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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 with the next deadline for most schemes is 8 October 2019. An extra deadline has been added for a few areas on Tuesday 4 June 2019.

Many of the VACMA schemes also provide mentoring opportunities. Please see the relevant local guidelines for further details.

Whilst each devolved award is tailored to the needs of local artists and makers, we have some overall guiding principles and information to help you with your application.

More information


Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Guidance 2018-19

View and download the supporting guidance for applicants to the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards, in PDF format.

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 21 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 deadline
Aberdeen Deadline passed
Aberdeenshire Deadline passed
Ayrshire (North, South and East) Next Deadline: 4 June 2019
City of Edinburgh Deadline passed
Dundee Deadline passed
Dumfries and Galloway Next Deadline: 4 June 2019
East Lothian Deadline passed
Fife Deadline passed
Forth Valley & West Lothian Deadline passed
Glasgow Deadline passed
Highlands and Moray Deadline passed
Na h-Eileanan Siar Deadline passed
Orkney Deadline passed
Perth and Kinross Deadline passed
RenfrewshireNext Deadline: 4 June 2019
Scottish BordersNext Deadline: 4 June 2019
Shetland Islands Next Deadline: 4 June 2019

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.