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We need your support to ensure we can help and support craftspeople in Sussex. To make a donation to the Sussex Endangered Crafts Fund, however big or small, please use the JustGiving button below. If you would prefer to donate by cheque or directly to the Trust using your debit or credit card then please get in touch with the Sussex Heritage Trust on 01243 576 524.

Sussex Endangered Crafts Fund

Thanks to funding from the Ian M Foulerton Trust the Sussex Heritage Trust has teamed up with Heritage Crafts Association and the Weald and Downland Living Museum to invite craft practitioners and organisations in Sussex to apply for small grants to fund projects that support and promote endangered crafts.

In order to apply, the craft must be listed as endangered or critically endangered on the current HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts which can be seen here.

During the pandemic our craft skills are at more risk than ever before. This fund can now be used to address the specific challenges of COVID-19 to endangered skills and knowledge. There will be a maximum of £2,000 available for each project and the Heritage Crafts Association will work with you to develop and support your work. For example, this may include:

  • training for yourself to learn a new craft or technique;
  • training for an apprentice so that you can pass on skills and knowledge;
  • specialist equipment that will enable you to practice a craft or add a new product to your business;
  • materials and equipment to start running workshops; or
  • innovative approaches to supporting and promoting endangered crafts.
  • in addition to the funding you will also receive support from the Endangered Crafts Officer and the Heritage Crafts Association team to ensure that your project is a success. This will be unique to your project, but it could include mentor support, business support or signposting to other opportunities.

The Sussex Endangered Crafts Fund is ringfenced for projects in Sussex, so you will only be  competing for funds with projects in the counties of East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, not with projects elsewhere in the UK.  To get an idea of the kinds of things you might apply for, take a look at some of the successful projects from around the UK in the previous application rounds in September 2019, March 2020 and September 2020.

The Endangered Crafts Fund is now open with deadline of 23rd September 2022.  You can apply by filling out the project outline form available here.

For information and advice on Endangered Crafts Fund and how you might receive some further support please contact Mary, Endangered Crafts Officer at the Heritage Crafts Association.  Mary’s email address is mary@heritagecrafts.org.uk