The project, called Emerge, is being run by Upland, the new organisation set up to support and encourage artists and makers based in, and linked to, the region.
There are three places and they are open to emerging artists or craft makers, under 25, who either live locally or have strong links – for example people who were raised here but now live elsewhere.
The complete package consists of £1000 towards developing new work or developing your practice, 15 days of mentoring with a specially selected mentor from the region and lasts from January to December. They can also go on fact-finding trips and attend appropriate masterclasses.
Emerge winners can also be part of next year’s Spring Fling event in May.
Amy Marletta, Upland professional and talent development manager, said: “This is a superb opportunity for emerging visual artists or makers under the age of 25, perhaps recent graduates, to get funding and tuition from experienced professional artists.
“It’s a really unusual chance for people to get help in moving on to the next stage in their careers.
“Similar schemes in the past had great results. These bursaries give emerging artists lots of new skills and confidence to help them for the future – and the chance to be part of a prestigious national event.”
Applications have to be in by 5pm on Monday. For more information go to www.weareupland.com or call Amy on 0787 1201473.