Arts Council is offering Professional Development grants to Maltese artists and cultural operators with a particular focus on nurturing creative potential and supporting its development into professional activity. The grant programme forms part of the National Fund for Artistic Excellence.
The Professional Development Grant supports the continuous professional development of Maltese or Malta-based artists and cultural operators who are active in the cultural and creative sectors and seeking to engage in short term professional training to improve their skills and advance their specialisation. The programme is also open to students, aged 18 and over, engaged in the cultural and creative sectors, as long as the proposed training programme is not related to the full-time studies.
- To support the continuous professional development of artists and cultural operators in exploring, developing skills, building networks and engaging in national and international collaborations.
- To foster excellence in the fields of art and culture, and the advancement of knowledge and capabilities in such related fields.
- To invest in training and increase opportunities for artists and creative professionals.
- To encourage professional intellectual growth and productivity
- To encourage creative professionals to continue building their skill sets and to engage in platforms both on a national and international level.
- 100% of eligible costs not exceeding EUR 2000.
- An additional EUR 1,000 may be allocated for travel support and assistance to disabled artists.
- The Professional Development Grant covers projects having a maximum duration of eight (8) months.
Who can apply?
- Applications are accepted from creative professionals engaged economically, full-time or part-time equivalent, in one of the cultural and creative sectors.
- Applications may also be submitted by groups and students as identified in the definitions of this scheme.
- Eligible applicants should be aged 18 and over, students and artists below the age of 18 should apply through the Young Talent Fund.
- In case of applications by students, a recommendation letter from the current tutor needs to be presented at application stage.
Each eligible application is assessed against the following evaluation criteria:
- The level of opportunity for professional development in terms of skills improvement and advancement in specialization;
- The value of the learning platform and of the training opportunity;
- The national or international engagement, including the benefit of the wider arts and creative community;
- The professional and financial management of the project.