Opportunities Fund

The world’s heritage is at risk as never before. Conservators who care for that heritage need the best tools to do their work – including collaboration and exchange of information with their colleagues around the world. This is where IIC plays a vital role. Unfortunately, many conservators and heritage organisations employing conservators cannot afford IIC membership fees. IIC’s Opportunities Fund was established in 2010 to provide membership to individuals and institutions who cannot easily afford the annual subscription fees. Formerly known as the Professional Development Fund when it only assisted individuals, through the generosity of members’ donations, it now provides support for institutions.

What the Fund offers

IIC’s Council needs to know of Institutions who should benefit from this scheme. Do you know of an institution from a country where the level of income or financial support is too low for the membership subscription to be affordable? If so, please encourage them to contact the IIC office to find out more about the scheme.

Institutional membership of IIC will be awarded for two years with the possibility of renewal for a further two years, subject to funds being available. Applicant institutions will be asked to fill in a brief form, describing their current situation and reasons for wanting to join IIC. Applications will regularly be considered by a panel of Council members against a range of criteria.

Institutions currently receiving support include:

  • Yachay Wasi Institute, Lima, Peru
  • Ankara Restoration and Conservation Laboratory, Turkey
  • Pardubice University , Czech Republic
  • State Mufti's Office Museum, Brunei

How you can help: become an IIC World Member

The Opportunities Fund is small compared to our estimate of the need and it is quite likely that some deserving applicants will be disappointed. IIC encourages members to contribute to this effort, and by donating to the Opportunities Fund over and above their regular IIC membership fee, IIC members become IIC World Members. There will be an opportunity to donate at the same time as the annual membership renewal, or members can contribute now by clicking here or contacting the IIC office.