Apply Now for DCCI’s Future Makers Awards & Supports 2021

Posted 10.05.21

**The deadline for applications for Future Makers 2021 has been extended to 26th August 2021**

Applications are now open for Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCI) Future Makers Awards & Supports programme for 2021. With a total fund of €25,000 this year and 26 prizes available, the programme is one of Europe’s largest prize-funded awards for emerging makers. The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 27th July 2021. Entry is free and all applications must be submitted online at

DCCI’s Future Makers programme rewards excellence in both making and the creative process. Divided into emerging practitioner and student/recent graduate categories, it covers a broad range of disciplines, including fashion/textile design, ceramics, furniture design, jewellery design, glass artistry and mixed media construction.

Note re eligibility (full terms & conditions are here): 

An emerging practitioner is someone who has:

  • Set up a craft/design enterprise in the past 6 years
  • Graduated from a craft/design course in the past 2-6 years
  • Currently in full-time postgraduate studies in a craft design discipline

A student/recent graduate is someone who is:

  • Currently studying, training or undertaking an apprenticeship full-time in a design- or craft-based discipline
  • OR be one year graduated from full-time study in a design- or craft-based discipline


Entries will be assessed by a judging panel comprising both national and international judges.

The RDS Craft Awards 2021 will be open to winners of DCCI Future Makers Awards & Supports 2021. Five bursaries of €10,000 each will be awarded for the development of business and craft skills to those pursuing a professional career in the sector. The money can be spent on further education and training, research, development of new work, mentoring, purchase of equipment, studio improvements, website and residencies.

To be eligible for the 2022 RDS Craft Awards, emerging craft makers must have won a Future Makers Award or Support in 2021. See for more information.

Future Makers Awards & Supports Categories for 2021:

Student/Recent Graduates Awards:
Overall: €2,500
Sustainable Design: €1,000

Students/Recent Graduate Supports:
Material supports: €500 x 5
Travel & Training supports: €500 x 4
Professional Development: €500 x 3

Emerging Makers Awards:
Overall: €3,500
Sustainable Design: €2,000

Emerging Maker Supports:
Studio Supports: €1,000 x 4
Residencies/Training Supports: €1,000 x 3
Exhibition Supports: €1,000 x 3

Full information on Future Makers is available here:

Assessment will be based on the strength of an applicant’s written proposal and their creative work. For full details about eligibility criteria and terms and conditions, please visit here. A set of application guidelines is also available here.

All applications must be submitted online at and the deadline for entries is Tuesday, 27th July 2021.

The winners and recipients of the 2021 Future Makers Awards & Supports programme will be announced at a presentation ceremony.