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NCJAA Bursary Scheme for emerging artists

NCJAA Bursary Scheme for emerging artists

Please note this scheme is now closed.

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 the first 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


Apply here

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


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.

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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