Funding for art in churches


We are keen to support this country’s long tradition of excellent art in churches. Through the Cottam Will Trust we make grants for new art which furthers religion. This can include, but is not limited to 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

We administer the Cottam Will Trust. This offers grants “For the purchase of objects of beauty to be placed in ancient Gothic churches for the furtherance of religion”.

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 has grown. This means that we can help many more schemes in the future.