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Craft Scotland - Support and Funding


At Craft Scotland, we are committed to keeping the sector informed during these unprecedented times.

Craft Scotland continues to monitor the situation and work closely with our funders and partners to support the craft community. Read our full message on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our Maker’s Guide to Coronavirus (COVID-19), regularly updated with resources and information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Support

Support for the Self-Employed
Rolling deadline
This UK Government scheme was created in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and aims to support people who are self-employed or a member of a partnership and who have lost income due to the pandemic. It will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. 

Opportunity provided by: UK Government
Location: Across the UK

Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund
Re-opens 20 Apr 2020
Closing Date:
25 Apr 2020
This fund will provide financial support for individual creative practitioners and/or freelancers who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation of work due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency to sustain their creative practice in Scotland.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Scotland
Location: Across Scotland

Creative Scotland Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development
Closing date: 30 Apr 2020
This fund is a revised approach to the organisation’s Open Project Fund, and will support creative practitioners to continue to develop work. Applicants will be encouraged to use funding to explore how best to sustain their practice, and reimagine their work, during the current climate and in the months to come. Funds may also be used for the development and presentation of work.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Scotland
Location: Across Scotland

Coronavirus: Help and Support for your Business - FSB Webinars
Rolling deadline
A series of webinars supporting the self-employed and small businesses, with advices and the latest information from experts, guiding you through help for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and the self-employed, and how to access support from your local council. 

Opportunity provided by: The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Location: Online

Online Tutorials for Businesses
Rolling deadline
Business Gateway has made available a selection of online courses and tutorials for individuals and businesses to navigate through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Opportunity provided by: Business Gateway
Location: Online

Craft Scotland Opportunities

Webinar - Sector Support for Makers during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Event date: 20 Apr 2020
Join Craft Scotland’s Irene Kernan (Director) and Jo Scott (Head of Programmes) as they walk you through the sector support currently available for makers and craft organisations during Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Opportunity provided by: Craft Scotland
Location: Online
Craft Scotland is keen to understand the expected and unexpected ways the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is affecting the sector.

We know that as a maker, venue, studio, or curator, you will have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. 

We would appreciate you completing this short survey to help us to identify potential areas where we can support your business/practice and the wider craft infrastructure. 

>>> Go to our Makers Survey on the Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

>>> Go to our Venues, Studios and Curators Survey on the Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Concrete letters: Studio Emma / Photography by Susan Castillo

Please note that due to current events, some opportunities may be postponed or cancelled. Always check the organiser's website.

Opportunity organisers if you would like your information updated on our website, please email mayanne@craftscotland.org


Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme
Closing date: 30 Apr 2020
The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme offers a grant of £1,000 to £7,000, a learning programme tailored to your needs, mentoring and peer-support. It has already helped almost 2,000 enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations. 

Opportunity provided by: The School for Social Entrepreneurs
Location: Across Scotland

Awards & Competitions

The John Byrne Quarterly Award
Closing date: 30 Apr 2020
The John Byrne Quarterly Award is a free, online exhibition, competition, and community, welcoming people who seek a deeper understanding of the values that drive our beliefs and actions.  

Opportunity provided by: The John Byrne Award
Location: Across Scotland

The Great Pottery Throw Down Series 4 Now Open for Application
Closing date: 3 May 2020
The search has begun for Britain’s best home potter to showcase their talents on The Great Pottery Throw Down. Please note that the series will only be filmed after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has improved and it is safe to do so.

Opportunity provided by: Love Productions
Location: Across the UK

Ceramic Review: CR50 Writing Competition
Closing date: 31 May 2020
Do you want to develop and showcase your talent as a writer and explore the exciting world of ceramics? Enter Ceramic Review's competition for a chance to be published both online and in print, and win £200.

Opportunity provided by: Ceramic Review
Location: Across the UK

Wool Innovation Prize 2020 Now Open
Closing date: 23 Jun 2020
The Worshipful Company of Woolmen and The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England are pleased to open applications for this year's Wool Innovation Prize.  

Opportunity provided by: The Worshipful Company of Woolmen and The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England
Location: Across the UK

The Cordis Prize 2021 for Tapestry
Closing date: 11 Jan 2021
The Cordis Prize, the world’s largest award for tapestry, is set to return for it’s fifth round in 2021. The £8,000 prize aims to encourage and reward ambition and scale in the field of contemporary weaving.

