Grants for Early-career Craftspeople – New Round Open

Deadline: 12/08/24
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The Emerging Maker Grant is a funding opportunity for talented early-career craftspeople who have a strong foundation and commitment to their craft, but who are still in the process of developing their skills and expertise.

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This grant scheme is provided by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST).

QEST supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships and one-to-one training with a master craftsperson; helping to support Britain’s cultural heritage and sustain skills in traditional and contemporary crafts.

Objectives of Fund

The Emerging Maker Grant is a funding opportunity for talented early-career craftspeople who have a strong foundation and commitment to their craft, but who are still in the process of developing their skills and expertise.


Value Notes

A grant of up to £10,000 is provided towards craft training and education.


Who Can Apply

The grant is open to all UK based makers who identify their practice within the field of craft and have a strong foundation and clear commitment to their craft. Emerging makers are defined as individuals at an early stage of their career, who have been in professional practice for four years or less.


Restrictions

The grant is not suitable for individuals who are just starting out or pursuing making as a hobby.

The scheme does not fund:

  • Performing arts
  • Audio arts
  • Literary arts
  • Body arts
  • Art Psychotherapy
  • Trades (eg plumbing)

Ineligible activities:

  • Anything not related to craft.
  • Design-only courses such as architecture or theory-led PhDs – there must be a practical or technical element to the training.
  • Setting up a studio.
  • Business development or investment costs.
  • Applications that solely request materials, travel or accommodation.

Applicants cannot use the grant to pay for:

  • Home-based overheads such as rent or living expenses.
  • Personal expenses or sustenance costs.
  • The purchase of precious metals or stones (such as platinum or gold).
  • Studio rental or upgrade costs.
  • Childcare costs.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding specifically supports training and education programmes to help makers enhance their craft skills and advance their careers. The training can take many forms, from traditional college courses to vocational one-on-one learning with a master craftsperson, or a bespoke programme of short courses.


Location

United Kingdom


How To Apply

Applications are open biannually, in spring and autumn. (Spring: Applications open from January to February with awards made in May. Autumn: Applications open from July to August with awards made in November.)

Applications for the autumn funding round are now open. The deadline for applications is 12 August 2024.

Applications are completed via an online form.

More information can be accessed at the QEST website.

Contact QEST for further information.

Deadline: 12/08/24
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