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A Celebration of Craft: Call for Expressions of Interest


The Crafts Council champions everyday making - supporting craft activity across all ages and abilities and celebrating communities who craft together.

2021 is our 50th anniversary year. We want to use this moment of celebration to spread craft opportunities far and wide, so we’re inviting organisations and groups to partner with us to deliver craft workshops, events and talks for their communities during 2021. We want to know what kind of craft and making is important to your community and provide some funding to make this happen - either £500 for a public event or £2,500 for an in-depth project.

Who are we looking to partner with?

This programme aims to deliver new craft opportunities to new audiences. It will support organisations with existing programmes of craft activity to reach out to people they haven’t worked with before; it will also support organisations who don’t specialise in craft (youth groups, residents’ associations, libraries etc.) to offer a new craft experience for their audiences and communities.

We’d like to hear from you whether you have a fully-formed idea for a project, or need some support to develop your ideas. The Crafts Council is happy to use our networks and expertise to help you shape a really exciting craft opportunity for your community.  

We’re keen to hear from:

  • Craft organisations and makers
  • Community organisations
  • Cultural organisations
  • Schools
  • Health or wellbeing organisations

…and any other organisations that can help us offer craft opportunities to a broad public audience.

Priority Audiences

We will prioritise projects that will aim to engage people currently underrepresented amongst the Crafts Council’s audiences:

  • People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds;
  • People with disabilities;
  • People living in areas of socio-economic deprivation (defined as wards ranking in the 20% most deprived in the country according to the 2019 Index of Deprivation)
  • Families and young people, especially those in the above categories

Event Categories

Public event: grants of up to £500 are available to support an event or series of events aimed at a public audience.

In-depth project: grants of up to £2,500 are available to support more in-depth projects with audiences as outlined above.

In-depth projects don’t have to be open to the public but could be for a targeted group of people. For example, an organisation working with young people in care might use the funding to pay for a maker to create work with their group.

We hope that these projects will help organisations to build their capacity for delivering craft activity in their communities in future - leaving community groups with a legacy of new skills and equipment that they can continue to use.

Partners delivering in-depth projects will also receive a training workshop exploring socially engaged craft practice and support and resources from the Crafts Council team.

How to Apply

Register Your Interest

We are in the process of seeking funding to support this activity and are asking potential partners to complete this brief form in order to register their interest with us before 14 February 2020.

We'll include a list of the partners who have registered their interest in our applications for funding. If we are successful in securing funding for the programme we’ll invite organisations to make a more detailed application in summer 2020.


Please contact participation@craftscouncil.org.uk