Category: Travel Grant

European Travel Grants 2018

For those of you looking to broaden your horizons in 2018, the International Council of Museum UK (ICOM UK) and Heritage Without Borders (HWB) are offering travel grants to travel within greater Europe in 2018. 

The ICOM UK – HWB Travel Grant scheme enables recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with international museum colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience.   Mutually beneficial projects and partnerships can include all aspects of museum work.  For inspiration, read the case studies from previous grant recipients on the ICOM UK website

Applications will be considered for grants of up to £700 per organisation.  The full list of EU and greater Europe countries applicants are eligible to visit can be found on the Travel Grant Scheme Application Form (see below).

Deadline for applications: Monday 5 February 2018 

For further information and to download the application form, visit:


BAFM Travel Award Bursary 2018  

British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM) is an independent organisation established in 1973 for Friends, volunteers and supporters in museums, galleries and heritage sites representing more than 200,000 Friends and Volunteers across the UK. It offers a friendly and practical network of support from people with first-hand experience of running Friends organisations, acts as a clearing house for common problems and their solutions, and is a central source of information about Friends for Friends. See for general information.

BAFM is again offering its bi-annual Travel Award. The winner may be either totally committed volunteers of any age (who devote many hours supporting their museum or gallery) or a young professional who is starting their career in the museum world.

Funded travel could be within the UK or abroad and the winner would spend time at their chosen destination working behind the scenes, in order to extend their experience and make contacts for the future. Alternatively the travel could be in the form of a short duration internship, or the chance to work alongside a respected specialist.

Thanks to the most generous support of an anonymous donor we were able to commence the scheme in 2016. There will be one award of up to a total of £2,000 available on each of three alternate years. This award will be made in the alternate years to BAFM’s Robert Logan Award.

Applicants are asked to submit a short paper of not more than 500 words describing:

  • What they hope to achieve by spending time at the particular venue
  • The benefits to their career or organisation
  • An indication of the total cost of the proposal in their submission.

The panel of judges will consider the idea behind the proposal, its likely success, and the ‘value for money’ the proposal represents.

Shortlisted applicants will provide references and evidence of contacted host groups or organisations. An application for a residential internship must be supported by a provisional invitation from the venue being considered.

The winner will be invited, expenses paid, to the BAFM Conference to receive their prize.

A detailed report of the winning Project will be published in The BAfM Journal after the study period.

Timetable 2018

Cut off date for submissions 30th April 2018

May-July judging

Winner announced 1st September 2018

Prize awarded at BAfM Conference Autumn 2018

An application form may be downloaded from the BAFM website to send with your proposal to

Anne Stobo, BAfM Awards Administrator,

21 Albany Hill, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3RX   email

For general information contact Kate Kuhn>


BC Global Travel Grant Scheme

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel internationally (beyond the EU and greater Europe) to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships.

The ICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience.  The Global Travel Grant Scheme aims to support museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships. 

The total budget available for the Global Travel Grant Scheme in 2017-18 is £7,200.  Applications will be considered for grants of up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium.

Please note that applicants will need to make their own travel, insurance and visa arrangements.  ICOM UK or the British Council can supply a supporting letter where visa regulations require it. 

2017 Deadlines for Applications

Deadline for applications: 17:00 on Friday 13 October 2017

Successful applicants notified: w/c 23 October 2017

Travel must be completed by: 30 June 2018

For further information and to download the application form visit the ICOM UK website.

Applications for travel to the EU and greater Europe under the second round of the ICOM UK – HWB Travel Grant Scheme will open in early 2018

ASEF: Mobility First! – Fund to support travel of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) launched a fund for the mobility of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals between Asia and Europe. Between May and October 2017 six rounds will enable applicants to travel to events they’d otherwise could not attend.

Securing funding for cultural mobility that makes up an integral part to the practice and career of artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe is often challenging. With the “Mobility First!” fund ASEF wants to foster bi-directional mobility between Asia and Europe (and vice versa) and support personal connections between artists and cultural professionals.

The Call for Applications is on a rolling basis, those interested (individuals and art organisations) in benefitting from the fund, should send an application at least 10 weeks prior to the event they wish to attend.

Throughout six rounds ASEF will make selections every month from May to September for travels within the timeframe of May to Ocotober 2017. The results of the second round will be announced on 6 June, further applications are possible.

For more information click here.

Touring Exhibitions Group Marketplace 2017

Museum of London
Thursday 20 – Friday 21 April 2017

Join colleagues nationwide for one or two days of inspiration at the UK’s only touring exhibition networking event. Come to Marketplace to share ideas, source or promote touring exhibitions and find partnership opportunities.

