Remedial Conservation Scheme

Conservation in progress
Conservation in progress
Books in need of conservation
Books in need of conservation
London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum

AIM is grateful to the Pilgrim Trust for funding the Conservation Grant Scheme. The AIM/Pilgrim Trust Conservation Grant Scheme is intended to help small museums with the conservation of objects in their collections. Accessioned objects in any media are eligible. Whilst we expect museums to have a conservation plan, the object does not have to be the most at risk in the collection.

However, the reason for your choice must be made clear in your application; for example, the object might be planned for use in a temporary exhibition. Conservation work should be carried out by a conservator chosen from the ICON register unless there are exceptional circumstances where this is not possible.



To be eligible for an AIM Conservation Grant, museums must:

  • Be an AIM member
  • Be a registered or accredited museum, or be confident of achieving accreditation within two years (if you are in the latter category AIM reserves the right to discuss your accreditation application with the relevant authority)
  • Be a registered Charity, an associated charity can receive the grant on the museum’s behalf, if the museum itself is not a charity
  • Have fewer than 50,000 visitors p.a. OR a turnover of less than £300,000 p.a. (Please note in the case of branch museums, the total turnover of the parent organisation must be less than £300,000 p.a.)
  • Application to this scheme does not prevent museums applying to the Pilgrim Trust for other, unrelated projects
  • Applicants may apply to the scheme more than once for different projects
  • For the purposes of the scheme, conservation is defined as: actions to preserve or restore an object:
  • Preservation: to maintain an object in its present state retarding deterioration
  • Restoration: to return an object to an earlier state by removing accretions without introducing any new material.
Eligible costs and grant size

Eligible costs and grant size

Project costs may include the conservator’s labour and materials, transport (including specialised packing) and reassembly.

The grant will NOT cover any costs for your own labour, nor for any subsequent exhibition.

If you are VAT Registered, recoverable VAT should be deducted from any invoices before claiming.

The maximum grant awarded will be £10,000. It is expected that the average grant awarded will be around £5,000.

Grants of less than £1,500 will be paid in full on award; others will be paid 50% on award and 50% on completion and receipt of the conservator’s report.

Applicants do not need to offer partnership funding although it will be welcome if they do. Bids may be made to part-fund larger schemes but not if that scheme is already being funded by the Pilgrim Trust

Supplementary guidance for applicants

Supplementary guidance for applicants

Please read these notes carefully in addition to the Guidance notes attached to the application form which is available to download at the bottom of this page before making an application to us. If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact Justeen Stone on:

We cannot fund conservation treatment arising from accidental or wilful damage to museum objects, nor can we support applications for in situ building conservation or routine maintenance.

We need to know how important the object/s involved are to your museum. This particularly applies to social and local history objects which may not be obvious to the Grant Committee.

You need to make a convincing case for why the project has to be undertaken and why the project needs to be undertaken now.

You may find it helpful to talk to your local Museums Development Officer (MDO) before making an application. They have considerable experience with grant applications. They may be able to help with finding a suitable conservator or suggest how you might strengthen your application. We would be happy to advise you who best to contact for your area or visit:

Do not send us supplementary documents unless they directly relate to your application. For example, if you are Accredited we do not need policy documents relating to Accreditation. Unduly long applications are not necessarily helpful.

While we would not wish you to compromise on the quality of the proposed works, obtaining value for money is an important criterion for us in assessing your project. If there are alternative approaches have you considered them? Are the proposed works or treatment appropriate? This is particularly important with higher value projects.

While we recommend the use of Accredited Conservators unless there are particular reasons you need to employ another specialist for conservation treatment, please ensure that person has the skills and experience relevant for the works proposed.

Applications close on 31 March and 30 September 2019

The application form and guidance notes can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Please note, both documents are in Word and will directly download to your computer.

For further information contact Justeen Stone, AIM Grants & Finance Officer at

Completed Grant forms should be returned to the AIM Administrator via our postal address.

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