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Training bursary for those experiencing financial hardship

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.

Training bursary for young people 25 years old or less

The Arts SocietyDeadline: 5pm on Friday 8 September 2023

These training bursaries are targeted at trainees and prospective trainees aged 25 years old and under experiencing financial hardship. They are funded by The Arts Society and the Principality Building Society’s Future Generations Fund and are part of a suite of awards and bursaries offered by Heritage Crafts to support and celebrate craftspeople.

Principality Building Society Future Generations FundWe also have a bursary for older trainees we are running concurrently – click here.

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


 

Holly JohnsonMany young 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 nation as a whole. This bursary has been set up to help cover or subsidise the cost of training for someone aged 25 or under 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 10 minutes 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 8 September 2023. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please email Tess Osman at tess@heritagecrafts.org.uk.

Training bursary for Black and ethnically diverse makers

Deadline: 5pm on Friday 8 September 2023

TCity & Guilds Foundationhis 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 and is one of a suite of awards and bursaries offered by Heritage Crafts to support and celebrate craftspeople. We also have a bursary for non Black and ethnically diverse trainees we are running concurrently – click here.

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


 

Michelle Mateo

Michelle Mateo, 2022 bursary recipient

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:

  • 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 10 minutes 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 8 September 2023. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please email Tess Osman at tess@heritagecrafts.org.uk.

Training bursary for Army veterans

Army Benevolent FundDeadline: 5pm on Friday 8 September 2023

This training bursary is targeted at British Army veterans. It is funded by the Army Benevolent Fund and is one of a suite of awards and bursaries offered by Heritage Crafts to support and celebrate craftspeople. We also have a bursary for non Army veterans we are running concurrently – click here.

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


 

ABF The Soldiers' CharityThe need for gainful employment utilising a range of practical skills gained through military service is well-documented, along with the mental wellbeing benefits of such employment.

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.

Applicants will be selected based on the quality of the training provided and the likelihood of continuation and gainful employment. The training will be overseen by relevant tutors or trainers as nominated by the successful candidate and approved by Heritage Crafts assessors. This can include either accredited courses or informal learning identified by the applicant, and the quality of the training will be verified by Heritage Crafts staff before any funding is awarded.

Successful applicants will be asked to commit at least £500 towards to the cost of their training in order to demonstrate the required level of commitment, and this will be verified with the nominated training provider.

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 10 minutes 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 8 September 2023. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please email Tess Osman at tess@heritagecrafts.org.uk.

Training bursary for Wales

Ashley Family FoundationDeadline: 5pm on Friday 8 September 2023

These training bursaries are targeted at those who plan to have a craft career in Wales but have been prevented from starting or continuing their training as a result of financial hardship.

Principality Building Society Future Generations FundThey are funded by the Ashley Family Foundation (all ages) and the Principality Building Society’s Future Generations Fund (25 years old or less) and are part of a suite of awards and bursaries offered by Heritage Crafts to support and celebrate craftspeople. We also have a bursary for non Wales-based trainees we are running concurrently – click here.

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


 

CrefftwrMany people in Wales 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 nation 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 10 minutes 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 8 September 2023. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please email Tess Osman at tess@heritagecrafts.org.uk.