Grants, opportunities and awards for craft and design - 2016 could be your year!

Resolved to invest in your creative future in the New Year? Dreaming of taking your business to the next level and looking for mentoring and support? You could be in luck in 2016, but you better act fast - these opportunities all end in January.

Tools can be enigmatic - functional, specific, strangely named. Saddlery tools - co-opted for fine leather work -  are no exception; is that a stitching fork or a pricking iron? Groover, channeller or creaser?

Tools can be enigmatic - functional, specific, strangely named. Saddlery tools - co-opted for fine leather work -  are no exception; is that a stitching fork or a pricking iron? Groover, channeller or creaser?

Our old alma mater, Cockpit Arts has linked up with a number of Livery Companies to offer studios and business support to talented designer-makers. This January, the Leathersellers' Company are looking for up to six designer-makers who want to develop new work using leather - we sincerely hope that some previous Designer Courses students will apply…

If fabric is more your forte, Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards will assist weavers ‘with an entrepreneurial spirit’ - with access to looms and equipment, as well as studio space and business advice.

Check out both Cockpit Arts opportunities here - from January 2016.

Continuing the textiles theme, the Textile Society has a wide number of awards on offer, ranging from student bursaries to professional development bursaries for makers, curators and writers about related subjects.

Textile Society bursaries and awards - deadline January 22 2016

Scholarships of up to £18,000 are available from The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. Championing craft in all its forms, QEST funds further study, training and practical experience for craftspeople, and has recently added Apprenticeships to its repertoire. Katherine Pogson, the founder of Designer Courses received her Scholarship in 2011 and has loved becoming part of the QEST family - her tip? Write a very carefully thought-out proposal, and be prepared to be interviewed by a table full of Royal Warrant Holders!  

QEST scholarships - deadline January 25 2016

The Heritage Crafts Association may conjure up a slightly dusty image, but that could not be further from the truth. A dynamic community of highly skilled crafts people with a passion for keeping skills alive, they offer a sheaf of awards including training bursaries and apprenticeships, nominations for volunteers, trainers, Maker of the Year and more...

Heritage Craft Awards - deadline January 8 2016