Apply for QEST funding and new emerging maker grants
Many glass artists have been among the 800 people awarded funding by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) since it began the scheme in 1990. Now is your chance to join them as the latest round of scholarship and apprenticeship funding applications opens on 10 July until 14 August 2023.
Up to £18,000 is available to each talented craftsperson whose bid is successful.
This year, in addition to the scholarship and apprenticeship funding, new Emerging Maker Grants are being offered for the first time. This new funding will support talented, early-career craftspeople in their development. Makers with four years or less of professional practice, who have a strong connection to materials, technical skills and processes, can apply for up to £10,000.
The funding specifically supports training and education to enable makers to enhance their craft skills and advance their careers. The training can take many forms, from traditional college courses to vocational, one-on-one training with a master craftsperson, or a bespoke programme of short courses.
QEST will be running three ‘How To’ sessions via Zoom to introduce interested makers to the different funding available, as well as tips and advice for filling in applications, plus the opportunity to ask questions.
How to Apply for a Scholarship
Wednesday 12 July, 1-2pm
How to Apply for an Apprenticeship
Tuesday 18 July, 1-2pm
How to Apply for an Emerging Makers Grant
Thursday 20 July, 1-2pm
Successful applicants will receive their awards in November 2023.
For more details on the funding opportunities available, visit: www.qest.org.uk/apply
Read about the glass artists who received awards in the last round here.