The following organisations provide grants/awards for luthiers

RAB Trust
Applications due by March of each year

The Rowan Armour-Brown Memorial Trust Fund offers support to students of violinmaking in the UK:

  • Financial grants for the purchase of materials and tools, or for specialised additional training
  • Distribution of wood and tools  that have been donated to the Trust
  • Work experience placements in established professional workshops

Since the inception of the Trust in 1999, we have helped over 200 students from all over the world. Many of these students are now significantly employed in the trade, either on their own account or with leading shops and makers, in the UK and worldwide. Several early award winners now offer work experience placements to current students in their turn.

Heritage Crafts Association
Applications open September of each year

The HCA / The Arts Society Bursary supports traditional crafts that contribute to our living heritage. The grant is primarily aimed at assisting the training of apprentices.  It is recognised, however, that apprenticeships are not the only route to learn a craft skill and other training routes are included. Applicants can apply for a grant for any amount up to £1,500 which can cover or contribute towards:

  • buying specialist tools or materials;
  • the cost of attending a specialist training course;
  • buying books and study materials;
  • payment for training with a craftsperson.