Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards

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About the Programme

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

Applicants can apply for fixed bursaries of £500 and £750.

Application Process + Deadlines

Applicants should apply to their local scheme using the application form for that area. Links to each scheme are provided below.

There are two deadlines:

  • Autumn: 5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021 
  • Winter: 5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022 

Please check with your local scheme to see if they are running both deadlines.

Further Information

We have developed FAQs for the VACMA scheme. If you have a question that isn’t covered in this document or the guidelines, please contact your local scheme directly.

In October 2020 we held two free online VACMA Information Sessions, hosted by local partner representatives and members of Creative Scotland’s Visual Arts Team. You can view a recording of the presentation section of the Information Session below.


Other resources



Local Schemes

We worked with partners in 24 local authorities across Scotland in 2020/21. We are always looking to expand our network of Local Authority partners. If you are interested in developing a local scheme please contact visualarts@creativescotland.com.

See the links below for further information about local schemes in your area. Please note, the dates you can apply from may vary across local authorities.

Local AuthorityDeadline
Aberdeen City

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Aberdeenshire

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Angus

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Argyll and Bute

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Ayrshire

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Dundee

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

East Lothian

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Edinburgh

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Fife and Perth & Kinross

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Forth Valley (Falkirk + Stirling)

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Glasgow

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Highlands, Moray, and Western Isles

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

North Lanarkshire

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Orkney

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Renfrewshire

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

Shetland Islands

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

South of Scotland

5pm, Tuesday 26 October 2021

5pm, Tuesday 1 February 2022

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 Fund for Individuals.