Emerging Maker Grants

Please note:

Applications are now open for our Autumn funding round, closing on Monday August 12 at 5pm.

To support applicants in preparing their application, we held a Zoom session on Thursday July 18. The video recording is now available to watch here: https://youtu.be/S7iMnExb24g

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The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) offers Emerging Maker Grants of up to £10,000 for the training and education of talented craftspeople at an early stage in their career.

An Overview

What does an Emerging Maker Grant support?

The Emerging Maker Grant is a new funding opportunity for talented early-career craftspeople. The grant provides funding of up to £10,000 to committed makers who have been practising professionally for four years or less and who have a strong connection to materials, technical skills and processes.

The funding specifically supports training and education programmes to help makers enhance their craft skills and advance their careers. The training can take many forms, from traditional college courses to vocational one-on-one learning with a master craftsperson, or a bespoke programme of short courses.

What will you receive?

A grant of up to £10,000 towards craft training and education.

Who can apply?

The grant is open to all makers who identify their practice within the field of craft and have a strong foundation and clear commitment to their craft. Emerging makers are defined as individuals at an early stage of their career, who have been in professional practice for four years or less. The grant is not suitable for individuals who are just starting out or pursuing making as a hobby.

Makers must also be:

  • Aged 18 or above at the time of application
  • Living in the UK with the right to reside either permanently or a long a term basis
  • Intending to continue to practice in the UK and contribute to the UK craft industry

When are applications open?

Applications are open twice a year:

  • Spring: Applications open from January to February with awards made in May.
  • Autumn: Applications open from July to August with awards made in November.

Please note, our funding is competitive, and we receive many more applications than we can support. Strong applications are from makers who can demonstrate a high level of skill, a clear direction for their practice, and can articulate how the training will enhance their practice.

Before applying, please read the complete application guidance here: QEST Emerging Maker Grants Guidelines 2024.

If you have any questions about making an application, your eligibility or your proposed training, please get in touch:

Email us at [email protected]

Call us on 020 7798 1535

We offer an optional enquiry call to provide early-stage advice and guidance to individuals who consider themselves under-represented in the arts, crafts, or education sectors, or those who need additional support to complete their application. These short calls aim to support individuals to better understand the eligibility criteria and the assessment process. If you'd like to book in a one-to-one call with our Grants Manager Emma Sims, please click here.

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