South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2015-16

Dumfries & Galloway Council, Scottish Borders Council, DG Unlimited and Upland in partnership with Creative Scotland are running a combined Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme 2015-16.  The scheme is for individual artists and makers living and working in the Scottish Borders or Dumfries and Galloway. Artists and makers are eligible to apply for awards towards the cost of developing their creative practice.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their work – whether they are at an early or established stage of their practice - and to advancing their skills and ideas.  The intention is that the fund will have a significant impact on applicants creative activity, and take their practice forward.


Please note that the deadline for completion of funded projects is 30th November 2016 - please take this into account when making your application.


There is a total of £13,800 available for the Awards - with £2150 remaining for the final third round.  Individual awards between £500 and £1,500 are available, which will assist artists and makers to develop and extend their own personal practice. Applicants are advised to request the appropriate amount required for the project, rather than automatically apply for the maximum grant available.  The Awards Panel reserves the right to offer an amount different to that requested.

Applicants can apply for up to 90% of the total cost of their project. The applicant must fund a minimum of 10% of the project funds. Successful applicants will receive 85% of the awarded grant on signed acceptance of their contract. The final 15% of the grant will only be paid upon completion and receipt of an Evaluation Form at the end of their project.

  • 5pm Monday, 15th June 2015
  • 5pm Monday, 14th September 2015  
  • 5pm Monday, 21st March 2016
Completed applications (from Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway) to be sent by post to:
Kay McCluskey
Arts Development, Scottish Borders Council
Room 304, Tower Mill
TD9 0AE 
(We will acknowledge receipt of your application, if you do not hear from us within 5 working days please get in touch).

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than 6 weeks after the published deadlines.




Should an applicant wish to discuss any aspect of submitting an application – indeed this is recommended - please contact Mary Morrison or Amy Marletta using the contact details below.    Enquiries from the Scottish Borders should be directed to Mary and from Dumfries and Galloway to Amy: 


Mary Morrison
Creative Leader CABN : Creative Arts Business Network
Tel: 01450 360689
Mobile: 07789 944 993
Amy Marletta
Professional & Talent Development Manager, Upland
Tel:  07871201473

Before you complete your application please also have a look at the guidance notes from Creative Scotland   Creative Scotland Guidance and these top tips Top Tips.

Guidelines can be downloaded here and application forms can be downloaded here.  
Alternatively you can request further information by emailing:




Creative Scotland    SBC    D&G    

     D&G UNlimited  Upland