Opportunity provided by: The Cordis Prize
Location: Across the UK

Conferences & Maker Training 

Virtual Coffee and Chat - Capturing Mobile Videos
Event date: 20 Apr 2020
A great way to engage with fellow makers, learn new skills and make the most of the lockdown! This session will look at how to capture great videos on smartphones.

Opportunity provided by: Artisanry Co.
Location: Online

Virtual Coffee and Chat - Social Media Growth
Event date: 27 Apr 2020
A great way to engage with fellow makers, learn new skills and make the most of the lockdown! This session will be about how to get the most out of social media channels.

Opportunity provided by: Artisanry Co.
Location: Online

Creative Entrepreneurship - Postgraduate Short Course
Closing date: 6 May 2020
The Look Again Creative Entrepreneurship course is a fully funded, Postgraduate level course providing business development support for creatives in Scotland - taking place over 6 full-day online workshops during June/July 2020. 

Opportunity provided by: Look Again Aberdeen
Location: Online

Adding Social Purpose to your Business
Event date: 2 Jun 2020
A mind and heart inspiring talk about building social purpose into the framework of your existing business without derailing your focus.

Opportunity provided by: Creative Entrepreneurs Club
Location: Online

Free Course: Understanding Mental Health
Rolling deadline 
If you are a maker interested in mental health or are looking to work with people with mental health problems, this free course might be for you.

Opportunity provided by: Free Courses in Scotland
Location: Online

Exhibit & Sell

Exhibit at Handmade Oxford 2020
Closing date: 24 Apr 2020
The International Contemporary Arts Festival, Handmade Oxford, will take place at the Waterperry Gardens on 17 - 20 September 2020 (new dates). 

Opportunity provided by: Handmade in Britain
Location: Oxford

Exhibit at Handmade Chelsea 2020
Closing date: 30 Apr 2020
Handmade Chelsea, the contemporary craft and design fair returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 November 2020.

Opportunity provided by: Handmade in Britain
Location: London

CRAFT | Top Drawer A/W20 Edition: Call for Entries
Closing date: 1 May 2020
The 12th edition of Craft at Top Drawer, the UK’s leading lifestyle trade show, introduces leading designer-makers to professional retailers, galleries and museums as they make their first buying decisions for the new season. 

Opportunity provided by: Top Drawer
Location: London

Call for Artists for an Exhibition on the Circular Economy
Closing date: 10 May 2020
Fife Contemporary are asking designers, makers, craft practitioners and artists to send in examples of existing work which are designed and/or made in a way that complements or illustrates 1 of the 4 main areas the exhibition will focus on, or an example of existing work that explores the theme of The Circle more generally.

Opportunity provided by: Fife Contemporary
Location: Across Scotland

The 62 Group of Textile Artists - Membership 2020
Closing date: 1 Jun 2020
Membership for The 62 Group of Textile Artists is open to those of any age, gender or nationality working in any textile media worldwide.

Opportunity provided by: The 62 Group of Textile Artists
Location: Across the UK

Apply to Exhibit at London Design Fair
Closing date: 17 Sep 2020
Join London’s leading showcase of design, brands, maker, pavilions and galleries. 

Opportunity provided by: London Design Fair
Location: London

Residencies & Jobs

Creative Retreat AiR Program (October 2020 - March 2021)
Closing date: 7 May 2020
North Lands Creative promotes good principles on conservation, education and sustainability through retreats, study, research, reflection and the arts.

Opportunity provided by: North Lands Creative
Location: Caithness


Research & Promotion

The Goldsmiths’ Centre launches Student and Apprentice Membership
Rolling deadline
The Goldsmiths’ Centre has launched a free membership for students and apprentices registered on UK precious metal courses. The membership provides full access to its new online Skills Hub, a back-catalogue of its inspiring Creative Links talks, and industry-specific resources.

Opportunity provided by: The Goldsmiths' Centre
Location: Online

Stories from the Sector
Rolling deadline
Over the next few months, we would love to share even more inspiring stories from the sector and promote your practice. Send information/images about your news, awards, collaborations to hello@craftscotland.org.

Opportunity provided by: Craft Scotland
Location: Online

Send us your craft-related videos: we’re looking to update our Craft.TV section with exciting craft-related videos from the sector. We have just added videos by maker Eve Campbell, and former Cove Park resident Hrafnhildur Halldorsdottir
Email hello@craftscotland.org with your Youtube/Vimeo URL, a 30-word description of your video, your practice and links to your website. 

Photography by Thomas William on Unsplash
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