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Applying to us

For information about the implications of Covid-19 on your application or on a grant you have been awarded see our Covid-19 update.

The Anna Plowden Trust has three main programmes which are listed below.

1. Conservation Training Scholarships

Support for the primary training of conservation students in the UK by offering grants towards course fees. The Anna Plowden Trust seeks 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.

2. Anna Plowden/Clothworkers' Foundation CPD Grants

Thanks to generous support from the Clothworkers' Foundation, we can now offer greatly increased support for CPD opportunities for practising conservators in the UK through our Plowden/Clothworkers' Foundation CPD Grants.  Grants are given  towards the cost of short courses and of attending conferences (students and interns are not eligible to apply for CPD grants).  Follow this link to find out about the latest CPD grant awards.

3. Scholarships and CPD Grants in memory of Robert Shepherd

The Anna Plowden Trust has been asked to administer a fund established in memory of the late Robert Shepherd, a well-known picture conservator.  This fund will provide one annual Scholarship to a student of easel painting conservation and one annual CPD Grant to a practising painting conservator.

All of the Anna Plowden Trust's normal terms and conditions apply; the application deadlines are the same and you should apply using our standard application form.

For more details see the Scholarships page and the CPD Grant page of this site.

4. Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation

A prize awarded as part of the Conservation Awards organised by Icon.  This award is made in those years when Icon holds the Conservation Awards, the last was in 2015.

Application deadlines

Covid-19 Grants

This grant programme is open for applications until December 31st 2021.  Follow this link  for guidance notes and the application form

Anna Plowden/Clothworkers' Foundation CPD grants

If you want to apply for a CPD grant the next deadlines are:

January 17th, 2022
April 4th, 2022
June 6th, 2022
and September 12th, 2022

Conservation Training Scholarships

The deadline for applications for the 2021/22 academic year has passed.  The deadline for the 2022/23 academic year will be June 6th 2022.

There are more details of our grant programmes on each page of this section as well as application forms. Just follow the links above. 

Do look at our FAQs before applying as these should answer most of the questions you may have.  If you have any queries you can contact us via this website by following this link.