Training bursaries

for those experiencing financial hardship

Deadline: Friday 2 August 2024, 5pm

These training bursaries are targeted at trainees and prospective trainees experiencing financial hardship. They are sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation, City & Guilds Foundation, Army Benevolent Fund, Royal British Legion, William Grant Foundation, Ashley Family Foundation, Newby Trust, Anthony and Elizabeth Mellows Charitable Settlement, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars, Soane Britain, Kendrick Hobbs and Malcolm Gammie. They follow eight previous bursaries in 2024 supported by The Royal Mint, the Costume Society, the Golsoncott Foundation and Jennifer Chen, and are part of a suite of awards and bursaries offered by Heritage Crafts to support and celebrate craftspeople.

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Apply for up to £4,000 to start training in a heritage craft or to further develop your skills.

Zoe Collis, former apprentice papermaker at Two Rivers Paper (photo by Alison Jane Hoare)

Zoe Collis, former apprentice papermaker at Two Rivers Paper (photo by Alison Jane Hoare)

Many people are dissuaded from training in heritage crafts because of the cost, and therefore the make-up of the sector is not truly representative of the mix of backgrounds that make up the UK as a whole. These bursaries have been set up to help cover or subsidise the cost of training for someone who would otherwise be prevented from pursuing this career path as a result of the cost.

You could be just starting out on your journey in craft or at the point where you want to turn a hobby into a career, or you could already be an early-career maker who is looking to further develop your heritage craft skills.

If you are new to a craft and you would like assistance with finding a trainer, please get in touch and we will do what we can to help. Successful applicants will be supported by the Heritage Crafts team to develop an action plan. We will work with you to monitor progress and support you to achieve your aims.


What can this grant be used for?

There are a number of routes to learning a craft skill. Applicants can apply for a grant for any amount up to £4,000 which can cover or contribute towards:

  • apprenticeship-style training with a craftsperson/people;
  • attending a specialist training course (accredited or non-accredited);
  • undertaking a self-directed programme of training with one or more craftspeople;
  • the cost of specialist tools or materials, books or study materials, or supporting travel and accommodation (no more than 30% of total budget).

The bursary cannot be used for general living expenses, trainee salary, research, promotional activities or anything else.


Ring-fenced bursaries

Of the 27 bursaries available, 2 will be allocated to Black and ethnically diverse trainees, 6 to British military veterans, 5 to trainees who intend to work in Scotland and Wales, and 3 to rural crafts, decorative crafts and endangered crafts. The remaining 11 will be allocated depending on individual need. You will automatically be considered for the general funding pot as well as all of the categories that apply to you.


How to apply

Please apply by completing the application form, which also contains more information about the bursary including the assessment criteria. We will also accept a video application of no more than 15 minutes in length in which you address all of the questions in the form.


Assessment, shortlisting and final selection will be carried out by the Heritage Crafts judging team, and interviews will be carried out by Zoom.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 2 August. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please email Tess Osman at [email protected].

It can make you feel a bit insecure to not see people like yourself in the legends of your craft. It means so much to be part of Heritage Crafts for my confidence as a craftsperson, to meet others in the community and to feel less isolated and more part of a whole. This opportunity also gives me permission to dedicate time to being creative, which has otherwise been something I’ve had to neglect.

Hannah Girvan
Furniture maker
Hannah Girvan

Previous bursary recipients

Rosie Elwood, Jewellery Maker and Metal Thread Embroiderer

Rosie Elwood, Jewellery Maker and Metal Thread Embroiderer

Emma-Jane Rule, Silversmith

Emma-Jane Rule, Silversmith

Iona Hall, Silversmith

Iona Hall, Silversmith

Bursaries awarded to date

Heritage Crafts is delighted to have awarded 30 training bursaries for trainees to learn heritage craft skills since 2021, supported by The Royal Mint, the City & Guilds Foundation, the Costume Society, the Army Benevolent Fund, the Ashley Family Foundation, the Principality Building Society’s Future Generations Fund, the Golsoncott Foundation, the Arts Society, DCA Consulting, Kendrick Hobbs and Jennifer Chen.

