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Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards – Fife

We are pleased to announce another round of Project Grants as part of the VACMA Fife scheme. As the Fife awards are part of the national VACMA scheme, in line with this, we will be using the nationally set deadline of Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 5pm.

They are funded by Creative Scotland, Fife Council and Fife Cultural Trust, and administered by Fife Contemporary and Fife Cultural Trust.

This year, as well as the application form to complete, applicants are also asked to fill in an Equalities’ Monitoring Form. Creative Scotland, as a National Lottery Distributor and an NDPB of the Scottish government, require this useful statistical information about who they are funding.  Please note it is anonymous and is not part of the application process itself.

Artists can only apply for a Project Grant within this round – no applications for the Development Programme or Mentoring can be accepted.

To apply:

1    Download & read the Guidelines’ document – VACMA-Fife Guidelines 16-17

2    Download & read the application form – VACMA Fife application form 2017.  Contact Fife Contemporary to check that your proposed project fits the scheme guidelines ( / / 01334 474610) & to have any queries you may have answered

3   Complete the application form

4    Download & complete the Equalities’ Monitoring Form – VACMA Equalities-Monitoring-Form-Indiv

Email the completed application form plus other requested information/material to Susan Davis at Fife Contemporary by the deadline above.  You may also use Dropbox or WeTransfer.

If you have not already done so, you may well find it useful to sign up to our Artists’ mailing list to receive an opportunities & news Newsflash every 2 weeks.

Here’s why some recent recipients of a VACMA grant found it useful:
Carolyn Scott, photographer & filmmaker: “Applying for a #VACMAScotland grant is straightforward and not onerous. Staff at Fife Contemporary are available, encouraging and very happy to guide and advise. Applying for a grant helps the artist to focus, question and justify the project in mind. Receiving a grant is reassuring, gives confidence and relieves some of the financial pressure. Accounting for the grant is straightforward and not challenging. From a personal point of view: ‘The Centre; Glenrothes’ – The #VACMAScotland grant paid for the printing. ‘East West Hame’s Best’ (installation); Cupar Arts festival 2016 – the #VACMAScotland grant allowed me to hire equipment and help to install.”

Grace Girvan, jeweller: “I was really pleased to receive a #VACMAScotland grant earlier this year.  Before I filled out the application, I contacted Fife Contemporary to discuss the initial ideas for my project, this really helped me to clarify my proposal. The application process was straightforward and uncomplicated.  My grant enabled me to work with a Fife based photographer (Rachel Rose Photography) and make-up artist to produce a collection of images of my jewellery on a model.  I will use these images on my website shop, on social media and for display at fairs.  Without the grant, I would not have the high quality, professional images I have now.”

Marion Smith, sculptor: on how she found the application


To view a series of short films about past recipients of the Fife artists’ grants, please go to our YouTube channel, or click on the links below:

Jeanette Sendler –
Lindsay Brown –
Lorraine Smith –
Sheena Watson –
Steve Ratomski –

Further Opportunities

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  • Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Awards

    Creative Scotland’s ‘Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund’ aims to support young people aged 14-20… Are you interested in developing your skills in one of the following areas? Drama Dance Music Film Visual Arts Literature Digital Arts Sometimes creative… Read More

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