Two exciting opportunities for grant funding for conservators in Scotland

June Baker Grant 

The June Baker Trust was established nearly 30 years ago to commemorate the life of a quirky, stylish, inspirational individual, June Baker, an eclectic collector who displayed her treasures with flair and repaired them with skill. When she died her friends got together with her son to establish the Trust, which today is overseen by nine Trustees who meet twice a year - some conservators, some not, and some who knew June.

What we do

The June Baker Trust was set up to promote and encourage the development and study of the arts and sciences of restoration and conservation of historical or artistic artefacts in Scotland.   Over the years, it has given grants totalling over £30,000 to more than 115 individuals of all ages and many nationalities, living, studying or working in Scotland.

Grants for Conservators

Our long-standing permanent programme awards grants of around £300 each to help conservators at all career stages to attend conferences, workshops and short courses, take study tours, improve workshops and purchase tools, books and materials. To be eligible you have to be a conservator and able to demonstrate a connection to Scotland through work, birth, living, education or other means.   

Deadline: 31st May each year. Please email your completed application as an attachment in time for the deadline.


Accreditation Grants 

Icon Scotland Group is committed to raising the standards of conservation and increasing the fund of skills available in Scotland. The Group is therefore keen to support early-career practitioners in all subject areas in their move towards Icon Accreditation. Members living and working in Scotland are invited to apply for a grant towards the costs of the Accreditation process, thanks to a generous donation to the Group and its predecessor organisation SSCR by an anonymous donor.

Up to four awards of £475 each are available per annum. Grant applications are assessed by a small panel drawn from the ISG Committee and Observers; all applications are treated confidentially. Successful applicants will be notified within a fortnight of receipt of their application.

Icon Scotland Group grant applicants should demonstrate that the candidate:

  • is a full member of Icon and of the Scotland Group
  • is resident and working (or actively seeking work) in Scotland
  • is not in receipt of more than 50% funding towards total accreditation costs from their employer or other external funding sources

Please fill in the form attached and email it to the Vice-chair of the Icon Scotland Group ([email protected]).