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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:

  • Allchurches Trust
  • The Vibrated Corn Trust
  • Brook Charitable Trust
  • The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Trust
  • The Atlas Fund
  • Friends of Cathedral Music ‘Diamond Fund for Choristers’
  • The Ouseley Church Music Trust
  • The Hobson Charity  
  • The Erica Leonard Trust
  • Maurice & Hildag Laing
  • The Rainbow Dickinson Trust
  • The Roger Raymond Charitable Trust
  • Williams Church Music Trust
  • William Wates Foundation & the William Wates Memorial Trust


Thanks also to:

  • Borrows Charitable Trust – who generously support the costs of our monthly Coffee Concerts and vocal coach
  • The National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund – who in response to our reduced income in 2020 caused by Covid-19 generously supported us by providing 4 months of  salaries for  3 members of staff

  • The Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund – who in response to Covid-19 has made a large gift towards the running costs of our Music Department.

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 the Fundraising Department on