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Local Support For Artists And Makers #VACMAScotland

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 available

Deadlines: Tues 8 Oct 2019 and Tues 4 Feb 2020

Visual Artists and Craft Makers across the country are invited to apply for a new round of grants of between £500 – £1,500 for the development of their practice. 

Developed by Creative Scotland in collaboration with Local Authority partners over several years, the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) programme has extended this year to include 26 local authority areas including Angus, Argyll & Bute, North Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts at Creative Scotland said: “VACMA provides vital, local support to artists and makers at all stages in their career, including those who are recent graduates or who have an emerging practice. 

“We are delighted that we have so many partners working with us to deliver the programme which generates such important, long-lasting benefits to the creative people working in their area.”

The awards are made possible with support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and through the resources of the Local Authority partners. 

Awards can cover costs associated with developing practice including researching, creating and presenting new work or advancing skills, technical ability and ideas. 

The scheme is administered locally by partners across the following 26 local authority areas: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Ayrshire (North, South and East), City of Edinburgh, Dundee, East Lothian, Fife, Forth Valley & West Lothian, Glasgow, Highlands and Moray, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South of Scotland (Borders and Dumfries & Galloway), Shetland Islands and West Dunbartonshire.

Partners are holding drop-in information sessions for interested applicants. Please see below for further information: 

  • Edinburgh: Tuesday 3 September 2019 (10:00 – 12:30)
  • Dundee: Wednesday 11 September (16:00-18:00)
  • North Lanarkshire: Thursday 12 September (10:00 – 12:00)
  • Aberdeen: Thursday 12 September 2019(17:00 – 19:00)
  • Renfrewshire: Friday 13 September (12:00-14:00)
  • Inverness: Wednesday 18 September (17:30 – 19:00)
  • Borders: Wednesday 18 September (TBC)
  • Falkirk: Wednesday 25 September (12:00 -14:00)

Details about information sessions in Angus, Argyll and Bute, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire will be announced shortly. 


For guidance and application forms please visit:

Local Authorities interested in in developing a local scheme, are invited to contact:

About Creative Scotland 
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Follow us on Twitter @creativescots, Facebook and Instagram

Media contact:
Claire Thomson
Media Relations and PR Coordinator 
Creative Scotland
Tel: 0141 302 1708