About FCM’s grants

At a time when many cathedral and church music departments are battling with running costs, Friends of Cathedral Music gives invaluable grants to assist in maintaining this priceless, 1,400-year-old heritage. FCM usually awards between £200,000 and £250,000 in grants each year.  Click here to see details of past grants.

By making grants, FCM seeks to maintain and expand the work of the choral foundations of cathedrals, collegiate churches and chapels and other places of worship.

FCM offers the following types of grant.  The receipt of one type of grant does not necessarily preclude a choral foundation from applying for another:

Endowment Grants

To support (for example) chorister scholarships, instrumental tuition and voice training, organ scholarships and funding for adult choral scholarships.  Having received an Endowment Grant, choral foundations must wait 5 years before applying for another.  Click here for more information.

Capital Grants

To help with the purchase of equipment such as rehearsal pianos and choir stalls for a song school, music and robes.  Having received a Capital Grant, choral foundations must wait 5 years before applying for another.  Click here for more information.

Small Revenue Grants (up to £5,000)

Exclusively for the benefit of cathedral choristers and intended for specific projects, such as voice/instrument training and recruitment/outreach.  Having received a Small Revenue Grant, choral foundations must wait 3 years before applying for another.  Click here for more information.

Chorister-Hardship Grants

To support individual choristers whose families are in challenging financial circumstances.  Click here for more information.

Tony Harvey Award

One award annually to support a specific male choral scholar at an English cathedral.  Click here for more information.

 

Diamond Fund for Choristers

FCM’s Diamond Fund for Choristers (DFC) works alongside choral foundations to help raise funds from other sources. FCM/DFC is interested in hearing about funding needs specifically for the benefit of choristers, which have not been included in this year’s grant applications or have not previously been accepted for funding. Click here for more information.

  • It is because of the support given by FCM that Peter Wright and those who work with him are able to achieve such very high standards.

    Southwark Cathedral
  • Would you kindly pass on our appreciation and thanks for the generous grant, which will make a significant contribution in sustaining the musical tradition.

    Brecon Cathedral
  • This is timely help when it is much needed and will be a tangible reminder of your diamond anniversary award.

    Please pass warm appreciation to your Trustees for their generosity and the lasting benefit it will have for the Choral Foundation at Winchester Cathedral

    Winchester Cathedral
  • This grant will help us to keep our magnificent choir enriching the lives of worshippers and visitors alike.

    Guildford Cathedral
  • We have been hugely grateful to FCM for their support of our choral music tradition here at Ely over so many years

    Ely Cathedral
  • The Trustees are delighted with the award. It will make a huge difference to the future of our choristers.

    Wells Cathedral
  • You probably will have gathered that we are not even ‘hand to mouth’ and the gift from the Friends of Cathedral Music will make an enormous difference.

    St Michaels', Cornhill
  • Your organisation truly is a friend to cathedral music and the children who give of their time to provide it.

  • Over the years the FCM Scholarship has helped many boys to experience being a chorister, obtain a fantastic musical education and attend the King’s School. Your grant will mean that the scholarship is fully funded, ensuring that both the current beneficiary and future generations can be part of our shared music tradition…Your sustained endorsement of their talent and dedication is crucial’.

    Gloucester cathedral