The Anna Plowden Trust offers Conservation CPD Grants and Scholarships

The Trust currently runs three funding programmes for conservation students and practicing conservators

03 Mar 2022

The Anna Plowden Trust was established in 1998 in memory of Anna Plowden who was a pioneering conservator in the private sector. The Trust supports the development of skills in conservation and raises awareness of conservation. 

The Anna Plowden Trust runs two main programmes:  Conservation Training Scholarships and Anna Plowden/Clothworkers' Foundation CPD Grants. In addition, the Trust can offer special Covid-19 grants to enable students and recent gradates to undertake work placements. 


Covid-19 Fund grant scheme 2022: Deadline 4th April

Lockdowns and caution around return to workplaces have continued to reduce the amount of hands-on practical work that conservation students have been able to undertake. The Anna Plowden Trust/Clothworkers’ Foundation’s Covid-19 Grants scheme enabled many recent graduates and students to undertake placements to provide them with additional practical experience during 2021.

For 2022 up to 12 grants, each for up to £500, will be available for students on recognised UK conservation training programmes to allow them to gain further practical training or experience during, or immediately following completion of their course. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate clearly that they would be unable to take up such an opportunity without financial support.

Find out more here.


CPD Grants: the next deadline is 4th April including for support to attend AIC in May

Our Anna Plowden Trust/Clothworkers Foundation CPD Grants enable conservators practising in the UK to take advantage of CPD opportunities by contributing towards the cost of short courses and attending conferences. Grants can be awarded for up to £1,000 or 50% (whichever is the smaller amount) of the cost of the conference or training course.

We welcome applications for in-person or online CPD events.

Full details and application forms here.


Conservation Training Scholarships

The Anna Plowden Trust supports the primary training of conservation students in the UK by offering grants towards course fees. We seek to prevent financial reasons from being an obstacle to entering the conservation sector. The Trust is committed to ensuring its support reaches all under-represented groups.

The deadline for the 2022/23 academic year is June 6th 2022.

Find out more here.


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