How Can I Apply?

The Fund receives many applications and most grants are usually between £200 and £1,000. An application can be made only if and when all of the conditions in the checklist here have been met.

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.


  • The project is for the main organ in the church
  • The church must have raised at least half the amount required (including VAT if applicable). This can include grants received from other sources, pledged income and tax due back on Gift Aid donations.
  • a contract has been signed with the organ builder
  • a faculty (if applicable) has been granted

When complete, please post your application to the Secretary:

Dr Alan Thurlow
The On Organ Fund
8 Old Bakery Gardens
West Sussex PO19 8AJ

or email including attachments to

Further Considerations

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.

Further Advice

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).