Support is available for the training of apprentices in the UK entering the field of traditional arts and living heritage.
One award/bursary is available worth up to £5,000.
This scheme is part of a suite of awards and bursaries that give recognition to those working in the field of traditional skills. This awards scheme celebrates and highlights traditional living crafts that contribute to the national heritage of the United Kingdom. This may include crafts such as weaving, wood turning, basket making, furniture making and upholstery, shoe making, metal, stone and clay crafts, embroidery, knitting and lace making, lettering and boat building.
The purpose of this grant is to assist with the training of apprentices in the field of traditional arts that contribute towards British living heritage. However, it is recognised that apprenticeships are not the only way to learn a craft and other training routes will be included. This bursary is funded by the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.
Information regarding restrictions has not been stipulated. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further information.
Previous grants have been awarded to people involved in traditional heritage crafts such as weaving, basket making, hand engraving, stone and wood carving and ironwork. There is a particular emphasis upon supporting crafts that may be in danger of vanishing without additional support and which are covered by the interests of the National Association for Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.
Match funding is not applicable to this award scheme.
Funding should be used to cover or contribute towards the following:
- The purchase of specialist tools or materials.
- Costs associated with attending a specialist training course.
- The purchase of books and study materials.
- The payment for training with a craftsperson.
This award scheme is currently closed to applications. The last deadline was 30 November 2016. Information regarding future deadlines will be given once available.
Interested parties should download the appropriate nomination from the Heritage Crafts Association website. It is preferred that applicants type directly into the form however they may also print the form and hand write it. Once completed, the form should be returned by or before the stated deadline. Applicants are advised to not send any additional information such as leaflets and CVs.
The application schedule is as follows:
- The Heritage Crafts Association will send an email to the proposer or nominee that will acknowledge receipt of the nomination form.
- The Heritage Crafts Association may contact the referees if the nominee is shortlisted.
- Proposers and nominees will be informed by email of the outcome.
- The awards will be presented at the Heritage Crafts Association's Annual Conference on Saturday 6 May 2017. This conference will take place in London and the winner will be presented with a certificate and a cheque. Finalists will also be presented with certificates.