Ayrshire Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award Scheme

South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Arts Partnership SCIO, North Ayrshire Council and East Ayrshire Leisure in partnership with Creative Scotland are running a local combined Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) Scheme. The VACMA scheme offers 2 routes through the standard application form.

You should apply for the one that best suits your situation:

  • Grants between £500 and £1,500
  • Or
  • £500 bursaries are available to New Graduates/Emerging Artists. Applicants must have less than 3 years’ track record outside of education or training or graduated since 2016.

Hear from two previous VACMA recipients:


You can apply to either of the following two rounds:

  • Autumn deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 8 October 2019
  • Winter deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 4 February 2020

Applicants will be notified within 8 weeks of the deadline on the outcome of their application. You will be contacted if there is any change to this timetable.

Application forms

Creative Scotland’s general guidelines can be accessed here: Supporting guidance for visual arts crafts fund

For further information please contact Laura Kerr on 01292 616421 or laura.kerr@south-ayrshire.gov.uk