Arts and Culture Funding

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2018-19

'Levenish' Boreray, St Kilda Screenprint (elainemurray.co.uk)

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, in partnership with Creative Scotland

The Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (#VACMAScotland) are a programme of small grants schemes with a range of local authorities and art agencies across Scotland to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development.

In 2018, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will continue to work in partnership with Creative Scotland to support individual artists and makers who live and work in the Outer Hebrides.

Awards of between £500 and £1,500 are available.

THERE IS ONE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
TUESDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2018

To apply please download the following:

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: CNES: Guidance (772.2kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Creative Scotland: National Guidance (62.1kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: CNES: Application Form (112.2kB)

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: CNES: Application Form (699.2kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Equalities Monitoring Form (98.9kB)

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Equalities Monitoring Form (460.6kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Details of awards made at previous funding rounds are available here:

Summary of Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards in 2010 -11 (803.6kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Summary of Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards made between 2011 and 2017 (546.3kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Drop-in advice sessions with presentations by Creative Scotland and local artists/makers will be held at An Lanntair and Taigh Chearsabhagh on 21st August 2018. For further information, to check eligibility and for advice on completing your VACMA application, please contact:

Elsie Mitchell: Arts Development Officer: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

emitchell@cne-siar.gov.uk  T: 07949 412 307

#VACMA Local Advice Sessions

Stephen Palmer, Visual Arts Officer, Creative Scotland, will introduce the Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards scheme and will also speak about Creative Scotland and its funding more generally. At An Lanntair, Jordane Symington: Islewear (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) will give a talk about the benefits of her 2017 VACMA grant to her jewellery practice. At Taigh Chearsabhagh, Louise Cook: Shoreline Stoneware (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) will speak about the impact of her VACMA grants in 2011 and 2015 on her creative development as a ceramicist. Each of the presentations will be followed by a series of 1-2-1 10min pre-booked advice sessions with Stephen Palmer, targeted particularly at individuals considering applying for funding to #VACMA but also covering other Creative Scotland funding for Visual Artists/Craft Makers. The local advice sessions are free but prior booking is essential.

Tuesday 21st August 2018: An Lanntair

11.30 – 12.00: Presentation

12.00 – 1.30: pre-booked 1-2-1s

Tuesday 21st August 2018: Taigh Chearsabhagh

6.30pm - 7pm: Presentation

7pm – 8.30pm: pre-booked 1-2-1s

Comhairle Supported Arts Organisations

The Comhairle currently support 5 key Arts organisations via Annual Funding Agreements

An Lanntair (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
a contemporary arts centre in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
a contemporary arts and heritage venue in Lochmaddy, North Uist.

Hebridean Celtic Festival (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
an international Celtic Music Festival which takes place in Stornoway (and at a number of rural venues) over 4 days in July.

Ceolas Uibhist (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
a Gaidhlig cultural, traditional music and dance Summer School/ Events programme held in South Uist in July.

Feisean nan Gaidheal (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
the umbrella body for the Feis movement receive CnES funding to support seven local Feisean in the Outer Hebrides to hold week-long Gaelic music, drama and cultural tuition festivals for children and young people.

Sgioba na Gaidhlig

Sgioba na Gaidhlig offer Financial Support for Small Gaelic Projects. Applicants must be properly constituted community groups. Projects must meet one or more of the three Strategic Objectives of the Gaelic Language Plan for the Western Isles 2007-2012:

  • To strengthen Gaelic as a language in the family in the Western Isles
  • To strengthen Gaelic as a community language in the Western Isles
  • To increase the number of Gaelic speakers in the Western Isles

For guidelines and application forms please refer to Financial Support for Small Gaelic Projects.

The Ross and Cromarty Educational Trust Scheme 1961

This scheme awards small grants and bursaries to individuals and community groups based in Lewis. Applications can be made for Arts and Cultural projects. For further details please download the Ross and Cromarty Educational Trust Guidelines (32.3kB) and Application Form (45.0kB) or contact:

Catriona Maciver
Department for Education
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Sandwick Road
Stornoway
HS1 2BW

Tel: 01851 709 546
e-mail: catriona-maciver@cne-siar.gov.uk

Grants To Voluntary Organisations

The Social and Community Services Department operate grant schemes which can support cultural activity. Please refer to Grants To Voluntary Organisations for full details.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway can offer support to arts and cultural businesses based in the Outer Hebrides via a range of schemes including: 

Outer Hebrides Youth Entrepreneurship Fund Scheme a new grant scheme expected to run until March 2019. It is open to all young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 40 wishing to set up a new business venture based in the Outer Hebrides. The following funding streams are available: 

  1. Funding to allow Youth Entrepreneurs to test out a new business idea to establish whether it will work before taking the next step to start the business – up to £500 and up to 100% of eligible costs.
  2. Funding to allow young entrepreneurs to set up a new business venture. The funding can be used towards capital, marketing, e-commerce enablement and revenue costs – up to £3000 and up to 75% of eligible costs (up to a maximum of 25% of revenue costs).

For full details please contact businessgateway@cne-siar.gov.uk or refer to Business Gateway Assistance Available