The On Organ Fund
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An application can be made only if and when all of the following conditions have been met:

  • the project is for the main organ in the church;
  • a fund has been set up and at least half the amount required (including VAT if applicable) has been raised;
  • a contract has been signed with the organ builder;
  • a faculty (if applicable) has been granted.

The Fund receives many applications and most grants are currently between 100 and 1000.

Applications are considered in May and November of each year and the final dates for receipt of application by the Secretary are 30 April and 30 September respectively.

It is only necessary to send in one copy of the application form and of any supporting paperwork. Please send your application to the Secretary:


Dr Alan Thurlow, 8 Old Bakery Gardens, CHICHESTER, West Sussex, PO19 8AJ.

Due to the specialised nature of the repair of organs in churches, we strongly recommend that you approach a suitably qualified and experienced contractor to assist you with your project. Details of accredited contractors can be found through the Institute of British Organ Building.

In recommending grants, the Trustees of the On Organ Fund may attach importance to an approach which shows respect for the instrument's artistic character.

Advice on how to go about the process of restoring a church organ can be found through the
Association of Independent Organ Advisers.

Additional advice for organs which are considered to have a historic character can be found at the
Church Buildings website and other aspects are detailed in Historic Organ Conservation - A practical introduction to processes and planning by Dominic Gwynn (Church House Publishing).

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