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Skills Builder: CPD Grants

The SEMDP Skills Builder: CPD Grant supports continuing professional development (CPD). The grant is open to any individual (paid or volunteer, including Trustees) working in a museum in the South East that is accredited (including provisional or ‘working towards’ status) to either fund (or contribute towards) a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity. The host museum must support the application by an individual, and must agree to administer the grant on their behalf.

The Skills Builder: CPD Grant can be used towards conferences or training course fees, and/or travel and subsistence in relation to attending a conference or training.

Any CPD proposal involving museum networks, and/or multiple members of staff and/or volunteers from one museum should apply for a Level Up: Improvement Grant.

We would encourage applications to the Skills Builder: CPD Grant for activities that contribute to one or more of the Arts Council England (ACE) five goals, and key aims in the South East Museum Development Business Plan 2018-2022:

How much can I apply for?

You can access up to £500 to support a CPD activity. This can either fully fund a CPD activity, or comprise a contribution towards a CPD activity. You are limited to one successful application per financial year.

When can I apply?

There will be three application deadlines each year. For 2018-2019, as our programme of training and grants is starting later, the deadlines are:

     31 August 2018

     26 October 2018

     28 December 2018

Deadlines may change for years 2, 3 and 4 of the SEMDP 2018-2022 programme. Invoices for CPD activities funded by the Skills Builder: CPD Grant must be received by 28 February 2019.

How to apply?

  • You should read the guidance document for applicants.
  • Discuss your application in advance with your Museum Development Officer (MDO).
  • You must complete and submit an application form. Only fully completed application forms will be considered and processed.

Guidance notes and the application form template are provided below. 

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