Grants for Clergy
Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Awards
The Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Awards have helped hundreds of ministers to finance their extended study leave. In fact since being established in 1987, Ecclesiastical’ s centenary year, nearly 1,000 members of the clergy have now received awards for a wide range of extended leave projects and plans.
Entries for an award must fulfil the following criteria:
- Awards are open to individual clergy in the Anglican Church in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
- All clergy applying for the awards must be in full-time stipendiary ministry in the Anglican Church and must have been ordained for at least 10 years.
- Applications are also open to church dignitaries – Archdeacons, Bishops and Deans.
- Awards are provided for extended study leave only and not for long term courses such as PhD or university fees (although fees for a course during an extended study leave will be considered).
Entries must be made using the forms provided.
The amount of the individual awards will be judged on the following criteria:
- Value to the individual applicant
- Benefit to the wider church
- Financial support already committed from other sources
- The strength of the endorsement from a Bishop or Archdeacon supporting your plans
Frances Ashton Charity
The Frances Ashton Charity will consider a modest grant for almost any purpose which is causing financial hardship. For example, they could help with:
- The cost of a new pair of glasses
- A respite care break for a disabled family dependent
- The cost of a family holiday
- The cost of repairing a broken boiler
Particular priorities for support include unforeseeable emergencies, medical or care needs for the applicant or their dependants. Whilst the trustees meet formally twice a year, they try to respond to requests as and when received, especially when hardship is immediate. There are a few exceptions where the Charity is unable to help, for example parish expenses or private education.
If you are serving, retired or a widow/widower of a member of the clergy of the Church of England or the Church in Wales and you have a hardship, please ask for an application form and the full guidance notes.
For an application form and guidance please download from their website or contact
Frances Ashton Charity, Beech House, Woolston, Somerset BA22 7BJ
Telephone: 07775 717 606
Josephine Butler Memorial Trust
The Trust aims to support study that links Christian faith and practical social action. As a general rule, the Trust does not make grants towards personal maintenance costs, but only tuition or related study expenses, and therefore support is not usually available for those studying first degrees. As a guide, grants to individuals are usually no more than £500. Details of what they are funding each year and how to apply are shown on the website.
St George’s Trust
The Trust gives grants to Anglican clergy, seminarians and students. The awards are currently worth up to £350. Each year the Trustees set a budget for the total amount that can be awarded and distribution is made until the limit is reached. We therefore encourage application early in the calendar year.
Clergy - The grants for stipendiary clergy are for those taking sabbaticals. For self-supporting clergy (for whom official sabbaticals are rarely given) grants are available for recognised study. The grant will customarily contribute towards travel and accommodation costs involved in study. A brief letter of confirmation from a cleric’s bishop, archdeacon or continuing education office is required to support the application.
Provost Howard Fund
Write: The Precentor, Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry CV1 5AB
This fund gives awards for theological study for understanding and promoting ecumenism and for practical projects on reconciliation and international understanding. Applicants must demonstrate the substantial involvement of other churches. The deadline for applications is June.
St Luke’s College Foundation
Grants are awarded to individuals for research and taught postgraduate qualifications in these fields; and to eligible organisations for related initiatives and facilities. The Foundation does not finance buildings, or provide bursaries for institutions to administer; and it is precluded from the direct support of schools (although it does support teachers who are taking eligible studies). The “Awards” area of this website contains details about the various awards that the Foundation makes and it also explains how to make an application.
Please note that applications can only be made between January and 1st May each year. Grants are made for the following academic year.
Gladstone St Deiniol’s Library
Discounts to clergy and students as well as sabbatical rates and a limited number of scholarships and bursaries for those who wish to research, read or write at St Deiniol’s.