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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. The next deadline for most schemes is 5 February 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 Next Deadline: 5 February 2019
Aberdeenshire Next Deadline: 5 February 2019
Ayrshire (North, South and East)Next Deadline: 5 February 2019
City of Edinburgh Next Deadline: 5 February 2019
Dundee Next Deadline: 5 February 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Next Deadline: 5 February 2019
East Lothian Next Deadline: 5 February 2019 (funds permitting)
Fife Next Deadline: 5 February 2019
Glasgow Next Deadline: 5 February 2019
Highlands and MorayNext Deadline: 5 February 2019
Na h-Eileanan Siar Deadline passed
Orkney Next Deadline: 5 February 2019 (funds permitting)
Perth and KinrossNext Deadline: 5 February 2019
Scottish BordersNext Deadline: 5 February 2019
Shetland Islands Next Deadline: 5 February 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.