Training Bursary for those in Sussex experiencing financial hardship

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

Many people are dissuaded from training in heritage crafts because of the cost. These bursaries have been set up with Heritage Crafts 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 just be 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.

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.

How to apply

Please apply by completing the application form which is available on the Heritage Crafts website, 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 on 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 application is 5pm on Friday 5th July.  If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please email Tess Osman at