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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.

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 next deadline
Aberdeen TBA
Aberdeenshire TBA
Ayrshire (North, South and East)TBA
City of Edinburgh TBA
Dundee TBA
Dumfries and GallowayTBA
East LothianTBA
Fife TBA
Forth Valley & West LothianTBA
Glasgow TBA
Highlands and MorayTBA
Na h-Eileanan Siar TBA
Orkney TBA
Perth and KinrossTBA
Scottish BordersTBA
Shetland Islands TBA

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.