Our work with Trusts and Foundations

Trust and Foundations make a real difference to the work of Guildford Cathedral. The support of Trusts and Foundations help to ensure this beautiful building is kept open to all. Without the help of our supporters we would be unable maintain the building or keep our magnificent choir enriching the lives of worshippers and visitors alike. We would be unable to continue to engage and inspire people across the Diocese and beyond.


Recent donations that are making a difference:

The Ouseley Church Music Trust in November 2015 £7000 and June 2017 £13,420 grant for the Cathedral's Girls' Choir

The Golsoncott Foundation in 2017, for a £500 grant towards the Cathedral's Girls' Choir.

The Friends of Cathedral Music in 2016, for a £20,000 grant supporting the Cathedral's Girls' Choir.

Allchurches Trust Limited in June 2017.  £2500 (total cost is £10,000.00) towards the Renovation of the Virtues and Gifts Sculptures on the exterior of the Cathedral.

The Nancy Bateman Trust in June 2017. £1000 to help towards our day to day costs.

The Vibrated Corn Trust in March 2017. £30,000 to help towards our day to day costs.

The Williams Church Music Trust in July 2017£2000 towards our Music Excellence Programme.

Deakin Charitable Trust in July 2017.  £300 to help towards our day to day costs.

The Roger Raymond Charitable Trust in September 2017. £500 to help towards our day to day costs.

Wates Foundation in October 2017 £15,000 for our Outreach Work.


The building works at the Cathedral are now coming to the end.  Our work continues and the challenges of securing our financial future are still all too apparent for us. The Cathedral still needs support so that all can benefit from the new improvements for free, 365 days a year.  It costs approximately £1.3m a year to run the Cathedral - with 50% purely on the maintenance of the building and grounds. 

We are very grateful for the generous support of Trusts and Foundations but our need is still great. Ongoing support could help us continue to provide musical opportunities and skills for children, family learning and education days or to pay for one day of opening this sacred and inspiring space.

Our Ask

  • £600 could pay for a planter for the grounds of the Cathedral to complement the landscaping and provide colour and inspiration
  • £1,000 could pay for one Boy chorister’s professional training and voice coaching for one year.
  • £1,000 could pay for a projector and screen for our Education Team to deliver inspiring learning to all ages.
  • £3,500 could cover the costs of one day of opening the Cathedral and help keep it free for all.
  • £5,000 could cover the cost of 20 new cassocks and surplices for our Girl Choristers.
  • £5,000 could cover the cost of 20 new cassocks and surplices for our Boy Choristers.

We also have some substantial projects that we require funding including

  • Completion of the paving (on the South Side) at the front of The Cathedral: £95,000
  • Relaying of the South Path: £88,000 (in its current state it has the potential to be a trip hazard)

We have conservation work to carry out in relation to 

  • The Cleaning of The Virtues and Gifts of Spirit stone sculptures on the exterior: £6000.
  • The refreshing of our Treasury and provision of additional shelving.

How we work with Trusts and Foundations

Trusts and Foundations have provided loyal and generous support to Guildford Cathedral over the years. We are keen to further develop these relationships and build new partnerships.

Next steps

If you are involved with a Trust and would like to learn more about current fundraising projects or if you would like to discuss how you can help, please contact Nicola Pratt, Fundraising Officer on 01483 547 884 or Nicola@guildford-cathedral.org