Financial assistance is available to individual artists and makers based or resident in Edinburgh for costs involved in creating new work or developing current work.
Awards range from £500 - £1,500. Applicants should apply for the appropriate funds needed for their project and will not automatically be awarded the maximum grant available.
Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council’s Culture and Sport Division provide the Edinburgh Visual Arts and Craft Maker Awards Scheme.
The Visual Artists Award and Craft Makers Award schemes award grants to individual artists/makers living or based in Edinburgh towards costs in developing new work.
- Applications will not be considered for projects already started or planned to start, before the panel meeting date.
- Applications will not be considered for marketing, graphic design, illustration, building crafts or conservation/restoration. Filmmaking must be in the context of visual art.
- Applicants cannot submit more than one application to a scheme per round.
- Previously successful applicants cannot reapply for an additional award within the same financial year.
- The Fund cannot make awards to an artist if he/she has been in receipt of EVAAC funding for two consecutive financial years. The artist/maker can apply again only after a period of two years following the date of the last award.
- Previously successful applicants must complete their project and submit a final report before applying to the scheme again.
- Full-time students are not eligible to apply.
- Applications to run community and/or educational projects are not eligible.
- Applications for business development are not eligible.
- Applicants who have received funding from Creative Scotland’s funding streams cannot apply for the same project.
- This fund does not cover the applicant’s time or childcare costs (unfortunately due to limited funds).
- Makers/visual artists living or based within the City of Edinburgh boundary are eligible to apply to the scheme.
- Makers/visual artists of all ages and at any stage of their career are eligible to apply, but must be outwith full time education.
The quality of applicant’s 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 expected impact of the financial support on their creative development.
- The quality of the applicant's work.
- The clarity of purpose behind the submission and reasons given for applying for an award.
- The quality of the supporting material supplied in support of the application (CV, statement of practice, visual material).
If applicants have previously received funding from this scheme, they should be demonstrating progression in their work/practice since the last award.
The Visual Artists Award Scheme aims to support visual arts practitioners working in the fields drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, photography, moving image and filmmaking.
The Craft Makers Award Scheme is aimed at craft practitioners who create contemporary work, in areas such as ceramics, jewellery and metalwork, furniture and wood, glass, textiles and basket-making.
The second deadline for application submissions for the Awards in 2015/6 passed on 22 January 2016. Details of further deadlines will be reported in due course.
Link to guidelines:
Applications should be submitted using the Application Form and be returned by the stated deadlines. All applications should be submitted in hard copy.