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Terms & Conditions

Awards are offered subject to the availability of funding.

Successful applicants will be profiled on the Future Makers website and social media. Successful applications must agree to:​

  • Acknowledge Design & Crafts Council Ireland on any promotional material associated with the work submitted for Future Makers.

  • Design & Crafts Council Ireland reserve the right to use images submitted as part of the Future Makers application process in the promotion of the Awards and Supports. All appropriate credits will be used, and the makers are still the owners of these images.

  • In the event that applications received in a category are not of sufficient quality DCCI reserves the right to re-allocate awards.

All decisions in relation to Future Makers Awards 2023 are final.


Please read the below carefully to decide which support is most suitable for your application.

Future Maker Awards

Recipients of Future Makers awards will receive their award in full via bank transfer as soon as possible after the award ceremony. Winners will be profiled on our website and social media. A template will be shared with all winners to be completed by an agreed date. We invite winners to keep us updated about how the award has impacted you, any new work created and to share any stories/news/opportunities you might have as a result of your award.

Materials Awards (Student)

Materials awards are designed to assist students in creating new and innovative work that they would not otherwise be able to produce. Materials awards can be used for prototyping costs, purchase of craft/design related materials and shipping of the same. This category can now include the purchase of machinery/equipment to produce a body of work also.


Professional Development Awards (Student)

Professional Development awards offer assistance for students to develop the business and marketing side of their practice. This support is designed to help prepare students for leaving college. Money can be used towards professional images of work, design work associated with promoting your practice as a maker or designer, costs associated with set up of a website, for business training/mentoring for example relating to finance, marketing, pitching or management. Costs that are NOT covered under the professional development support include material costs, training that is not business related, print or online advertising (including social media advertising), equipment related to photoshoots such as cameras or lighting.

Travel and Training Awards (Student & Emerging Maker)

Towards the cost of national or international design and craft-based residency programmes or a specialised course in a craft and design discipline.  Residency funding aims to support students in the development of their practice and skills and to gain experience of international trends and best practice. Expenses can include flights, travel within host location, accommodation for the duration of the event/course/residency, some material expenses directly connected to residencies or courses, museum/conference/course fees, studio rental costs associated with a residency. Please note booking confirmations are not proof of payment and must be accompanied by payment invoice/receipt. Costs that are not covered under the travel and training support include taxis, shipping of work home after course or residency, accommodation beyond the duration of the proposed activities (i.e. no more than one night before and one night after the activity is taking place), material costs that cannot be directly connected with purposed activities.


Exhibition Awards (Emerging Makers)

Exhibition awards are designed to support emerging makers to showcase their work both at home and aboard. This support can be used for an independent solo show or to take part in a group exhibition or trade fair. There are many costs associated with setting up or taking part in an exhibition. Eligible costs for the exhibition support include transportation of work, flights/accommodation if exhibition is overseas, printed materials including exhibition panels, photography costs, posters and catalogues, honorarium for speakers, general supplies such as paint/filler/nails etc., opening night expenses, gallery technical support, insurance of works for the duration of the exhibition.

Costs that are not covered under the exhibition support are advertisement in paid print/online media, or public liability insurance for venue.


Studio Awards (Emerging Makers)

Studio awards are to facilitate the development of emerging makers ability to create work independently after graduation. Studio supports can be used for specialist materials/tools and pieces of studio equipment.


Please Note: The above lists are guidelines and are not exhaustive. If for any reason you are unsure if an expense is allowable, or if the circumstances of your proposal changes, you must clarify this with DCCI in writing BEFORE any spend occurs.

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