Clore Leadership Programme
Clore Leadership Programme



Bursaries for Emerging Leaders


Since September 2014 the Clore Leadership Programme has offered bursaries for its Courses, confirming its commitment to equality and diversity in cultural leadership. These bursaries are open to applicants who are resident in the UK.

Since September 2014 the Clore Leadership Programme has offered bursaries for its Courses, confirming its commitment to equality and diversity in cultural leadership.

These bursaries are open to applicants who are resident in the UK unless otherwise specified.

The Caring Support Fund:
Intended for candidates with caring responsibilities, and who would incur additional costs by attending a residential programme. This includes but is not limited to caring for children or elderly parents. Up to five awards are available on each course. 

Up to £375 per week isavailable for candidates with caring responsibilities, and who incur additional costs while away from home.

To apply for an award you must upload a budget setting out estimated costs. The budget can be uploaded within the course application form.

In taking decisions on who will be awarded caring bursaries, the Clore Leadership Programme will take into account:

  • The overall quality of the application
  • Evidence of need which indicates that you might have difficulty in meeting costs incurred by taking part in the course.  In the case of caring bursaries, this could include, for example that you are the sole carer or that you are working freelance and don't have a regular source of income.  These examples are indicative only, and we recognise that individual circumstances will vary.  If you are awarded a bursary, you may be required to provide proof of need.
  • The budget you submit which sets out the purpose for which the funds would be used.

Applicants from BAME-led organisations

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, are currently heavily underrepresented in leadership roles in the cultural sector in the UK. We welcome and encourage BAME candidates to apply for the Clore Short Courses and are therefore offering a 50% reduction to the course fee for any successful applicants currently working for BAME-led organisations in England.

The Independent Artist/Practitioner Award:

Intended for artists and independent practitioners

  • One award per Course
  • 50% reduction to Course fee

To apply you simply tick the appropriate box within the application form and explain why you are a worthwhile candidate for the award.

Disabled Leaders Bursary
We actively encourage applications from disabled leaders as they are underrepresented in our Courses and the cultural sector at large.  

As our recent Scoping Survey indicated, cost is a key barrier to disabled people accessing leadership training, therefore the Clore Leadership Programme will waive the course fee for Disabled leaders from England who successfully secure a place on the Short Course or Emerging Leaders Course.  Successful participants will only be required to cover their travel to and from the course.  

What do we mean by disability?

The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Specialist Bursaries
The following specialist bursaries are available:

Wellcome Trust Bursary for leaders working in Wales, Scotland and Republic of Ireland

The Wellcome Trust supports places on our courses for leaders working within Arts in Health. 

Applicants working in Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland with a track record of engaging the public with science, health or wellbeing pay £500+ VAT with the bursary covering the rest of the fee. 

Heritage Bursaries supported by Historic England

Bursaries are available for heritage sector professionals in England supported by Historic England. Historic England is particularly keen to support applications from people with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage and disabled people working in heritage in recognition of the underrepresentation of these groups in the sector and especially in leadership positions. Historic England will also prioritise applications from smaller organisations in the sector that have limited access to training opportunities.

Employees of Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust are not eligible for this bursary. Applicants pay £100 + VAT with the bursary covering the rest of the fee.

Funding for applicants based in Scotland 

Creative Scotland is the national organisation supporting the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland – providing funding as well as a broader influencing, advocacy and development role.

Individuals based in Scotland who are looking for funding to undertake any Clore training courses can consider making an application to Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund. Applicants will need to meet the criteria for the fund, and will be required to submit their application with enough lead time to enable Creative Scotland to make a full assessment before their course begins (which generally means at least 8 weeks in advance). Please note that the Open Project Fund is highly competitive, and funding is not guaranteed – any application will be assessed against the key criteria.

Funding for applicants based in Wales

Arts Council of Wales invites successful applicants to Clore courses to apply to their Training and Development fund in support of course costs. Applicants are encouraged to do so in communication with the Courses Manager who will be able to advise on existing bursary funds supported by Arts Council of Wales. Please be aware that applications for this fund have a six week turnaround.


Bursaries FAQ

Q: If I am applying for a bursary will this affect my chances of being offered a place on the course?

A: No. All applicants are selected on merit and must meet our selection criteria. Once we have selected successful applicants, any bursary applications will be considered. Your application will not affect our selection decision.

Q: If I am not successful in my application for a bursary, can I still attend the course?

A: Yes of course. You have been selected for the course on merit.

Q: I am disabled and have specific access requirements. Should I be applying to the Caring Support Fund?

A: No. We have separate budgetary provision for meeting your access requirements and making adjustments on all our courses to cover individual needs. If you are a disabled person, don't forget you can apply for the Disabled Leaders Bursary.

Q. How much can I apply for from the Caring Support Fund?

A: Up to £375 per week is available for candidates with caring responsibilities who incur additional costs while away from home. You must upload a budget setting out estimated costs at the point of application.

Got any more questions about bursaries? Drop us an email at


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