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Bursaries for precious metals, fashion textiles and musical instrument making
NOW OPEN
Deadline: 5pm on Friday 23 February 2024

Bursaries for other crafts (to be confirmed)
OPENING IN MAY 2024
Deadline: 5pm on Friday 5 July 2024

These training bursaries are targeted at trainees and prospective trainees experiencing financial hardship. They are sponsored by The Royal Mint, the Costume Society, the Golsoncott Foundation and Jennifer Chen, and are part 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.


 

Zoe Collis, former apprentice papermaker at Two Rivers Paper (photo by Alison Jane Hoare)

Zoe Collis, former apprentice papermaker at Two Rivers Paper (photo by Alison Jane Hoare)

Many people are dissuaded from training in heritage crafts because of the cost, and therefore the make-up of the sector is not truly representative of the mix of backgrounds that make up the UK as a whole. This bursary has been set up to help cover or subsidise the cost of training for someone who would otherwise be prevented from pursuing this career path as a result of the cost.

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:

  • the costs of training with a craftsperson;
  • the costs of attending a specialist training course;
  • the costs of attending an accredited training course;
  • undertaking a self-directed programme of training with one or more craftspeople;
  • the cost of specialist tools or materials, books or study materials (no more than 25% of total budget).

The bursary cannot be used for general living expenses, research, promotional activities or anything else.

 

How to apply

Please apply by completing 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 105minutes in length in which you address all of the questions in the form.

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

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 23 February 2024. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please email Tess Osman at tess@heritagecrafts.org.uk.