Help With Funding a Project

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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 IBO also produces a leaflet containing information for fundraising which can be downloaded from the Publications menu above.

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The National Heritage Memorial Fund 7 Holbein Place, London, SW1W 8NR Phone: 0207 591 6042


The National Heritage Memorial Fund gives grants for restoration of organs of outstanding historic interest and national importance. It is funded by the National Lottery.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) was set-up in 1980 to save the most outstanding parts of our national heritage at risk of loss to the nation, as a memorial to those who have given their lives for the UK. The NHMF continues to act as the fund of last resort, being able to act very quickly in emergencies.

 

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HLF Your Heritage
7 Holbein Place, London,
SW1W 8NR
Phone: 0207 591 6042 e-mail: enquiries@hlf.org.uk web: www.hlf.org.uk

 

Your Heritage Scheme can consider applications for the conservation of historic organs in places of worship. Grants up to £50,000 offered to organisations which aim to enhance the UK’s heritage, or to increase involvement in heritage activities (e.g visits by schools, or concerts by non-church groups).

Awards for All Scheme offers grants up to £10,000 to fund many types of community-based as well as heritage projects. www.awardsforall.org.uk 0845 410 2030

 

 

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The Scottish Arts Council
12 Manor Place, Edinburgh,
EH3 7DD
Phone: 0131 226 6051

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. Further details at http://www.scottisharts.org.uk/


 

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The Repair Grant for Places of Worship Scheme English Heritage, Fortress House, 23 Saville Row, London, W1X 2HE Phone: 0870 333 1181

 

Please note that this has now replaced the Joint Scheme (which united English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund). Grants are available for urgent repairs to listed buildings that are in regular use as public places of worship.

The scheme is mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is run by English Heritage on behalf of both organisations.

 

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The Colyer-Fergussen Charitable Trust Hogarth House, 34 Paradise Road Richmond Surrey TW9 1SE
Phone: 020 8948 3388


This trust operates for projects only in the county of Kent.

e-mail: grantadmin@cfct.org.uk      web: www.cfct.org.uk

 

 

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The Arts Council of England 14 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 3NQ
Phone: 0207 333 0100 / 0845 300 6200

 

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.at artscouncil.org.uk

 


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

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.

 

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English Heritage
Fortress House, 23 Saville Row, London, W1X 2HE
Phone: 0207 973 3000
www.english-heritage.org.uk

 

 

Repairs to the case of an organ of outstanding national interest may qualify for a grant but general repairs do not.

 

 

 

 

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The Arts Council of Wales
Bute Place, Cardiff, CF10 5AL
Phone: 0845 8734 900

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.

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland 77 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.

 

 

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Council for the Care of Churches The 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

 

 

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The ON Organ Fund 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.

 

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The Leche Trust 84 Cicada Road, London, SW18 2NZ Phone: 020 870 6233 Fax: 020 870 6233

 

Interested in organs of the Georgian period 1680 to 1830.

 

 

 

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The Pilling Trust Fund Waterworths Chartered Accountants Central Buildings, Richmond Terrace,
Blackburn, BB1 7AP
Phone: 01254 51123 Fax: 01254 682 483

 

 

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.

 

 

 


The Sir John Priestman Trust Messers. McKenzie Bell & Sons,
19 St. John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1JQ
Phone: 0191 567 4857



Maintenance of Church of England buildings, including the repair and renovation of organs, in the counties of Durham and York.

 


Lord Barnby's Foundation
Mrs J Lethbridge
PO Box 71, Plymstock
Plymouth, PL8 2YP

 

Grants to registered charities only and with some geographical preferences.

 

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

 

An example of a trust with a specific local interest, in this case Gloucestershire.

 

 

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Laing's Charitable Trust 133 Page Street, London, NW7 2ER
Phone: 0208 959 3636

 

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

 

 

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The Esmee Fairburn Charitable Trust 7 Cowley Street London, SW1P 3NB
Phone: 0207 227 5400

 

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.

 

idlewildLogo The Idlewild Trust 1a Taylors Yard, 67 Alderbrok Road, London, SW12 8AD Phone: 020 8772 3155 e-mail: idlewildtrust@lineone.net web: www.idlewildtrust.org.uk

 

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.

 

gibsonLogo The G. C. Gibson Charitable Trust Touche Ross and Company Fitzalan Court Newport Road Cardiff
Phone: 01222 481 111

 

Very few grants available for organs; priority given to churches in South Wales and Suffolk.

 

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The Pilgrim Trust Cowley House, 9 Little College Street,
London, SW1P 3XS
Phone: 020 7222 4723

 


Supports work in church, including work to organs. They will receive applications from churches.
e-mail: georgina.nayler@thepilgrimtrust.org.uk      web: www.thepilgrimtrust.org.uk

 

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The Garfield Weston Foundation Weston Centre Bowater House 68 Knightsbridge
London, SW1X 7LQ
Phone: 020 7589 6363 Fax: 020 7584 5921

 

Grants are available for church fabric restoration and reordering. Sometimes grants are made for organ restoration if the parish has already raised some money locally. Guidance notes are available.

 

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The Charities Aid Foundation Kings Hill, West Malling
Kent, ME19 4TA

 

The Foundation produces the Directory of Grant-Making Trusts which is updated twice yearly. This is a major source for identifying suitable trusts and for advice on how to present applications. It is available at main public reference libraries and possibly also from your local Diocesan Office (and on CD-ROM).

 

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The William Adlington Cadbury Charitable Trust 2 College Walk, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LQ
web: www.wa-cadbury.org.uk

Includes conservation and protection projects, generally only in the West Midlands, at the discretion of the Trustees.

 

 

 

European Funding Apply to your local Department of Trade and Industry office. Some European funding may be available for organs in Priority 1 areas. (North Merseyside, Highlands of Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Books and Computers Computer Programme

  • Funderfinder Fundraising for your church building from www.churchcare.co.uk or Council for the Care of Churches, 0207 898 1866
  • 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