Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

  • Grants and Funding
  • Scotland
  • Grants and Funding
  • Scotland

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The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) are a programme of small grants schemes delivered with a range of local authorities and art agencies across Scotland to support Scotland-based visual artists and craft makers in their creative development.

Established by Creative Scotland, these partnerships give support at a local level and work with local panels to offer funds to support practitioners at all stages of their career who have demonstrated a commitment to their work and in developing their practice through new work, new skills or new opportunities.

Applicants can apply for fixed bursaries of £500 and £750.

Application Process + Deadlines
Applicants should apply to their local scheme using the application form for that area. Links to each scheme are provided HERE.

There are two deadlines:
Autumn: 5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021
Winter: 5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022
Please check with your local scheme to see if they are running both deadlines.

Further Information
We have developed FAQs for the VACMA scheme. If you have a question that isn’t covered in this document or the guidelines, please contact your local scheme directly.
View and download the FAQs (opens in a new window).

Local Schemes
We worked with partners in 24 local authorities across Scotland in 2020/21. We are always looking to expand our network of Local Authority partners. If you are interested in developing a local scheme please contact

See HERE for further information about local schemes in your area and their deadlines.

Whenever schemes are launched or deadlines are imminent, these will also be posted on Creative Scotland’s Opportunities website. Also follow the Twitter hashtag #VACMAScotland for the latest announcements.

These schemes run alongside our support for individual artists, available through the Open Fund for Individuals.

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