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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

About the Programme

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

Awards of between £500 and £1,500 are available. We hold deadlines in October and February.

We have introduced a £500 bursary for recent graduates/emerging artists and Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow also run a Development/Mentoring Bursary of £1500 with added support through the year.

More information


Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2019/20 Equalities Monitoring Form

View and download the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2019/20 Equalities Monitoring Form in .doc format.

VACMA Application Forms by Local Authority

View and download the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards guidance and application forms for your Local Authority.

Local Schemes

See the links below for further information about local schemes in your area. Each partner is holding drop-in information sessions ahead of the October deadline.

We are currently working with partners in 25 local authorities across Scotland. We are always looking to expand our network of Local Authority partners. If you are interested in developing a local scheme please contact Stephen.Palmer@creativescotland.com.

Local AuthorityStatus and next deadline
Aberdeen Tuesday 4 February 2020
Aberdeenshire Tuesday 4 February 2020
Angus Tuesday 4 February 2020
Argyll and Bute Tuesday 4 February 2020
Ayrshire (North, South and East)Tuesday 4 February 2020
City of Edinburgh Tuesday 4 February 2020
Dundee Tuesday 4 February 2020
Dumfries and GallowayTuesday 4 February 2020
East LothianTuesday 4 February 2020
Fife Tuesday 4 February 2020
Forth Valley & West LothianTuesday 4 February 2020
Glasgow Tuesday 4 February 2020
Highlands and MorayTuesday 4 February 2020
North Lanarkshire Tuesday 4 February 2020
Orkney Tuesday 4 February 2020
Perth and KinrossTuesday 4 February 2020
RenfrewshireTuesday 4 February 2020
Scottish BordersTuesday 4 February 2020
Shetland Islands Tuesday 4 February 2020

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 Project Fund.