The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Now Open

Offering funding from £500-£1,500

Deadline: 4/02/2020

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Applications are now open for Round 2 of the (Visual Artist & Craft Maker Awards) VACMA Scheme 2019-20

Deadline for Applications:


Round 1: Tues 8 Oct 2019

Round 2: Tues 4 Feb 2020

We are delighted to announce that funding has been secured to run a new VACMA scheme for the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway.  Artists and makers in the South of Scotland can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,500, and there is a total funding pot of £13,000 available for the region.  In addition, for the first time ever, we will also be awarding New Graduate/Emerging Artist Bursaries of £500 for those with less than 3 years’ track record – either since graduating or outside of education or training.

Artists and makers are eligible to apply for awards towards the cost of developing their creative practice.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their work – whether they are at an early or established stage of their practice - and to advancing their skills and ideas.

Live Borders (CABN) and Dumfries & Galloway Council deliver the VACMA Scheme in partnership with DG Unlimited, Upland and Creative Scotland.

Funds available:

Individual awards between £500 and £1,500 are available. The Awards Panel reserves the right to offer an amount different to that requested. Applicants can apply for 100% of the total cost of their project. Before you complete your application please refer to the guidance notes from Creative Scotland, and these top tips.

It is strongly recommended that prior to submitting your application you should seek guidance from Mary Morrison (Scottish Borders) or Amy Marletta (D+G). 

Advice session with Creative Scotland on 17th September in Galashiels to support applicants. See the Cabn website for more details.

More info and application forms: