Funding & Grants

Various routes to funding for the creative sector – locally and nationally. Funding can be for both business or creative development, for individuals or organisations.

If you would like advice on funding please contact  or call 01750 726400.

We will be adding more links to this section as the website develops.

South of Scotland Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards 2017-18


Dumfries and Galloway Council, Live Borders, DG Unlimited and Upland in partnership with Creative Scotland are running a combined Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme 2017-2018. 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.

Amy Winstanley

AMY WINSTANLEY - Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award recipient 2014-15

Funds available

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 total budget available for the scheme running in 2017/18 is £13,100.   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.


  • Round 1 deadline:   5.00pm, 4 October 2017
  • Round 2 deadline:    5.00pm, 7 February 2018*


*if funds remain after Round 2, a 3rd deadline for applications will be announced.

RACHEL FROST - Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award recipient 2014-15


It is strongly recommended that prior to submitting your application you should seek guidance from either Mary Morrison or Amy Marletta (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: 01750 726400
Mobile: 07789 944993

Amy Marletta
Professional & Talent Development Manager, Upland
Tel:  07871 201473

Before you complete your application please refer to the guidance notes from Creative Scotland, and these top tips.


You can download the guidelines and application form here:

Please note for the 2017-18 scheme, we are asking all applicants to complete an Equalities Monitoring Form.  Creative Scotland have requested the additional information to better understand and evaluate their schemes and where support is going and identify any gaps in its distribution. The information provided will not be used as part of the assessment process.

Completed applications (from Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway) to be sent by post to:

Mary Morrison, CABN

Arts & Creativity, Live Borders

St Mary’s Mill



or by e-mail to:  

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged – if you have had no contact 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.

HOPE LONDON - Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award recipient 2015-16


Links to Funders

Creative Scotland

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Wellcome Trust

Scottish Borders Council Business Fund

Hope Scott Trust (provides practical information and support on finance and funding to help you start up and grow your business.)