Museums Association Benevolent Fund (including the Trevor Walden Trust)

To alleviate financial distress of members of the MA and provide education and training
The Museums Association Benevolent Fund was merged with the Trevor Walden Trust in 2015 and combines the following objectives:

  • the relief of poverty
  • alleviating financial distress suffered by past or present members of the Museums Association and their immediate dependents
  • the advancement of education and training of students participating in programmes and training events organised by the Museums Association, including working towards the AMA

Applications for alleviating financial distress will be considered for family-related matters such as: childcare while a member or dependent re-skills, respite care for member or dependent, specialist equipment for disabled living, or difficulties caused by sudden bereavement.

In addition to providing support to alleviate financial hardship and distress, the Museum Association's Benevolent Fund provides important CPD support for members in the form of Trevor Walden Bursaries. I would encourage any member reviewing their professional development to consider the Benevolent Fund as a possible means of enabling a particular development activity. The fund may be able to remove a financial obstacle to career development.
Ian Brown, Chair of the Museums Association Benevolent Fund

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Application form (word)

Further information and criteria (word)

More guidance on applying (word)