The Basketmakers’ Association Bursaries

Study Bursaries

Individuals with at least two years’ paid-up membership should apply in writing and in advance to the Bursaries Secretary on a single A4 sheet. They should describe the proposed project, its motivation and the intended duration of study, together with a budget. Other possible sources of funds should be mentioned together with the names/addresses of two supporters. Projects must begin not later than nine months from the receipt of the award and be completed within one year. It is a condition of the awards that each recipient must submit an appropriate report to the BA Committee within two months of completion. It is hoped that recipients will also provide short talks to members at the AGM, articles for the BA Newsletter or teach newly acquired skills to members. Two bursaries, each to the value of £250.

Click to see examples of  Bursary Study reports; REPORT 1REPORT 2, REPORT 3, REPORT 4, REPORT 5

The Joy Viall Bursary

This award was set up in memory of Joy Viall, a founder member of the Basketmakers Association, who encouraged and taught many basketmakers throughout her life.

Similar qualifications to the above, with the emphasis on teaching others what has been learned, to the value of £300.

The Traditional Basketry Project Bursaries

Two bursaries available, with the emphasis on researching and recording traditional basketry, each to the value of £250. Please contact the Bursaries Secretary for more information and for help with your project.

Course Subsidy Scheme

In order to reduce the costs of the various basketmaking groups around the country, the Basketmakers’ Association offers subsidies to a maximum of £100 each to assist with the travel and expenses for an ‘out of area’ tutor.

Applications can be made throughout the year, subsidies will be given on a first-come, first-served, basis, with not more than one subsidy being given to any one course organiser in a year. A total of five subsidies are available per year.

Courses must last for a minimum of two consecutive days. The tutor(s), course content and costings, with and without a subsidy, must be described in the application.

Application forms can be obtained from the Bursaries Secretary.  Costings for the course must be stated and the charges to students, with and without subsidy, given. Successful applicants will receive a cheque approximately four weeks before the course. The organiser of a course that is given a subsidy is required to send a short written report on the course to the Bursaries Secretary and to the Editor of the BA Newsletter and two photographs to the BA Archivist.

Fred Rogers Award

This award was set up in memory of Fred Rogers, long time adviser to the Basketmakers’ Association. It is worth £250 and is awarded for study at the York Spring School.

Barbara Maynard Bursary

This bursary is awarded in memory of Barbara Maynard, first Chairman and co-founder of the Basketmakers’ Association. It is to help with the purchase of books, tools or other equipment used in basketmaking. Applicants must give prospective details of what is to be purchased on the application form and provide receipts after purchase. Applicants must have been members of the BA for at least two years at the time of application. Retrospective purchases will not be considered. One bursary to the value of £50 per year.

Bursary Monies Donated by the Charitable Trust of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers

The WCB Charitable Trust gives money to the Basketmakers’ Association annually.

4 x £250 for the York Spring School

3 x £150 for Westhope Autumn courses – residential

1 x £250 for the Traditional Basketry Project Bursary


For further details and application forms please contact SUE ANDREWS

Please also refer to the November BA Newsletter for the bursaries available in any given year.