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NCJAA Bursary Scheme for emerging artists

NCJAA Bursary Scheme for emerging artists

Applications accepted from 1 February 2018.

We know how a lack of funding, even small sums, can be a significant barrier to pursuing creativity and our experience is that small grants can make a big difference to developing talent and improving life chances.

We are offering a bursary scheme to support emerging artists with a lived experience of the criminal justice system. These will be small bursaries (£500) to support training needs, organisational development or to develop specialist criminal justice expertise.

In this round the scheme will support six people and the offer will also include an opportunity to meet other applicants through a networking event with other bursary recipients.


The scheme is open to emerging artists who:

  • Are currently based in the UK
  • Have a lived experience of the criminal justice system
  • Are looking to develop as an arts professional


To apply, please submit a written statement within a 750 word limit to info@artsincriminaljustice.org.uk, addressing the following questions.

  1. What is your artistic practise?
  2. How has the arts influenced your development in the past few years?
  3. What would you like to do to further develop your work as an artist?
  4. How would this bursary award help you?

If you wish to submit your application in another format for any reason, or if you have any other questions, please contact us in advance to discuss.

Your application must include:

  1. Your name, address, phone number and email
  2. A written statement (750 words max)


Grants will be available from 2 April 2018. Applicants can start to apply for bursaries from 1 February 2018. All applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application.

The applications will be assessed within one month of when they are received and all applicants will receive an email notifying them of the outcome.

It is the intention of the NCJAA to run this as a rolling programme so there will be no deadline to submit applications.  However we will be offering a maximum of six bursaries between April 2018 and March 2019.


A condition of receiving a bursary is that the successful applicant must produce a short report, a blog or other feedback as agreed with the NCJAA, on what the money was used for and how well it has met personal/ learning aims.


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