Support for professional development - Museums Association

Support for professional development

The Benevolent Fund offers grants to support:

  • The advancement of education, training and development of members participating in programmes and events organised by the Museums Association, including working towards the AMA, Transformers and the FMA
  • The advancement of education, training and development of members participating in programmes and events organised by other external providers – funding of this nature is only available to current core programme participants and/or programme alumni.

Additional funding has been allocated to support professional development during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we encourage members to apply.

The AMA during Covid

The AMA is going from strength to strength – with weekly email updates, online AMA Q&As and online AMA Support Groups looking at ethical and topical issues. Mentoring continues virtually and the proliferation of online learning opportunities makes professional development more accessible to many.

The current situation also finds the sector, individual disciplines and individuals responding to new ways of working and museum practice all of which contribute to being a well-rounded museum professional. Learning is the new normal.

Tamsin Russell, workforce development officer, Museums Association

Applicants must be a current individual member of the Museums Association and preference is given to those self-funding and paying their own expenses.

Applications for professional development funding will be considered on a monthly basis.

Application criteria

Each year, the Trustees announce the amount that is available to individual members undertaking professional development.

Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis, and should be submitted to tamsin@museumsassociation.org.

Each application will be considered individually but, in general:

1.1      If you are undertaking one of our core professional development programmes – the AMA, Transformers or the FMA you are able to apply for financial support for professional development opportunities both run by the MA and by external providers where it meets the needs of your professional development plan. This continues as an alumni benefit.

1.2     If you are a member but not participating in a core MA professional development programme, then you are able to apply for financial support for professional development opportunities ONLY run by the MA.

1.3     Please note where funds are requested to pay for participation in the core programmes then this will cover a maximum of 75% part-payment for the 2020/21 financial year.

1.4     Please note funding can be sought to enable participation in professional development activities – for example travel and subsistence or childcare costs.

1.5      Applicants must be a current individual member of the Museums Association and preference is given to those self-funding and paying their own expenses.

1.6     We welcome applications from paid members of staff, volunteers and freelancers.

1.7     Please see the below for guidance on how to complete your application.

Guidance Note 1 – Summary of Professional development activity for which funding is required

In describing the professional development activity for which funding is required, you should include the following:

  • Category of professional development activity, whether accredited, formal, informal.
  • If the activity constitutes accredited professional development (courses, workshops or seminars) please give details of the course provider, the title of the course, workshop or seminar and a description of the qualification, you should provide as much detail as possible.
  • If the activity constitutes a formal professional development (courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, coaching or mentoring) please give details of the provider, the title conference organiser.
  • If you are applying for funding for an informal professional development activity, for example, to help with the purchase of learning materials, such as books, online learning materials etc, you should also provide as much detail as possible.
  • Timescale – an estimate of the number of hours of professional development s the activity will constitute and over what time period.
Guidance Note 2 – Describe how the activity will contribute towards your professional development

You should explain to what extent the activity will enable you to achieve your identified professional development goal(s) and career aspirations, and where applicable make direct reference to your professional development plan to identify which goal(s) the activity will contribute towards, and/or how it will benefit your career aspirations.

Guidance Note 3 – Benefits of undertaking professional development activity for which funding is required

In outlining what you anticipate will be the benefits of the activity for which funding is required, you should think about the following areas:

  • How the activity will contribute to your own personal and professional development, enhancing your current role and/or contributing to future aspirations.
  • Whether and in which ways the activity will contribute towards the organisational objectives of your museum, museum-related organisation and/ or the sector.
  • Whether and in which ways the activity will have benefits for the wider museums profession and sector.

All applications for CPD funding will be reviewed on the last day of each month. To ensure inclusion we will be monitoring diversity characteristics.

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