Funding For Art In Churches


We can grant aid new works of art in medieval churches through a fund called the Cottam Will Trust.  Grants have been made for statues, murals, paintings, stained glass, altars and altar frontals.  Anyone can apply but we encourage applications from Parochial Church Councils (PCCs), or artists themselves with the backing of the PCC.  

Cottam Will Trust


Through the Cottam Will Trust we can make grants for items such as:  statues / sculpture, 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.

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.

Leicester Cathedral

The Cottam made a substantial grant towards these Nativity figures, carved by Charles Gurrey, that are on display normally for six weeks over the Long Christmas. The photo shows their first appearance in 2013.