Service Update – Coronavirus

The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) scheme offers small grants to visual artists and craft makers for their creative development at all stages of their career. These awards are supported by Creative Scotland through funding from the National Lottery in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and Future Paisley.

This year we will continue to offer fixed bursaries in recognition of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on individual artists and makers. The VACMA scheme offers two levels of bursaries:   

  1. Bursaries of £750
  2. Early-career bursaries of £500 (For applicants that have less than 5 years’ experience outside of education/training, graduated in 2016 or later, or that have not studied art formally but have been practising as an artist for up to 5 years).    


The fund is open to visual artists and craft makers who can demonstrate a commitment to developing their creative practice and who are living or working or maintaining a studio space within the Local Authority area to which they are applying.  


Deadline Information

Round 6 - 5pm on Tuesday 26th October 2021

Round 7 – 5pm Tuesday 1st February 2022

 The guidance for both bursaries, application form and equalities monitoring form can be found on the right hand side tab of this page.


Support with your Application

You can discuss the ideas behind your application and how the award will help to develop your practice by contacting prior to the deadline and we will be happy to help.

For a broader overview of the scheme, as well as answers to some specific questions - you can also view or download a recording and transcript of the two online VACMA Information Sessions hosted by members of Creative Scotland’s Visual Arts Team in October 2020.

View and download the presentation deck in PDF format 

View and download a transcript of the Q&A in PDF format 

 Please note: previous VACMA applicants can reapply, however, end of project report forms for previous projects must be submitted before you can apply to a new round.


The Application Process

All completed applications, forms and evidence should be sent to the by the deadline.


All eligible applications go to a panel meeting that will make decisions on who is supported. The panel is made up of representatives of Renfrewshire Leisure and local arts professionals. Creative Scotland officers are also involved in the panels to bring a wider overview of developments at a national level.

In advance of the panel meeting, the panel will read and consider your written application as well as viewing the six supporting images. During the panel meeting, the visual and written material is reviewed and discussed against the criteria. The recommendations for awards are based on these discussions. If you are not successful individual feedback will be provided.

Alongside your application, you must complete an Equalities Monitoring Form. This provides Creative Scotland with essential statistical information so that they can understand who receives funding and any gaps. The Equalities Monitoring Form is anonymous and will be processed separately from your application. Data is managed confidentially, has no bearing on your application and is processed in accordance with Data Protection laws and GDPR.

Applicants will be notified within 6 weeks of the deadline on the outcome of their application. You will be contacted if there is any change to this timetable.





Download the Application Form as a word document.

Please make sure that you read the Guidance Notes before starting to write your application. 

Please also download and complete the Equalities Monitoring Form

If you have any questions please email



Please click on the images below to read about some of the artists who received VACMA funding towards their professional development in the 2019/20 rounds of our awards.

gillian steel

Gillian Steele 

Awarded funding in Round 3 of the 2019/20 scheme towards the development of a new artists film and training in sound production skills.


jess ramm

Jess Ramm 

Awarded funding in Round 1 of the 2019/20 scheme towards the development of an experimental installation and to instigate new collaborations.


kevin cameron

Kevin Cameron 

Awarded funding in Round 2 of the 2019/20 scheme for R&D towards the development of a new artists film.


thomas carden

Tomas Carden 

Awarded funding in Round 3 of the 2019/20 scheme towards research and development of new works for exhibition and an artist publication.

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