This training bursary is targeted at Black and ethnically diverse makers, as this is an under-represented group in heritage crafts. It is sponsored by the City & Guilds Foundation following initial sponsorship from DCA Consulting and is one of a suite of awards and bursaries offered by Heritage Crafts to support and celebrate craftspeople.

Apply for up to £4,000 to start training in a heritage craft or to further develop your skills.


Ray Clarke, upholsterer, photo by Jo Sealy as part of the Black Artisans project

Ray Clarke, upholsterer, photo by Jo Sealy as part of the Black Artisans project

It is still the case that the UK craft sector does not accurately reflect the diversity of the UK as a whole and, for this reason, we are taking positive action to target this grant at Black and ethnically diverse groups who are currently under-represented in the craft sector.

We believe that the value of our craft heritage comes from the diversity of skills and traditions across all of our communities, wherever they originated and whenever they were brought here. We want everyone to feel included in Heritage Crafts and our work, no matter how long they have called this country home or what their background may be.

You could be just starting out on your journey in craft or at the point where you want to turn a hobby into a career, or you could already be a maker who is looking to further develop your heritage craft skills.

If you are new to a craft and you would like assistance with finding a trainer, please get in touch and we will do what we can to help. Successful applicants will be supported by the Heritage Crafts team to develop an action plan. We will work with you to monitor progress and support you to achieve your aims.


What can this grant be used for?

There are a number of routes to learning a craft skill. Applicants can apply for a grant for any amount up to £4,000 which can cover or contribute towards:

      • some or all of the costs of training with a craftsperson;
      • the cost of attending a specialist training course;
      • undertaking a self-directed programme of training with one or more craftspeople;
      • living costs while training with a craftsperson.

You can also allocate a small proportion of the bursary (less than 50%) to the following;

      • buying specialist tools or materials;
      • buying books and study materials.


How to apply

Please apply by downloading and filling out the application form, which also contains more information about the bursary including the assessment criteria. We will also accept a video application of no more than 10 minutes in length in which you address all of the questions in the form.

      • Download the application form here – NOW CLOSED

Assessment, shortlisting and final selection will be carried out by the Heritage Crafts Awards judging team, and interviews will be carried out by Zoom.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 13 December 2021. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please email Mary Lewis at