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General Funding for Individuals

Professional Development Fund For Conservators

Tru Vue Inc has partnered with the Institute of Conservation (Icon) to provide funding for
mid-career conservators from across the globe to attend professional development
events such as conferences and training courses.  

Grants will range from £300 to £900 and there will be between 10 and 20 grants per year.

Conservators from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply to Icon for funding, apart
from members of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), who should apply to
FAIC through a similar scheme.

This fund is currently closed for applications.

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Many of the estabishments listed in the Training Directory know of sources of funding which have been used by their students in the past.  Some of them have special arrangements with certain trusts.  It is always wise to seek advice on funding from the training provider you choose.

June Baker Trust 
Awards for conservators in Scotland

June Baker had a great sense of visual style.  She collected, refurbished and arranged an amazing collection of artefacts which became her domestic environment.  When she died, in 1988, her friends formed a trust to remember her and to help those she would have taken great pleasure in supporting.  The June Baker Trust was set up in 1990 to help individuals working in the conservation of historic and artistic artefacts in Scotland, or training with the intention to do so. Awards will be available towards travel, attendance at conferences and on short courses, purchase of equipment, or other suitable projects.  Awards are usually in the region of £200-500.

Noting that with regret we are unable to fund entry into conservation course fees or for retrospective applications

Application Form: doc June Baker Trust Application Form 2015

Please return completed application to:

The Chairman,
June Baker  Trust
c/o The Scottish Conservation Studio
Hopetoun House
South Queensferry
West Lothian
EH30 9SL

Please note that electronic submissions cannot be accepted 

Closing Date for applications: 31st May.
Awards announced: 1st July.

Anna Plowden Trust
CPD Awards for 2013

Once again, the Anna Plowden Trust is seeking applications from established conservators for grants towards the cost of attending either a short specialist course or a major conference during 2013. In both cases the Trust will consider funding up to 50% of the cost. In 2013 there will be four rounds of applications, with an extra one in January.

The Trust particularly welcomes applications from those teaching conservation and from conservators working in the private sector. Preference will also be given to applicants who work in a team, either public or private, where the skills they acquire with the help of an Anna Plowden Trust grant can be passed on to others.

Those applying should have more than five years' experience since completing their training. The closing dates for applications are January 8, March 19, June 18 and September 17, 2013. Application forms can be obtained from the Trust's website, or applicants can e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Clothworkers Foundation
CPD Bursaries

Bursaries of up to £1,000 towards reasonable travel and accommodation costs, and registration fees.
The aim of the programme is help conservators attend conferences, short courses, seminars and events (in the UK and abroad) directly relevant to, and which further their knowledge and expertise in, their discipline.
A significant portion (normally 50%) of the total cost of attending the event must be funded by either the applicant (if self employed) or their employer.
Up to two applications from the same organisation will be accepted per event. Application forms are available on the Foundation's website

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

This Trust offers scholarships to fund further study, training and practical experience for craftsmen and women (including conservators) who want to improve their craft and trade skills. Further information can be found at the Trust's website: Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

The York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship

Applications are invited from craftsmen and conservators for financial support.  Since 2000 the York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship has helped over 100 individuals across a very broad range of heritage skills.  Based in York, the Foundation will consider applications from across the UK.  Awards are available of up to £1500 to support training and development and up to £3000 to help established experts take on an apprentice or trainee.  Applications are invited by the end of March 2015 and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in early May.  Further details and application forms are available at

The Patricia Fay Memorial Fund

The Patricia Fay Memorial Fund supports students through carefully selected partner institutions. They work closely with the institutions who then decide on the most appropriate recipients.  Further information can be found from their website: NADFAS

The NADFAS Zena Walker Scholarship

The NADFAS Zena Walker Scholarship was launched on 3rd October 2006. 

The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Post Graduate student. The sum of £4,000 per annum is awarded for course fees and the purchase of books, tools etc or for personal career development for the duration of the course.  Further information can be found from their website: NADFAS

Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass offers an Award for Excellence and two Ashton Hill Awards  each year..  These are work placement Awards, the deadline for entry is usually 1 April, interviewing later in April.  Click here for futher application details.

The aim of the Glaziers' Company's Awards is to raise standards of work within the craft, particularly in the UK, by offering additional learning experiences to enhance the skills of potential workers.  Applications are invited from individuals within the first five years of their training who are intending to undertake a long term career in stained glass, preferably within the UK.  You can read more about the Awards and see lists of past winners by visiting the website.


The Zibby Garnett Travelling Fellowship

ZGTF is an educational charity set up to fund study trips for conservation students who are training in the United Kingdom and wish to widen their practical skills overseas.  Since ZGTF was set up in 2000 it has enabled over sixty students to visit nearly thirty countries.  Many students have gone on to secure positions in conservation both in Britain and around the world. 

Please visit the website for further information.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust awards travel grants to men and women to enable them to aquire knowledge and experience abroad for others in their profession and community in the UK.  Via the Churchill Travelling Fellowship, the Trust send over 100 people each year on an overseas sabatical, there are 10 annual categories which cover a wide range of topics but anyone with a good project should consider applying. 

For further information, including eligibility, please visit the website


Arts & Humanities Research Council

Established in April 2005, the Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] is a Non-Departmental Public body. AHRC evolved from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, which was founded in 1998. In the current financial year [2010-11] they will receive approximately £112m to fund research in all the subjects that are within their remit. Click here for further information.

The David Canter Memorial Fund 2010 Craft Awards
Deadline: 17 September 2011

The David Canter Memorial Fund offers awards to give financial assistance to those working in the crafts. The fund is open to those who have finished their formal training and are working full-time or part-time in the UK but need money for specific projects, e.g. setting up a workshop, buying equipment, educational work or for research and travel.

Awards, which usually range between £500 and £1,000, are made every other year, each time focusing on specific craft disciplines. For 2010 these will be paper, calligraphy and lettercutting and the submission deadline is 17 September 2011.

To request further information and an application form, please email Rachel Mackie

SEARCHABLE DATABASES OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES - Heritage Link funding database Grantfinder Directory of Social Change Funds for Historic Buildings (some for individuals too)


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