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Icon Group grants

Icon's groups have generously created special grants that could help you cover the cost of your Professional Development. Check the table below for more information on requirements and application criteria:

Icon Group grants


Accreditation Grant

If you are an Icon Member living and working in Scotland you can apply for a grant towards the costs of the PACR process, thanks to a sum donated to the Group and its predecessor SSCR by an anonymous donor. Every year, we award up to four grants of £350.

More details and the application form can be found here.


Book and Paper Group Professional Development Bursaries
Book and Paper

The Book and Paper Group are delighted to announce the details of our new Professional Development Bursaries for book and paper conservators.

The two year scheme – which is financed with profits from our 2015 Adapt and Evolve Conference – will support professional development by funding training and research in different areas of book and paper conservation. The Group will award up to five £200 bursaries every six months for the next two years to support conservators undertaking such training or research.

You can find more information here.


The Frederick Bearman Research Grant
Book and Paper

The Frederick Bearman Research Grant awards up to £1000 to any Icon member(s) wishing to carry out research relating to the conservation of books, paper and/or archival materials. Launced in December 2017, the award has been set up by the Icon Book and Paper Group to remember Fred and his contribution to the conservation profession.

The aim of the annual award it to support further research in the field and encourage conservators to share their investigations and ideas with the conservation community.

Find more information and apply here.


June Baker Trust

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. The Trust can be contacted at:

There are two annual awards:

  • Awards for Conservators in Scotland 
  • Grants for emerging conservators in Scotland

Find more information and apply here.


Nigel Williams Prize
Ceramics & Glass

The Nigel Williams Prize rewards conservation work in ceramics, glass and other related materials

Taking place every two years, The Nigel Williams Prize is the result of the collaboration between Nigel Williams’ family and the Icon Glass & Ceramics Group. It was created to serve both as a memorial to Nigel’s work and to encourage continuing high standards at all levels within the profession.

  • The Main Prize: The Winner receives £1000 plus a “virtual” presentation of a gilded ceramic copy of the Portland Vase (kindly donated by Wedgwood and kept at the Museum)
  • The Secondary Prize: £400 may be awarded to a close runner-up, entirely at the judges’ discretion
  • The Student Prize:  The Winner receives £250. Applications must have been completed while the applicant was still in full-time or further education 

Find more information and apply here.


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