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Training and CPD grants

Grants to support you in your continuing professional development

A number of grants programmes are available to support conservators throughout their careers. Click the options below to review grants managed by Icon and our groups as well as those managed by other charitable foundations. 

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Other grants

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Icon Tru Vue Grants Programme


Icon has partnered with Tru Vue to offer grants of between £300 and £1,000 per applicant. The grants are intended to help mid-career conservators from around the world attend professional development events such as conferences and training courses. Grants can be used for relevant costs such as event tickets, travel and materials. During the previous partnership with Tru Vue, conservators receiving grants used them to: 

  • Attend workshops on new methods of cleaning surfaces
  • Study communication and teaching skills in conservation science
  • Attend courses on leather conservation 

"Goals for the programme include encouraging international exchange and dissemination of training and conference information. We hope conservators with a thirst to learn from all over the world will take advantage of this programme and the knowledge it can bring to their communities.” Tru Vue

The details for the next application round are as follows: 

Applications open: 24th January 2017

Application deadline: 30th April 2017

Decision notice: 12th May 2017


Weavers Grant for PACR Applications


Through the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Weavers, we are pleased to confirm that we have a one off grant of £300 to support a textiles conservator with their stage two application fees for accreditation. To be eligible to apply, the candidate must be a practicing textiles conservator and intending on applying for accreditation within the next 12 months (this does not have to be the next Application Deadline)

To apply for the grant: you must have first submitted your Stage One Application. Following this, please submit a copy of your CV along with a covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 explaining how the grant would support you in your continuing professional development within textiles conservation. This must be emailed to by

Application deadline:  Tuesday 2nd May at midday.  

Icon Groups grants

Book and Paper Group Professional Development Bursaries

Book & 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 £100 bursaries every six months for the next two years to support conservators undertaking such training or research.

For more information and to apply please click 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:

  1. Awards for Conservators in Scotland 
  2. Grants for emerging conservators in Scotland

For more information and to apply please click 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. 

For more information and to apply please click here.

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

Other grants

Anna Plowden Trust

The Trust was established in 1998 in memory of Anna Plowden who was a pioneering conservator in the private sector. The grants support the development of skills in conservation. These comprise Conservation Training Bursaries for the primary training of UK conservation students in the form of grants towards course fees, and Continuing Professional Development Grants to support CPD opportunities for conservators by awarding grants towards the cost of short courses and of attending conferences. The Trust also helps to raise awareness of conservation, mainly by its Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation, a prize awarded as part of the Conservation Awards organised by Icon.

For more information and application forms see the website. 

Clothworkers' CPD Grant

Up to £1,000 towards registration, travel, and accommodation costs to help qualified conservators attend conferences, short courses, and seminars. The bursaries are designed to cover 50% of the total cost of attending, to a maximum of £1,000.

They expect you to have already raised the remaining funds via your employer, personal funds, or by other means. However, if you are unable to do this, they may consider awarding more than 50% depending on your individual circumstances.

For more information see the website.

Heritage & Craft Funders Network

The Heritage & Crafts Funders’ Network has been set up as a result of the dialogue established between funders and beneficiaries at the first Radcliffe Trust Round Table in July 2010 and further discussions at the Radcliffe Trust /Heritage Lottery Fund joint event held on 24th March 2011.

To see the list of members and for further information see the website.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must have an ‘Asset Lock’ as part of their organisational structure which prevents the assets of a company being used for private gain (e.g. registered charities, community interest companies or other similar structures).

Jonathan Ruffer Grants

The programme is open to curators who work across the full range of fine and applied art collections in museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation and are open to the public.

In addition, in recognition of the need for new skills, knowledge and research to benefit museum collections for the future, these grants are also available to researchers, art historians and academics from other relevant and related disciplines, retired curators, and other museum professionals who plan to work within and alongside museums to improve the use and understanding of their fine and applied art collections. Applications from individuals not based in a museum or gallery must be accompanied by a letter of support from an accredited, or provisionally accredited, public collection.

For more information see the website.

The Patricia Fay Memorial Fund at NADFAS

The fund was established in 1981 in memory of the Founder of NADFAS, the late Patricia Fay OBE.

For more information see the website.

Zibby Garnett Trust Grant

Zibby Garnett Trust Fund is a charity whose purpose is to give financial help to individual students and apprentices who wish to widen their knowledge of conservation and want to travel to countries outside the United Kingdom to study. The grants are intended for practical study and conservation work. Grants of between £300 and £3,000 have been awarded. A grant can meet almost all the cost of a study placement or make a contribution.

For more information see the website.