Financial assistance is available to individual craft makers who are living and/or working in East Lothian towards the costs in creating new work or developing current work.
Awards of up to a maximum value of £1,500 are available.
The Craft Maker Awards are provided by East Lothian Council in partnership with the Creative Scotland.
The aim of the scheme is to offer awards to individual makers living and/or working in East Lothian towards costs in creating new work or developing current work.
Interested parties should note the following restrictions:
- Applications will not be considered for projects already started or planned to start, before the panel meeting date.
- Applications will not be considered for printmaking, graphic design, building crafts or conservation/restoration.
- Successful applicants cannot reapply for an additional award within the same financial year.
- Full-time students are not eligible to apply.
- Applications to run community and/or educational projects are not eligible.
- Applications will not be considered following the deadline date. If submitted, applications will automatically be carried forward to the next deadline.
- Makers who have received funding from either the Creative Scotland's Creative Development Scheme or the Creative Scotland's Start Up Scheme cannot apply for the same project within the same financial year.
- Panel members cannot make an application to the scheme during the same financial year as they sit on the panel. The panel member may resign for the forthcoming financial year in order to become an applicant.
To be eligible, applicants can be of any age, but must:
- Be a craft maker living and / or working (occupying a studio) within the East Lothian Council boundary.
- Demonstrate a commitment to their work and to advancing their skills and ideas.
The quality of applicants work is key. Successful applicants will have shown commitment to developing their skills and ideas, achieving a body of work outwith formal education.
Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
- The quality of their work, as shown in the information supplied and support material.
- The expected impact of support on their creative development.
The Panel may not be familiar with the applicant's work, and information given in applications should be clear and concise.
The responsibility for submitting quality material is the responsibility of the applicant.
Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for information regarding any potential match funding restrictions.
The scheme is principally concerned with contemporary creative work conceived, designed and made by individual practitioners, in ceramics, furniture and wood, glass, jewellery and metalwork, lettering, musical instruments, textiles and basket making.