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Some Grant-offering Charities

Help with funding a project

The following organisations may be willing to assist with funding if you are considering an organ project. Some will consider more general approaches whereas others have specific requirements in relation to the areas of work they will consider supporting. If you are looking for a specific organisation, then the quicklinks on the right will help you.

Every effort is made to keep these details up to date, but we do rely on feedback from the organisations and users of this site to remain current. We are keen to receive feedback and updates or indeed news of any other body who may be sympathetic to organ based funding.

   
The National Heritage Memorial Fund 7 Holbein Place, London, SW1W 8NR
Phone:  0207 591 6042
  The Repair Grant for Places of Worship Scheme English Heritage, Fortress House,
23 Saville Row, London, W1X 2HE
Phone:  0870 333 1181

The Listed Places of Worship Scheme PO Box 609, Newport,
South Wales, NP10 8QD
Phone:   0845 601 5945

  English HeritageFortress House, 23 Saville Row,
London, W1X 2HE
Phone:   0207 973 3000
web: www.english-heritage.org.uk
This website at www.lpwscheme.org.uk gives wide ranging details about the scheme . Work on church organs permanently fixed to the church walls may be eligible for grant relief.   Repairs to the case of an organ of outstanding national interest may qualify for a grant but general repairs do not.
The Arts Council of WalesBute Place, Cardiff, CF10 5AL
Phone:   0845 8734 900
 

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland77 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6AQ
Phone: 028 903 85200
web: www.artscouncil-ni.org

For restoration only of instruments not of heritage importance;  for new organs, rebuilding of organs "with potential", or relocation of an instrument.  Applicants should demonstrate regular use of the instrument, a development programme for young organists and use for non-liturgical performance open to the public.  A high level of partnership funding is encouraged.  Guidance notes are available.   For restoration only of instruments not of heritage importance;  for new organs, rebuilding of organs "with potential", or relocation of an instrument.  Applicants should demonstrate regular use of the instrument, a development programme for young organists and use for non-liturgical performance open to the public.  A high level of partnership funding is encouraged.  Guidance notes are available.
   

Council for the Care of ChurchesThe Organs Committee, Council for the Care of Churches,
Archbishops' Council, Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3NZ
Phone:   020 7898 1866 / 020 7898 1885
Fax:       020 7898 188
e-mail: andrew.agryakis@c-of-e.org.uk
web: www.churchcare.org.uk


 
Administers funds from Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust. Organs over 70 years old close to original condition along with significant instruments of a later date are usually eligible for consideration for a grant. Also organ cases of historic merit.
Church House Publishing (at CCC address) booklets include Sounds Good: A guide to church organs

 

 

The ON Organ Fund
(Registered Charity 289160)
Dr Alan Thurlow, Chairman and Acting Secretary
8 Old Bakery Gardens, Chichester,
West Sussex, PO19 8AJ
Phone: 01243 533092
e-mail: alanjthurlow@btinternet.com

    Small grants for the care and maintenance of pipe organs in places of worship and for new pipe organs.  Applicants should not approach the fund until a faculty or other necessary permission has been obtained, a contract has been signed with the organ builder and over half the money required has been given or pledged.
The Leche Trust84 Cicada Road, London, SW18 2NZ
Phone:   020 870 6233
Fax:   020 870 6233
   

Interested in organs of the Georgian period 1680 to 1830.


   
The Pilling Trust FundWaterworths Chartered Accountants
Central Buildings, Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, BB1 7AP
Phone:   01254 51123
Fax:       01254 682 483
  The Sir John Priestman TrustMessers. McKenzie Bell & Sons,
19 St. John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1JQ
Phone: 0191 567 4857

Grants available for Anglican churches with particular interest in churches that maintain an active choral tradition.  Typically the project might involve a major repair or replacement of the church organ.
 
Maintenance of Church of England buildings, including the repair and renovation of organs, in the counties of Durham and York.
Lord Barnby's FoundationMrs J Lethbridge,
PO Box 71,
Plymstock,
Plymouth, PL8 2YP
 

The Summerfield Charitable TrustPO Box 4,
Winchcombe,
Cheltenham GL54 5ZD
web: www.summerfield.org.uk

Grants to registered charities only and with some geographical preferences.   An example of a trust with a specific local interest, in this case Gloucestershire.
Laing's Charitable Trust133 Page Street, London, NW7 2ER
Phone:   0208 959 3636
  The Esmee Fairburn Charitable Trust7 Cowley Street, London, SW1P 3NB
Phone:   0207  227 5400

A very limited number of small grants for church organ appeals are made.   The main object of the Trust is the payment of welfare and hardship benefits
 
Provides only limited support for the restoration of organs, since it channels most of its funding through another grant-giving body rather than directly to individual parish churches.

The Idlewild Trust1a Taylors Yard, 67 Alderbrok Road,
London, SW12 8AD
Phone:   020 8772 3155

e-mail: idlewildtrust@lineone.net
web: www.idlewildtrust.org.uk

  The G. C. Gibson Charitable TrustTouche Ross and Company, Fitzalan Court, Newport Road, Cardiff
Phone:   01222 481 111

Only interested in organs which are significant in design terms. A substantial proportion of funds would need to have been raised already, with a viable plan to raise the remaining shortfall.
 
Very few grants available for organs; priority given to churches in South Wales and Suffolk.
The Pilgrim TrustCowley House, 9 Little College Street, London, SW1P 3XS
Phone:   020 7222 4723

e-mail: georgina.nayler@thepilgrimtrust.org.ukweb: www.thepilgrimtrust.org.uk
   

Supports work in church, including work to organs. They will receive applications from churches.
 
European FundingApply to your local Department of Trade and Industry office.  

Books and Computers Computer Program - Funderfinder Fundraising for your church building from
www.churchcare.co.uk or Council for the Care of Churches, 0207 898 1866

Some European funding may be available for organs in Priority 1 areas.  (North Merseyside, Highlands of Scotland and Northern Ireland).   A Guide to Local Trusts (1997)
24 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2DP
Phone:   0207 209 5151
A Guide to Company Giving
Available from the Charities Aid Foundation
Fundraising For Churches (1999)
Published by SPCK (ISBN 0 281 05058 9)
Phone:   0345 626 747
A North East Guide for Grant Seekers (1997)
John Haswell House, 8/9 Gladstone Terrace, Gateshead NE8 4DY
Phone:   0207 209 5151
     
     

 

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