • 10% discount for additional members of your household

Our Memberships are Sliding Scale

We believe a supportive community and tools to which one can discover and cultivate their unique gifts, should be accessible to all, regardless of economic status.  We also know first-hand that it costs money to sustain a makerspace.

Offering a sliding scale to membership is our effort to balance these realities, and acknowledge the different financial realities of individuals while also ensuring we can sustain our operations for the long haul.

The sliding scale thrives on trust. We trust you to be honest in assessing your economic reality when choosing a pricing tier.

Each pricing tier has a limited number of memberships.

The following links provide some guidance to help you choose the appropriate sliding scale tier.

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Tier 1 price is the actual cost of membership.

There are 175 membership available at this level.

  • If you choose a membership price below the top tier, you are receiving a discount.
  • This top price is what it takes to maintain the facility and tools, and resource our staff to provide a valuable membership experience.
  • If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, or if you are able to pay for "wants" and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, this price is for you.

Pay it Forward

If you are able to pay for the Tier 1 price comfortably and would like to “pay it forward”, your donation of any amount helps us sustain this sliding-scale offering by offsetting the cost for others.  Consider a recurring monthly donation to have the greatest impact.

Choose Tier 1 if the following are true for you:

  • I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic needs (food, housing, health care, and transportation)
  • I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs
  • I own my home or property OR I rent a higher-end property
  • I own or lease a car
  • I am employed or do not need to work to meet my needs
  • I have regular access to health care
  • I have access to financial savings
  • I have an expendable* income
  • I can always buy new items
  • I can afford an annual vacation or take time off

* Expendable Income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the movies or a concert, buy new clothes, books, and similar items each month, etc.

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Tier 2 price is for those who are able to meet their basic needs but have little expendable income.

There are 50 memberships available at this level.

  • This level is for someone who may stress about meeting basic needs but still regularly achieves them.
  • If you are struggling to conquer debt, build savings, or move away from paycheck-to-paycheck living, but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here.
  • If you, however, can ask others, such as family members, partners, or friends, for financial support, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and limit opportunities for others.

The sliding scale thrives on trust. We trust you to be honest in assessing your economic reality when choosing a pricing tier.

Choose Tier 2 if the following are mostly true for you:

  • I may stress about meeting my basic needs* but still regularly achieve them
  • I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs
  • I own or lease a car
  • I am employed
  • I have access to health care
  • I might have access to financial savings
  • I have some expendable income**
  • I am able to buy some new items & I thrift others
  • I can take a vacation annually or every few years without financial burden

* Basic Needs include food, housing, health care, and transportation.

** Expendable Income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the movies or a concert, buy new clothes, books, and similar items each month, etc.

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Tier 3 price is for those who struggle to meet basic needs and paying for this membership may be a hardship. 

There are 25 memberships available at this level. 

  • This level is for someone who qualifies for government assistance, including food stamps and medicaid.
  • If you struggle to maintain access to basic needs such as health care, housing, food, childcare, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you probably belong here.

If the price of Tier 3 is still too prohibitive, and you believe membership to Makers Mill would support your path to economic security and/or significantly improve your mental health, please reach out to josh@makersmill.org to explore scholarship opportunities. 

Choose Tier 3 if the following are mostly true for you:

  • I frequently stress about meeting basic needs* and don’t always achieve them
  • I have debt and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs
  • I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing
  • I do not have a car and/or have limited access to a car but I am not always able to afford gas
  • I am unemployed or underemployed
  • I qualify for government assistance including food stamps and health care
  • I have no access to savings
  • I have no or very limited expendable income**
  • I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them
  • I cannot afford a vacation or have the ability to take time off without financial burden

* Basic Needs include food, housing, health care, and transportation.

** Expendable Income might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the movies or a concert, buy new clothes, books, and similar items each month, etc.

Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility.

Maker Member

Great for those who plan to attend classes but don't need independent access to shops and tools.

  • Access to workspace, tools, and equipment for your personal or professional projects during Support Hours only*
  • Free Tool Lending Library Pass
  • Eligible to rent a locker
  • 10% off Day Passes
  • 10% discount on Maker Memberships for your household. Must be applied for via Management.
  • Discounts, early notification, and exclusive registration windows for certain classes and events

*Maker Members are granted limited access to each shop, during weekly Support Hours. Each shop offers two hours of Support Hours every week.  Certain tools and equipment still require additional Tool Safety Assessment and sign off.

Shop Member

Best for those who want more freedom to use shops and equipment independently.

  • All Maker Member benefits, plus...
  • Your own key fob to the building
  • Access to workspace, tools, and equipment for your personal or professional projects
  • Access to online platform to converse with other Shop Members
  • Receive 4 guest passes per month (see details below)
  • Eligible for small studio and large project area rental (for additional fee)

A Shop Member Orientation is required before activating this membership level.  Certain tools and equipment still require a Tool Safety Assessment and sign-off before available for independent use.

Try it Out!

This is a 3-month Shop Membership for only $120, so you can try out the makerspace!

  • All Shop Member benefits, but...
  • This pass can only be used once per person.
  • After the three months are up, you can choose to upgrade to the regular Shop Membership level for $65 per month.

A Shop Member Orientation is required before activating this membership level.  Certain tools and equipment still require a Tool Safety Assessment and sign-off before available for independent use.

Other Resources for Members

Member Lockers

A limited number of small lockers are available that allow members to safely and conveniently store their tools and materials on-site.  These lockers are FREE for Members!

Ask at the Greeters Desk or contact the office at 603-569-1500 or info@makersmill.org for more information.

Member Studio Rentals

A few small, partitionable spaces with stunning views over Wolfeboro’s Back Bay and excellent natural lighting are available on a short or long term rental basis, as well as larger flex areas for someone working on a project that may require extended time and space.

Ask at the Greeters Desk or contact the office at 603-569-1500 or info@makersmill.org for more information.

Restrictions & Requirements

  • Shop Membership & Day Passes are available to anyone age 18 and up. (Opportunities for youth will be available through special events, workshops, and programming.)
  • Certain tools and equipment require a Tool Safety Assessment regardless of membership status.
  • All Members are required to read and sign the Membership Agreement and the Liability Waiver before their membership is considered active.
  • Members are required to read the Makers Mill Handbook and be familiar with the policies and procedures contained therein so as to contribute to a shared space that is safe, orderly, accessible and equitable.
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Membership Options for Everyone

Scholarships, Sliding Scale, Inclusivity

We are committed to offering a space and programs that are accessible to everyone to share their unique gifts and skills, and achieve their personal and professional goals.

As such, if you are experiencing any barrier to accessing or feeling welcome in this space, we want to work with you to resolve that barrier. We value creativity and trust we can find a creative solution. These solutions could come in the form of financial assistance, mentorship, mediation, evaluation of policies, etc.  Contact us for more information.

For those who have the means to pay it forward and/or support this goal of inclusivity, donations can be made to our scholarship fund.

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