The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is the charity of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, set up in 1990 to help sustain Britain's cultural heritage, by supporting the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople. This can be through the funding of traditional college courses, vocational training programmes, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters.
Since 1990 QEST has given just over £4 million to 469 craftspeople from a broad range of backgrounds, ages and geographical locations. QEST has supported more than 130 different craft skills from the traditional to the contemporary, including metalsmithing, farriery, hand-loom weaving, cordwaining, rural crafts, embroidery, engraving, stonemasonry, woodcarving, ceramics and many more.
Funding is available to individuals for Scholarships (from £5,000 to £18,000) for a particular course or training; and to businesses (in particular smaller companies) to employ Apprentices (up to £18,000 over 2-3 years). If applying for funding for an Apprenticeship, please note that the application must be a joint one by the employer/apprentice.
More info: https://www.qest.org.uk/