Emerging Maker Grants

Closing date:

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

Talented or aspiring craftspeople can apply for up to £18,000 in funding to help take their craft to the next level, through the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST).

QEST is a charity that celebrates and supports talent within the British craft industry. It funds the training and education of craftspeople to allow them to hone their skills, transform their careers and strengthen the future of the sector. Since 1990, it has awarded 800 individuals working across 130 craft disciplines, including:

Pattern Cutting, Bespoke Tailoring, Knitwear Design, Leather Art, Millinery, Textile Conservation, Shoemaking, Embroidery, Passementerie, Woven and Constructed Textiles, Printmaking, Jewellery and engraving, Basketry, Textile Design, Saddlery, Hand Weaving and more.

In the latest funding round, eligible craftspeople can apply for up to £10,000 for Emerging Maker Grants, up to £12,000 for Apprenticeship training and up to £18,000 for Scholarships,


Budget £10,000 – £18,000 grants

Deadline 12 August 2024

1 Buckingham Place London SW1E 6HR

Read the application guidelines and apply here.

QEST is also running three ‘How To Apply’ Zoom sessions to introduce interested makers to the different funding available, tips and advice for filling in an application and the opportunity for a Q&A:

How to Apply for a Scholarship
17 July, 1 – 2pm

How to Apply for an Emerging Maker Grant
18 July, 1 – 2pm

How to Apply for an Apprenticeship
22 July, 1 – 2pm

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