Grants & Sabbaticals

It is our hope that, as ministers grow and develop in their ministry and discipleship, they will identify the training and development opportunities they need. The grants we offer are intended to enable clergy and readers to make the most of these opportunities. All grants are discretionary, but please do apply and we will always seek to support you in this way if we can.

Clergy and Reader CMD Grant

A discretionary grant of £150 may be applied for per calendar year for courses and events which offer training and development. This applies to licensed clergy (who have been ordained 7 years or less) and Readers. Clergy who have been ordained 8 or more years may claim up to £250 per calendar year. Please find the form in the documents list in the box to the right.

Academic Study Grant

A discretionary grant of £250 may be applied for per calendar year for ongoing academic study. An additional £80 may also be claimed towards books related to your course of study (you will need to email receipts). If you are undertaking a course of academic study, but are only requesting the book grant, please complete the grant form regardless, so that we have a record of your course.

These grants are only available to licensed clergy. Please find the form in the documents list in the box to the right.

Sabbatical

Policies and procedures about sabbaticals are available in the documents list. If the Bishop's Core staff approve a clergy sabbatical, a grant of £600 may be applied for.

You may also wish to apply for a Ministry Bursary Award from Ecclesiastical for your sabbatical.  Full details can be found at http://www.ecclesiastical.com/churchmatters/news-and-faqs/newsletters/mba-awards/index.aspx