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Covid-19 update

Latest news: Anna Plowden Trust/Clothworkers’ Foundation Covid-19 Grants scheme extended to current students

Lockdowns have reduced the amount of hands-on practical work that current and recent conservation students have been able to undertake.  The Anna Plowden Trust/Clothworkers’ Foundation's Covid-19 Grants scheme has enabled many recent graduates to undertake placements to provide them with additional practical experience.


Recent graduates are still eligible for grants of up to £500 for placements to provide additional practical experience to make up for some of the practical time lost during lockdowns.

How to apply:  download the form below and submit your application by email to [email protected] at any time.

Our CPD grant programme continues as normal, for details follow this link.



We are aware that as a result of the advice from governments internationally regarding travel and meetings, a number of CPD training opportunities for which we have awarded grants have been cancelled or postponed. If you received a CPD grant award from us for an event that is postponed, we will honour that grant for the rescheduled course or conference. The grant awards are not, however, transferable to another CPD opportunity.

NOTE that if the conference you were to attend is now being held virtually you can still use your grant to cover the registration etc costs. However, please keep us updated and send us details of the costs and whether you will need to use only part of the grant you were awarded.

As usual, if you are awarded a CPD grant it will be paid once we receive your report and your expenses receipts.

If you have any questions, just get in touch.



We realise that many CPD courses and conferences due to be held later this year or next are uncertain to take place, but we will continue to accept CPD applications in the normal way. For successful applications, we will honour the grant if that course or conference is rescheduled or if it is to be held virtually.  Grants awarded for one CPD opportunity are not transferable to a different one.   

Please apply using the standard CPD application form. The 2021 deadlines for application are:

January 18th, 2021
April 5th, 2021
June 1st, 2021
and September 13th, 2021

For an update on the implications of Covid-19 for your planned application please follow this link.

If you have any questions, just get in touch.


For potential 2021 Scholarship applicants

We appreciate that there will be uncertainty about the effect of the outbreak on courses, but please apply as normal for Scholarships for 2021-2022 using the standard Scholarship application form. The deadline for application is June 1st 2021. If your application is successful, but you are unable to take up a place or continue your course for reasons outside your control, we will consider deferring the grant.

 If you have any questions, just get in touch.