Emerging Leaders Bursaries

What do we mean by disability?

The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has 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.

Since September 2014 Clore Leadership 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.

  • 5 awards per Course
  • Up to £375 per week available for candidates with caring responsibilities, 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, Clore Leadership will take into account:

  • The overall quality of the application
  • Evidence of need which indicates that you might have difficulty in meeting costs incurred

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.

BAME Leaders Bursary

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, are currently under represented in our courses and in leadership roles in the cultural sector. We welcome and encourage BAME candidates to apply for the Emerging Leaders course are therefore offering a 50% reduction to the course fee for any successful applicants BAME applicants working in England. Up to three awards are available per course.

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 Clore Leadership will waive the course fee for Disabled leaders from England who successfully secure a place on the Leadership Intensive or Emerging Leaders Course.  Successful participants will only be required to cover their travel to and from the course.


Specialist Bursaries

The following specialist bursaries are available. To apply simply complete the online application form and state which bursary you are applying for:

Music Education Hub Bursaries

We actively encourage applications from leaders working within Music Education Hubs in England, as they are currently under-represented on our courses.  Clore Leadership will waive the course fee for employees of Music Education Hubs in England who successfully secure a place on the Leadership Intensive.

Dancers Career Development Bursaries

Bursaries provided by Dancers Career Development are available for applicants with 8 years of experience as a professional dancer, with 5 of those years having been spent in the UK.  Two bursaries covering the course fee are available for Emerging Leaders. Applicants must currently be working in England.

The Linbury Trust Bursary for a former dancer 
A bursary funded by The Linbury Trust is available for a former dancer to attend the Emerging Leaders Course. Applicants must be committed to developing their career as a cultural leader and be working in the UK. The bursary will cover the entire course fee.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund Bursary

A bursary funded by The National Heritage Lottery Fund is available for heritage sector professionals in the United Kingdom to attend our Courses. One place is available on our Emerging Leaders Courses with successful applicants paying £500 + VAT with the balance of the course fee being covered by the bursary.

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. The funded cost of the course will be £100 for Emerging Leaders.

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.  

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 eight 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. Please be aware that applications for this fund have a six week turnaround.