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We support the Cathedral by making grants towards specific activities and projects. The Friends have given in excess of £1.5 million to the Cathedral since 2009.

Pie chart showing grants awarded by the Friends in 2018 and 2019

Most of our grants are for fabric projects (works that support the Cathedral building and grounds) and to support the Cathedral choirs. In recent years the Friends has been the Cathedral's biggest donor, after the Heritage Lottery Fund. Grants from the Friends can be the trigger for other grants, e.g. match funding, and we are also in a position to support projects which do not attract other funders

We were proud to be the first and last funders of Project Pilgrim Phase 1, including the Lady Chapel Conservation


Every year we give a substantial sum to help fund the music that supports daily worship. We sponsor both boy and girl choristers, a choral scholar and the girl chorister mentor. We also commissioned a new work for the Cathedral choirs, John O'Hara's Gloucester Magnificat, which was premiered at our Friends Day in July 2017. It is available on CD from the Cathedral gift shop. 

Preserving the building

Our role as principal partner means that we support a wide range of projects, both the visible and the invisible. In recent years projects for which we have made grants include:

  • Lady Chapel conversation
  • North Ambulatory conservation
  • War memorial repair and enhancement
  • South Aisle conservation
  • Solar panels
  • Drainage works

Preserving other elements of the Cathedral's history

From time to time we are able to support the preservation of the Cathedral's history in other ways. In 2017 this included the purchase of a historic map for the library.

The Friends is very grateful to all members who have given donations and legacies over the years, which help to make these grants possible

Photo - Souvenir Programme Gloucester MagnificatLady Chapel Gloucester Cathedral, whose conservation we supported with a grant of £36,237 in 2017Cathedral stonemasons working on the North AmbulatoryThe Dean blessing the new solar panels on the Gloucester Cathedral nave roof, installed in 2016 with £56,000 contribution from FOGC


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