  • Richard Barber, from Preston, to train with renowned jewellery maker Robin Girling in all aspects of stone setting in silver, gold and platinum.
  • Caius Bearder, from Glasgow, to train in silver spinning with Sheffield-based Warren Martin.
  • Logan Beckford-China, aged 16 from Cornwall, to undertake 40 days Cornish hedging training with the newly-formed Cornwall Rural Education and Skills Trust.
  • Marcia Bennett Male, sculptor from London, to train in portrait work, specifically how to use a traditional pointing machine for reproducing likenesses from a clay maquette.
  • Mia Brennan, from Kent, to attend the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Millinery at Morley College on a part-time basis.
  • Michael Dickson, aged 18 from Hertfordshire, to study a Foundation Degree in Clocks at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.
  • Rosie Elwood, from Tyneside, to train in metal thread embroidery with goldwork embroiderer Hanny Newton and the Royal School of Needlework.
  • Roy Evans, metalsmith from Gloucestershire, to develop his coppersmithing skills at Newlyn Copperworks.
  • Andrew Fisher, leatherworker from Buckinghamshire, to attend courses on leather restoration and repair, seat upholstery and industrial sewing machine repair.
  • Hannah Girvan, from Devon, to undertake a one-to-one apprenticeship in furniture making at Woodlab.
  • Andreia Gomes, from London, to train at the VS Jewellery School in Hatton Garden, focusing on stone setting and mounting, and casting using the lost wax method.
  • Abby Gray, from Glasgow, to undertake an apprenticeship with renowned tailor and dressmaker Alis Le May.
  • Iona Hall, from Bristol, to train in silver box making with Kent-based silversmith Ray Walton.
  • Horatio Hawes, from Nottinghamshire, to extend his internship at Lancaster Armouries, with one-to-one training from master armourer Matthew Finchen.
  • Maya Howes, from Staffordshire, to attend the Corsetry Retreat in Lincolnshire to learn 18th century stay making, as well to gain additional one-to-one tuition.
  • Nkosi Kerr, from London, to complete a Level 3 Bench Joinery course at the Building Crafts College, setting himself up to make significant progress in his carpentry career.
  • Bodhi King, from Pembrokeshire, to undertake a number of specialised courses focusing on traditional and heritage blacksmithing.
  • Toben Lewis, from the remote community of Iona, to study bookbinding one-to-one with 2018 Heritage Crafts Trainer of the Year Kathy Abbott.
  • Michelle Mateo, basket maker from Monmouth, to train in split wood basketry and expand her repertoire from ask to hazel and oak splint basketry.
  • Daahir Mohamed, lime plasterer from Bristol, to undertake six-month Fellowship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
  • Claire Mooney, from Newry, Northern Ireland, to train in silver spinning with Sheffield-based Warren Martin.
  • Barney Murray, from Denbighshire, to undertake the Dry Stone Walling Association’s Master Craftsman certification scheme, under the mentorship of Andy Loudon.
  • Leena Patel, from Edinburgh, to complete a one-year Foundation Course to provide an in-depth knowledge into the skills required to become a jewellery maker.
  • Gareth Roberts, from West Sussex, to further his bookbinding training with Bound by Veterans and City Lit College.
  • Emma-Jane Rule, from Leicester, to train in silver box making with Kent-based silversmith Ray Walton.
  • Katie Sawyer, from Cheshire, to train one-to-one with historical textile expert Sally Pointer, as well as various courses at the Manchester School of Costume.
  • Lily Smith, from Dundee, to train with Sheffield-based Warren Martin in the craft of silver spinning.
  • Devin Valentine, from Southampton, to continue studying the Musical Instruments FdA at West Dean College.
  • Cameron Wallace, from Clackmannanshire, to learn hand lettercutting with master lettercutter Gillian Forbes.
  • Ieuan Williamson, from Gwynedd, to expand his skills into timber framing through an intensive two-week residential course.