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:

Both the Vibrated Corn Trust and Deakin Charitable Trust contributed grants to help towards our essential day to day costs.

The Wates Foundation is generously supporting the salary costs of our Outreach work over two years.

The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Combined Charities funded our four There but Not There silhouettes (part of the World War One commemorations) and the re-gilding of the Regimental Chapel gates, including the organ loft gate.

The Worshipful Company of Joiners & Ceilers and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust have contributed towards the re-gilding of our internal ironwork.

The Loseley Christian Trust and the Worshipful Company of Girdlers supported our World War One schools' workshops, to help commemorate the centenary of the Great War.

The Borrows Trust generously support the costs of our monthly Coffee Concerts.

The George Bairstow Charitable Trust is kindly sponsoring a planter for our volunteer gardening project.

Williams Church Music Trust, Hymns Ancient and Modern, the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Trust and Friends of Cathedral Music all generously support our music program. They support our Organ Scholar, the purchase of music and music storage, our Vocal Coach and transport for the boy choristers respectively.

The building works at the Cathedral are complete with grateful thanks to the HLF and many generous trusts, foundations and individual donors.  Our work continues and and 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 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)

Conservation Work

We have a number of small and large scale projects please do contact us for more details.

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 Susan Barry, Head of Fundraising on 01483 547 878 or