Funding for Art in Churches:The Cottam Will Trust
We can grant aid new works of art in medieval churches through a fund called the Cottam Will Trust.
Grants can be made for items such as: bells, statues, murals, paintings, paschal candlesticks, vestments, Commandment Boards, stained glass, altars and altar frontals. Grants are normally made for new works of art, but we have funded the purchase of salvaged items.
Trustees are keen to promote quality, so whether your scheme is overtly modern and challenging in style, or more traditionally-minded, a high standard of work - both in design and execution - is paramount.
Grants can be large or small; occasionally they have hovered close to £20,000. 100% grant aid is rare so it is likely you will need to raise funding from other sources as well.
Anyone can apply for a grant but we tend to get applications from Parochial Church Councils (PCC). Sometimes they come from the artist themselves, with the backing of the PCC.
We are proud of what we have achieved so far, and through Father Cottam's initial generosity, and prudent house-keeping since, the capital base for the Trust now exceeds £500,000. This means that we can help many more schemes in the future.