The Dewar Arts Awards support Scotland’s young artistic talent, including craft makers. Anyone under 30 and living in Scotland who can demonstrate outstanding abilities is eligible to be nominated by a sponsor. Applications are considered on a rolling basis; however, it can take several weeks to process applications so make sure to allow plenty of time. Full details and an application form can be found on the Dewar Arts Awards website.
QEST funds further study, training and practical experience for UK makers who can display a high level of skill and are committed to their craft. Funding of £1,000 to £18,000 is available through the scholarships and apprenticeships, and they are awarded twice a year. Further details can be found on the QEST website.
The Heritage Crafts Association open applications to their awards in September each year and applications typically close in mid-November. The Heritage Crafts Awards celebrate and highlight the traditional living crafts made in the UK that contribute to our national heritage. This includes weaving, wood turning, basketmaking, furniture making and upholstery, shoe making, metal, stone and clay crafts, textile crafts such as weaving, embroidery, knitting and lace making, the lettering crafts, boat building and other crafts where there is a significant degree of hand skill in the making process. Find out more about the Heritage Crafts Awards on the Heritage Crafts Association website.
The Furniture Makers' Company's Guild Marks and Sustainability Award aim to raise the profile of British design, innovation and manufacturing. The company offer their Guild Marks to furniture makers in the categories: Bespoke, Design and Manufacturing, as well as their Sustainability Award. The criteria are exacting, setting the bar high for applicants. Find out more about the awards on the Furniture Makers' Company website.
The UK’s premiere selling exhibition of contemporary glass awards prizes in association with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London and Art in Action. The British Glass Biennale is open to UK-based artists, designers and craftspeople, working in all areas of contemporary glass practice or using glass as a key design element. More information about these biennial awards can be found on the British Glass Biennale website.
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council aims to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design amongst UK-based makers working in silversmithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts. There are a number of awards bestowed every year to acknowledge the achievements of craftsmen and women in areas of specialist work and expertise in their field. You can find details of the major and special awards on the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council website.
The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding of the arts across the UK, with a particular focus on supporting emerging talent and excellence. Their funding allows artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. Details of currently available opportunities for artists are listed on the Jerwood Charitable Foundation website.
The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) aim to complement the employability and enterprise support provided in universities for arts students. They offer students from registered Universities business planning workshops, online resources, one-to-one advice and the opportunity to win up to £10,000 in start-up capital, enterprise training and business mentoring. Details of how to register yourself, your University and how to apply for the awards can be found on the DBACE website.
The Ceramic Art: Grants to Artists programme supports studio-based makers working in ceramics, and curatorial research in contemporary studio ceramics. Grants cover direct expenses for a period of independent research, creation, production of artworks for public exhibitions or the development of prototypes and promotional material. Awards of up to £1,000 are given annually with a deadline of 15 December. Find out more on the Craft Potters Association website.
The Trustees give grants of between £500 and £5,000 so that weavers can purchase special equipment to pursue their craft in a creative manner; enjoy a sabbatical period to reassess the creative nature of their work; undertake a specific project or projects which will progress their craft; or develop the craft in any other way in which the Trustees, at their absolute discretion, think fit. The grant is open to weavers living and working in the UK who have at least two years of work experience. Grants are awarded biennially. Find out more on the Theo Moorman Trust website.
The Royal Scottish Academy lists details of a variety of residencies and scholarships. These include:
The RSA Residencies for Scotland is an artist-led scheme which provides research and residency opportunities for artists and makers whilst creating networks with centres of artistic excellence across Scotland. These range from traditional residency venues to specialised production facilities. The residencies are open to visual artists at all stages of their careers and focus on enabling a period of research, development and production, and the acquisition and exchange of new skills and experiences. Artists and makers can apply for funds of up to £5,000 and are responsible for managing their own residency, in discussion with the partner venue. Find out more on the RSA website.
The Barns-Graham Travel Award (£2,000) provides a travel and research opportunity for graduating and postgraduate students who are painters, printmakers or sculptors. The award is funded by the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy. Find out full criteria and how to apply for the award on the RSA website.
The Miss M.O. Taylor and Alexander Nasmyth funds are benevolent awards for the relief of impoverished artists of "sufficient standing to deserve the title". Applications are means-tested. To be eligible to apply you must have had some previous measure of success in the profession, e.g. have exhibited and sold work with a recognised gallery or institution. Awards made once a year. Find out more on the RSA website.
Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. There are two awards for entry: the Main Prize (£5,000 prize money) and the Student Prize (£1,000 prize money). Please visit the Aesthetica website for full information and details of the next prize.
Over nine days, the Pittenweem Arts Festival offers their 25,000 visitors a wide variety of exhibitions, workshops, talks, children’s events and evening performances, all related to the arts. The Festival awards up to two bursaries each year. The awards allow artists to exhibit to an audience far in excess of the number who would visit an art gallery exhibition. Find out more on the Pittenweem Arts Festival website.
If you are looking for financial support to either start or grow your business, several of the local Business Gateway offices will help you access funds available to you. In addition to a number of available grants and loans for individual regions, Business Gateway has expert local business advisers who offer free help and advice to both new and existing businesses. Find your local Business Gateway office.
Sadly, IdeasTap have closed their doors and can no longer offer their own funding. However, they do have an extensive list of resources, including a long list of grant-giving bodies, and cover a wide range of awards and resources for artists and makers. Take a look at what they have pulled together.
Details about one-off grants are included in our Opportunities and Training section.
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Craft Scotland has put together these pages based on organisations we have worked with or resources we have been made aware of through our work. We want these pages to act as a signpost for makers, instead of repeating information our partners have worked hard to collate and provide. If you are aware of existing funding that we do not have listed here, please get in touch to let us know about it.