Since it was founded, York Civic Trust has provided grants for the purchase, preservation, and embellishment of the ‘minor pleasures of York’, a term coined by a former Trust chairman, John Shannon.

Whether it is the gates and railings besides the City’s West Offices, a Georgian fireplace for the Mansion House, a replacement for a stolen tobacconist’s sign, or plants for a new garden which backs on to the City Walls, the Civic Trust has helped. Provided there is a strong element of public benefit, then the Civic Trust will be sympathetic to a contribution or, where appropriate, act as the fundraiser for the project.

Some of the Trust’s funding is memorable but some is unrecognised.  Grants include gas lamps around York Minster, repairs to the horse trough at Clifton Green, cobblestones at Barley Hall, new curtains for the Theatre Royal, repairs to the Stonegate Devil, gilding of the weather-vane on the Magistrates Court, and the floodlighting of York Minster. Up to 2010 the Trust had fund-raised and donated over 600 grants, totalling well over £1m for projects in York.  Grants in the public realm are considered by our City Enhancement Committee.