Renfrewshire Council

Applications are no longer being accepted for this fund.

Artist Development Grants

Artist Development Grants have been established in recognition of the important role Renfrewshire's freelance artists play in the area at a time when artists' livelihoods are threatened by the impacts of Covid-19. In the short term, grants will support professional artists to continue their practice. In the longer term, artists will continue to contribute to the local economy and make Renfrewshire a vibrant and inspiring place to live and work.

What projects will we support?

The Artist Development Grants support the development of artists' professional practice in Paisley and Renfrewshire.

Activity supported could include the production of new artistic work, performances and rehearsals, business planning and fundraising, exhibition costs and studio or space hire.

You can find the full list of supported activities in the Guidance for Applicants.

Who can apply?

Professional, freelance artists based or working in Renfrewshire, across any art form, whose main income is derived from their artistic practice, are eligible to apply. Artists should demonstrate their track record of professional practice in their application.

Applications from recent graduate artists whose main source of income may not yet be derived from their practice are also eligible to apply. Applicants in this category should have graduated with a recognised arts qualification in the past three years and be able to evidence a level of ambition and recognition for their work to date.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for a maximum grant of £3,000.

How do I apply?

To apply for the Artist Development Grants, please complete the application form and the supplementary details form (available in the Related Documents section) and email both forms to

Please read the Guidance for Applicants document carefully before submitting your application.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 15 November 2020.