Funders & Sponsors

How is the Courthouse funded?

Most arts organisations rely on a combination of earned income and grants from Central Government, Local Government, private donations and charitable trusts.
The Courthouse is unusual in that each year we need to generate over 85% of our own income – a very high percentage  for an arts organisation and a tribute to the hard work our staff and volunteers put in week in and week out.
We are proud to be key clients of Leeds City Council’s arts department, arts@leeds, and the subsidy they are able to give us makes a huge difference.

Our Funders and Sponsors:

The transformation of the building was made possible by generous support from:
Yorkshire Forward, Leeds City Council, Big Lottery Fund, Otley Town Partnership, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Countryside Agency, The Foyle Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Otley Town Council,The Kenneth Hargreaves Trust, Sir George Martin Trust, SEED Programme, Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund, Earl of Harewood’s Charitable Settlement, The Yorkshire Bank Charitable Trust, The Emmandjay Charitable Trust, D’Oyly Carte Trust, Beatrice Laing Trust, A & S Burton Charitable Trust, and Otley Community Council.

Since opening The Courthouse has been grateful for support from Leeds City Council; Arts Council England; Lloyds TSB Foundation of England and Wales; Otley Town Council; North West Area Management Team; Otley Victorian Fayre and Otley Carnival. Leeds Inspired.

Numerous local businesses have supported our projects and activities and we are constantly seeking to work with new companies.


Otley Courthouse is a unique development run by people in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period we transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique arts and resource centre for our community.

Find out about the history of Otley Courthouse by visiting the Heritage section of our website.


In May 2018 Europe's data protection rules will undergo their largest overhaul in 20 years. As part of our commitment towards data protection we have updated out Privacy Policy which can be viewed here.


Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire LS21 3AN

Telephone: 01943 467466 email:

Donate now

Heritage Lottery fund logo