Developing the arts in Edinburgh

Council support for the arts

Arts Development work with the city's cultural sector to ensure that the arts play a vital and lasting role in Edinburgh.

The Arts team develop strategic policy, award cultural grants as well as offer advice on cultural projects.

Current funding opportunities

Edinburgh Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards

The Visual Artists Award and Craft Makers Award schemes award grants to individual artists/makers living or based in Edinburgh towards costs in developing new work. Awards of between £500 and £1500 are available.

Emerging Artists (for Visual Artists/Craft Makers) - Bursaries Scheme

In partnership with Creative Scotland, we are now offering emerging artists the chance to apply to the bursary programme. It is open to both Visual Artists and Craft Makers.

The bursary programme will support two successful applicants to develop and progress their creative practice over 12 months.  Successful applicants will be awarded £1,500 as a bursary.

There are two rounds of these awards for 2016/17 as follows:

Friday 21 October 2016

Friday 3 February 2017

Application packs are available from Monday 22 August 2016. To request an application pack please email

Download details of awards made in 2013/14 and 2014/15 below.  

General enquiries

You can contact us if you would like to discuss a project, find out about grants or would simply like some advice.

0131 529 6720

You may also be able to get advice support from the organisations listed below.

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