Craft/Design Funding

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  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
    0117 987 6600
    0117 987 6500
    Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2AE

    AHRC have a range of programmes supporting top-quality research and postgraduate training in the arts and humanities. From around 1500 applications to their seven Research schemes they make around 550-600 awards. From around 5500 applications to their Postgraduate schemes for funding people in Higher education they make around 1500 awards. 

  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Art Grant
    Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX
    Janice Thorpe
    0207 361 3844

    The Arts Grants scheme is for arts activities or projects (by organisations or individuals) which are undertaken within the boundaries of the Royal Borough and demonstrate that they meet at least two of its strategic objectives. Also offer free funding surgeries. Deadlines three times a year, in 2010 * 5pm, Friday 21 May 2010, by 5pm, Friday 24 September 2010, by 5pm, Friday 21 January 2011

  • The Jerwood Foundation
    020 7654 0171
    Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN

    Awards include the Jerwood Painting Prize, Drawing Prize, Makers Award and Moving Media Awards in addition to commissions and grants to artists. 

  • Craft Central
    Pennybank Chambers, 33-35 St John's Square, London EC1M 4DS
    020 7251 0276
    020 7250 0297

    Craft Central supports craftpeople by offering business training, mentoring, networking opportunities and studio space. The Work Experience Programme lets students experience specific craft/design areas first hand and allows access to craftspeople and designers. 

  • Crafts Council
    44a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9BY
    020 7278 7700

    The Crafts Council's National Register of Makers provides the most comprehensive listing of contemporary craftspeople in Britain. Registration is free and open to practitioners living and working in Great Britain designing and making their own work. Registration is used by members of the public to contact individual makers, as well as shops, galleries, designers and businesses.  The Crafts Council also manages a Development Award, business advice unit, reference library and Photostore, containing over 35,000 selected images of work for viewing by potential clients.  Development Award deadlines are 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 November and candidates must be about to, or have set up their first workshop within the last 3 years. 

  • The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
    Enquiries to The Secretary, The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, No 1 Buckingham Place , London SW1E 6HR

    The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) makes awards ranging ranging between £1,000 and £18,000 to craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers.

  • Big Fund For Communities
    0845 275 0000

    The Big Lottery Fund will gives out grants between £10,000-£50,000 to projects offering people better chances in life including access to training, community-building and fostering healthier and more active people and communities. 

  • Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers
    46 Church Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3QU.
    Lisa Harms

    The aim of this Trust is to contribute towards weaving's development as a craft and educate future craftspeople. Grants are awarded to purchase specialist weaving equipment; sabbatical periods to reassess the creative nature of one's work; specific projects or to develop the craft in any way the trustees think appropriate. Applications are invited from weavers living and working in the UK for grants between £500 - £5,000 

  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation

    The Foundation welcomes applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs; grants are intended for a one-year period of time. Artists are required to submit a cover letter, an application, and images of current work. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration.

  • Ford Britain Trust

    The Ford Britain Trust invites applications from registered charities, schools/PTA's and non-profit organisations. The Trust focuses on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects clearly benefiting local communities to their UK sites. Applications from Ford employees are encouraged. Small grants for amounts up to GBP 250 are available four times each year and large grants for amounts up to GBP 3,000, are considered by the Trustees twice a year.

  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

    Grants for running costs or one-off capital costs to charities and not-for-profit organisations in accordance with criteria that are regularly reviewed and decided by the Trustees.

    In July 2008, the Trustees reviewed its grants policy and decided to concentrate on projects addressing Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation.

This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material.
The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.
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