Clore Leadership Programme
Clore Leadership Programme



Bursaries for Short Courses and 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.

The Caring Support Fund

This fund is for candidates with caring responsibilities 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.

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:

  • 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.

BAME Leaders Award

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 successful BAME applicants currently living and working in England.  Up to three awards are available on each course.

The Independent Artist/Practitioner Award

We welcome and encourage more applications from artists and independent practitioners and are offering a 50% reduction to the course fee for artist/practitioners currently living and working in England.  There is one award available per course.

Disabled Leaders Bursary

We actively encourage applications from disabled leaders as with BAME people, they are under-represented in leadership roles in the cultural sector at large and on our courses. 

Additionally, our Scoping Survey in 2014 identified cost to be 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. Sharing that you are disabled or have impairments will not be used in any way in judging the quality of your application.

Specialist Bursaries

The following specialist bursaries are available:

Heritage Lottery Fund Bursary

A bursary funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund is available for heritage sector professionals in the United Kingdom to attend our Courses. 

Two places are available on our Short Courses.  Successful applicants pay £900 + VAT with the balance of the course fee being covered by the bursary.

Dancers' Career Development/The Linbury Trust bursary

A bursary funded by the Dancers' Career Development and The Linbury Trust is available for independent and company dancers to attend a Short Course.  The bursary will cover the full course fee.  


The Linbury Trust Bursary for a former dancer

A bursary funded by The Linbury Trust is available for a former dancer to attend a Short Course.  Applicants must be working in England, with at least five years’ paid work experience in the arts, museums and/or libraries sector and be committed to developing their career as a cultural leader in England.

The bursary will cover all of the course fee.


Wellcome Trust Bursary

The Wellcome Trust supports a number of places on Clore Short Courses for leaders working within Arts in Health.  Applicants must be working in the UK or Republic of Ireland and should have some track record of engaging the public with science, health or wellbeing. 

The cost of a Wellcome Trust supported place on the Short Course for applicants living and working in England is the same as the Arts Council England subsidised fees outlined above.  Applicants working in Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland pay £950 + VAT with the bursary covering the rest of the course fee. One award is available per course.


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.


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