Thursday 20 April, 13.30-18.00

SHARE Seminar: The Benefits of Borrowing

The SHARE seminar will launch TEG’s new Preparing to Borrow programme, in support of Arts Council England’s (ACE) Ready to Borrow scheme. It will present case studies exploring the benefits of borrowing objects and exhibitions from nationals and other large organisations, and will provide a platform for discussing solutions to the range of challenges facing potential borrowers. ACE, Durham University, National Museum Directors Council, Poole Museum, Science Museum Group, University of Nottingham Museum and the V&A will be represented on the panel of speakers. The event will close with ‘The 5 Minute Share’ – an opportunity for delegates to share information about upcoming tours, loan or partnership projects; to ask for input or find partners.

The seminar will be preceded by an optional tour of the Guildhall Art Gallery from 11.00-12.00, and followed by an evening drinks reception at the Barbican from 18.30-20.00. There will be an introduction to the Barbican’s latest exhibition The Japanese House and the opportunity for a complimentary visit to the show. Attendance at both events is free to delegates, but registration is essential; full details will follow booking.

Delegate fee: Members £35; Non-members £45
Book here:

Friday 21 April, 11:00-16:30
TEG Marketplace

TEG’s annual Marketplace is a unique opportunity for all those working in touring exhibitions to get together to network, discuss projects and exchange ideas. Delegates can book a stall to distribute details about their available exhibitions, or circulate freely to network, gather information and discuss collaborations.

Delegate fee: Members £45; Non-members £90

Marketplace stand: £50, Half-stand: £30 – limited numbers available. Stands must be booked together with 1 or 2 delegate places.

Corporate stands (inclusive of 2 delegate places): Member: £250/Non-member: £360.

Book here:

16 bursaries are available to support TEG Marketplace and SHARE seminar attendance and travel. If you are interested in applying, email for more information. Application deadline 10 March.

CPD Grants

Available via Anna Plowden Trust & Clothworkers’ Foundation

The Anna Plowden Trust and Clothworkers’ Foundation – two of the leading funders of training and development for conservators in the UK – have launched a new joint programme to support those undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). The Anna Plowden Trust has provided more than 100 grants for CPD during the last two decades and the Clothworkers’ Foundation conservation programme has given over £150,000 in CPD grants during the last eight years.

A grant of £20,000 from Clothworkers’ Foundation to the Anna Plowden Trust, will offer new opportunities for conservators seeking to improve their knowledge or skills, or to broaden their professional experience.

Anna Plowden Trust / Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD grants can be awarded for up to £1,000 or 50% (whichever is the smaller amount) of the cost of conferences, training events or other CPD opportunities. Application forms can be downloaded from the Anna Plowden Trust, which will administer the award on behalf of both funders. There are three remaining deadlines for applications in 2017: March 22nd, June 5th and September 14th.

Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme

From Art Fund:

Since the programme launched in 2012 we have helped 247 curators, scholars and researchers with 225 projects, and as you may know, last year the pot of funding increased by 50%, so we now have £75,000 to offer annually.

The scheme is open to curators and other professionals working with public collections, and through it we aim to help individuals realise their curatorial ambitions, through offering grants for collections-based research and curatorial development opportunities. Full details on the programme and some of the awards we have already made can be found on our website.

We can accept applications under £1,500 at any point throughout the year, while applications above this level are considered at committee meetings three times a year. The deadlines for these are as follows

Application deadline

Date of meeting

27th February 2017

27 March 2017

2nd May 2017

6th June 2017

25th September 2017

30th October 2017

If anyone would like to talk about their research ambitions and discuss potential projects, we encourage them to get in touch with us at or on 0207 225 4822.


WIRP International Travel Grant Scheme

The Working Internationally Regional Project is offering a small number of travel grants to support non-national museums in England to work internationally.

The travel grants will enable recipients to undertake an international research visit to museums and/or organisations abroad who they would otherwise not be able to meet with face-to-face.  The intention is to support non-national museums who are starting to develop international contacts and/or projects, and who are exploring their potential to work internationally in a particular part of the world.

The total budget available for the travel grants is £12,000.  Applications will be considered for grants of up to £2,000 per organisation or consortium

The application form with eligibility and guidance notes can be downloaded here.

Applications open: Thursday 15 October 2015
Deadline for applications: 12:00 on Friday 30 October 2015
Successful applications notified: w/c 16 November 2015

For any questions about the scheme, contact Dana Andrew, Project Co-ordinator