VACMA Small Grants Scheme

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 North Lanarkshire Council.

The VACMA Scheme offers two levels of bursaries and you should apply for the one that best suits your situation.

  • Bursaries of £750
  • Early-career bursaries of £500*

*For applicants that have less than 5 years experience outside of education/training, graduated in 2018 or later, or that have not studied art formally but have been practicing 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, working or maintaining a studio space within the Local Authority area to which they are applying.

photograph by John McKenna

Photo credit: John McKenna

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 24 October 2023, 5pm

VACMA Application Form 23-24

Equalities Monitoring Form

VACMA artist checklist 23-24


VACMA Guidance 23-24

John McKenna – Previous Recipient