The Consortium’s charitable arm, the York Foundation for Conservation & Craftsmanship, provides annual bursaries to assist the training and development of craftspeople and conservators and to encourage existing experts to take on new apprentices.

Since its launch in the year 2000 the Foundation has received the support of many generous donors, both individual and corporate, and has now built up a Fund of over £420,000. We use the revenue generated by this fund for our bursary programme and this money is boosted by additional annual contributions by partner charities with similar objectives including the Yorkshire Freemasons’ Grand Charity, the York Company of Merchant Taylors, the Historic Houses Association and the Surveyors Club. Click here for a full list of the donors who have supported our work.

To date, and from small beginnings, we have made nearly 250 bursary awards to talented and committed individuals working across a large number of heritage specialisms.  By tracking the careers of the people we have supported we know that our bursary programme has made a huge difference in encouraging people to take what is often a difficult step in funding the development of their own skills.  In addition, the bursaries provide a valuable boost to confidence, recognition of ability and access to new professional networks.  Click here for a full list of who we have helped and for what purposes.

The bursary programme runs annually.  Applications must be received by the end of March and forms and further information can be downloaded from this site.  The awards are announced and presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Consortium, held in June, in the evocative setting of York’s St Martin cum Gregory.