ChurchCare - Grants for Organs

Status: Open to applications

Deadline: 01 October, 2018


Anglican churches in England can apply for funding for the conservation of organs and organ cases.

Maximum Value: £ 8,000

Extended Desciption

Funding is provided by ChurchCare which is the Church of England's national resource to support parish churches and cathedrals to care for their buildings.
Anglican churches in England can apply for funding for the conservation of organs and organ cases.

Latest Informaiton 

Deadline for this round is the 1 October, 2018

Key Criteria

Anglican churches in England are eligible to apply.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants are awarded for the conservation of an organ in its present state and for schemes where the proposed works restore a clearly established earlier historic state but not for speculative works.

Funding is available for organs which are over 70 years old. Such instruments will normally be examples of organ building work which retain the character of the original organ and its builder, with a minimum of alteration. Significant instruments of a later date can be considered for grant aid. Organ cases of historic merit are eligible for consideration.


Grants will not be awarded for schemes introducing changes to the original design of the organ or works which take an organ further from its original tonal scheme, mechanism or wind system, or which replace earlier parts with non-traditional materials.

Aplication Proceedure

Application forms are available to complete online and the following supporting documentation must be uploaded:

  • Conservation report prepared in accordance with the guidelines for organ builders reports.
  • Statements of significance and need prepared in accordance with the guidelines.
  • Latest Quinquennial Inspection report.
  • Brief summary of any recommendations in the Quinquennial Inspection report that have been completed, are in progress or are about to be put in hand.
  • DAC and any other advice on the project.
  • Letter from the Archdeacon in support of the project.
  • Statement of most recent annual audited church accounts.
When considering grant aid for historic organs, the Council requires that the chosen contractor should adopt historically appropriate methods. For example, contractors are expected to avoid the use of modern synthetic materials and components inappropriate to the organ's original design, to refrain from gratuitous revoicing or replacement of pipework, and to respect historic finishes. The Council encourages parishes to consider engaging a contractor accredited by the Institute of British Organ Building.
Contact ChurchCare for further information.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms may be available on their website.
Contact details:
John Webster
Cathedral and Church Buildings Division 
Church House 
27 Great Smith Street 
020 7898 1872