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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

2018/19 Rounds

Round 1: Deadline 12th December 2018, 17:00 GMT
Round 2: Deadline 30th April 2019, 17:00 GMT

Activities funded through both rounds must be in progress (or completed) 30th September 2019. 

Clothworkers' #Icon19 Conference Grant


The Clothworkers Foundation have generously awarded £25,000 to Icon to cover registration for #Icon19 delegates who are Accredited, Associate or Student Icon members. 

This grant is especially aimed at those Icon members whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from attending, and covers core registration costs. Please note optional extras such as the Formal Triennial Dinner and certain tours are not included. 

Applications open: 5th November 2018
Applications close: 7th February 2019 5pm GMT. 
Results announced: 14th February 2019

Applicaitons must be submitted to 

For questions please contact Icon's Professional Development Team on 020 3142 6799. 

Icon Groups 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.

For more information and to apply please click 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:

  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.

Other grants

CCF Grant for Emerging Professionals

The Churches Conservation Foundation are excited to launch a grant scheme for young craftspeople with an interest in the conservation of religious heritage. Thanks to a generous donation from the Foundation’s Trustees, awards of between £500 and £1,000 will be granted to two young craftspeople who wish to travel to increase their knowledge and skills.

The grant will cover the following:

  • Attendance at conferences or seminars
  • Study tours
  • Short-term internships

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be under 30 years of age on April 1st 2017
  • Be training in relevant craft or traditional building skill, or recently qualified in one
  • Have a demonstrable and ongoing commitment to religious built heritage through a track record of relevant volunteering and/or study
  • Be prepared to disseminate themselves and what they learn through social media and also to provide photographs and a short report to the Trustees, which may be published in various media by the Foundation

Adrian Clark, Chair of the Foundation says

‘The future of our historic religious buildings depends on the passion and talents of younger generations, so it is my generation’s responsibility to nurture and develop this passion where we can.  This is why we are excited to offer this grant to young people pursuing careers in religious heritage conservation.’

For more information and to read about previous winners’ experiences, see the Foundation’s 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.

Plowden/Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD grants

The Clothworkers Foundation and Anna Plowden Trust work in partnership to offer Continuing Professional Development grants to conservators are based and work in the UK.  These grants enable practising conservators 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.

In 2016/17 the Anna Plowden Trust  awarded 54 CPD grants enabling conservators to attend 39 conferences and courses in the UK and overseas. Many of the grantees presented papers at both national and international conferences.

All applications must be made on the Anna Plowden Trust's application form, which can be downloaded from the Trust’s 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.

UCL ISH Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary is available to enable heritage professionals to study on the MSc Sustainable Heritage. Up to £20,000 (to cover the cost of fees and a stipend) is available for Home applicants (as defined by UCL General Regulations) who have the offer of a place for either full-time or part-time/flexible study on this course and who intend to accept or have already firmly accepted an offer.

The Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, assessed on the information provided in the Graduate Application Form, and on financial need, assessed on the information provided in the Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary Application Form.

For more information, visit their website.