Conservation Grants

Our grants are available to ecclesiastic and other public buildings exclusively for the conservation of historic and/or artistically significant stained and architectural glass. The Grants are made by The Glaziers Trust, part of the Company’s charitable foundation, which has two principal objectives:

  • The conservation of historic and/or artistically significant stained and architectural glass.
  • Promoting the craft by supporting the education and training of craftsmen and women in the fields of stained and painted glass, and by fostering public information and awareness.

You can download full details of the material which should accompany an application, together with an application form. Applications will be assessed by an expert panel composed of leading national and international practitioners in the stained glass field. Decisions will be based on the significance of the stained glass, the conservation urgency, and quality and appropriateness of the conservation methodology. Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A condition report authored by a qualified stained glass conservator

We usually dispense grants of up to £6,000. Custodians responsible for the care of large glazing schemes are encouraged to focus their applications on a specific outstanding window that is judged to be in most need of conservation. Applications for grant-funding for multiple windows are unlikely to be successful. We do not fund the restoration of plain glazing. We also do not support work that has already begun, or that has been completed. Conditions of the grant can be found here.

Intending applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Marie Groll ( or 07811 106264), before submitting an application, in order to receive preliminary guidance and support.

The Trust is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of excellence in the craft, and only supports conservation work undertaken by ICON accredited stained glass conservators.

Please note that our expert panel must have details of grant applications some time in advance of their meetings, in order to be able to give them proper consideration. Applications received later than the submission date for each meeting will be held over until the following meeting. The next meeting is on 6 April 2020. Applications must be received by Friday 7 February 2020.

Those awarded a conservation grant in the April and October meetings of the Trust in 2019 are as follows:
£2,000 – Medieval North Window (15 th century), Church of St Hugh, Quethiok, Cornwall; Contractor: Holy Well Glass, Wells.
£2,000 – South Window by Clayton and Bell (19 th century), Church of St Peter and Paul, Algakirk,Lincolnshire; Contractor: Barley Studio, York.
£2,750 – Series of Medieval Panels in the Long Gallery Windows (various dates), Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire; Contractor: York Glaziers Trust, York.
£2,000 – Hardman West Window (20th century), St Matthew, Hull, East Yorkshire; Contractor: Barley Studio, York.
£1,500 – The Swedish Windows (20th century), Coventry Cathedral, West Midlands; Contractor: York Glaziers Trust, York.
£1,500 – The Pricke of Conscience Window (15th century), All Saints North Street, York, North Yorkshire; Contractor: TBA.
£1,500 – A window by Pearson/Jervais (19th century), St Mary the Virgin, Speldhurst, Kent; Contractor: Chapel Studio, Kings Langley.
£1,500 – Three windows by Clayton and Bell (19th century), The Church of St John, Howsham, North Yorkshire; Contractor: Barley Studio, York.
£1,500 – Thomas Willement East Window (19th century), All Saints Church, Wighill, North Yorkshire; Contractor: Barley Studio, York.
£1,500 – Abraham van Linge East Window (17 th century), Church of St Lawrence, Morden, Surrey; Contractor: Holy Well Glass, Wells.

We also award regular annual grants to the following organisations in order to support their ongoing work in the stained glass field:
  • The Stained Glass Museum, Ely
    The only museum in the UK dedicated to stained glass, located within the magnificent Ely Cathedral. The Trust provides the museum with an annual grant in order to assist with running costs and museum activities.
  • The Journal of Stained Glass, British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP)
    Since 1924 the BSMGP have produced a fully illustrated journal to its members covering all aspects of the stained glass craft. A grant is provided by the Trust in order to assist with production costs for the journal.
  • MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management, The University of York
    The only course of its type in the English speaking world, the Trust provides a grant that provides financial support to students studying on this MA.
  • Vidimus, Corpus Vitrearum Great Britain
    The only subscription-free online magazine dedicated to stained glass, the Trust provides a grant in order to assist with running costs, so that the magazine remains free to all.
  • British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP) Touring Conference
    The BSMGP have for many years run an annual touring conference that explores the stained glass of the British Isles in-depth. The Trust provides financial support in order to cover two students to attend.
    All successful applications are also automatically entered into the prestigious Moat Memorial Prize, which promotes and encourages excellence in conservation report-writing. This is awarded annually (in October each year) to the most outstanding application. A small prize of £500 is given to the successful applicant, and the studio who authored the supporting paperwork is permitted to advertise that their report is prize-winning. The award is extremely competitive. Details of past prize winners can be found below:

    Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, West Midlands

    Funds were requested in order to conserve a series of five twentieth-century windows by the Swedish artist Einar Forseth; one of only a handful examples of their type outside of Sweden. The condition report, tender documents, and extended statement of significance, were all authored by international stained glass consultancy, Büro Rauch.

    Church of the Ascension, Whixley, North Yorkshire

    Funds were requested in order to conserve the mid nineteenth-century east windows of the north and south nave aisles (nIV and sIV). The windows were by nineteenth-century York stained glass firm Hodgson of York, who were commonly employed to repair and install many of Belgian stained glass artist Jean-Baptiste Capronnier’s (1814-1891) windows. The condition report, authored by Alison Gilchrist ACR, was undertaken by Barley Studio, York.