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CPD Grants

Plowden/Clothworkers' Foundation CPD Grants

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Grants enable practising conservators to take advantage of CPD opportunities by contributing towards the cost of short courses and attending conferences.

Thanks to a major partnership with The Clothworkers' Foundation, we have much increased funding available for CPD grants.  The Plowden/Clothworkers' Foundation CPD 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 2018 we awarded 44 grants to conservators working in 32 different institutions and private practices enabling them to attend 33 different courses and conferences.  Many of the grantees presented papers at both national and international conferences.

Please note that conservation students, PhD students and interns are NOT eligible to apply for a CPD grant.  Please bear in mind that we will normally give preference to applicants who intend to make their careers in the UK.

2019 application deadlines

PLEASE NOTE:  The Clothworkers' Foundation has generously awarded bursary funding to Icon for Icon'19.   Those applying to Icon will learn whether they have been awarded a grant to attend the conference in February 2019.
As a result the Anna Plowden Trust will NOT consider applications for Icon'19 in January 2019 but we WILL consider Icon'19 applications in our March funding round.  Applications for all other courses and conferences are unaffected.

January 14th, 2019 - all short courses and conferences EXCEPT Icon'19
March 25th, 2019 - all short courses and conferences INCLUDING Icon'19 (if you have secured funding from Icon for this conference you MAY NOT apply to us as well)
June 11th, 2019
September 16th, 2019

All applications must be made on the APT's application form which can be downloaded below. 



Please note that you must apply in good time: it usually takes us four weeks to consider applications and we will not award a grant if the course or conference has already taken place. So please plan ahead, be aware of our application deadlines and apply to us sufficiently in advance of the conference or course you wish to attend.

The Anna Plowden Trust's grants for CPD complement those offered by Tru Vue in association with Icon and the Clothworkers' Bursaries for Icon'19 offered by Icon.