Our emergency grants are designed to help in times of unforeseen crises or unexpected costs.  These grants are smaller in value (usually up to £500) and decisions and payments can be made more quickly than for financial support grants. Please read the categories below (click + to expand) .

If you are eligible to apply for emergency grants, you may apply for up to two emergency grants per household in each 12 month period. Once we have received your completed application and we have checked your eligibility, we hope to make a decision within five working days.

Check you are eligible to apply first, before completing an application form. You can also contact our grants team on 0800 389 5192, grants@clergysupport.org.uk or contact form.

Check your Eligibility

Appliances

We are able to fund the replacement of household appliances, eg cooker, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, hob, microwave, oven, tumble dryer, washing machine etc, up to a maximum of £500.

Clothing

In certain circumstances, we are able to consider a grant of up to £500 for clothing:

  • New clerical robes
  • Where individuals may have fled domestic abuse
  • Dramatic change in weight
  • Households who are simply struggling to afford to buy new clothes

Curacy grant

For those who have just been ordained and are waiting for their first curacy post, subject to a maximum of £500.

Funeral costs

If you are looking for a small contribution towards funeral costs, we can consider a grant of up to £500 for a spouse, civil partner or child (under the age of 18).  

Funeral costs are unavailable for extended family (eg parents / aunts / uncles / siblings / adult children of serving clergy) unless the deceased extended family member was an ordained Anglican minister).

If you want to apply for a larger funeral grant, please check you are eligible to apply for one of our financial support grants.

Furniture

We are able to offer grants towards essential items of furniture, up to £500, eg beds, sofas, bedroom furniture, chairs, carpets / flooring for applicants in crisis and need (eg as a result of separation/divorce, escaping domestic abuse, single parents, setting up home since becoming homeless, additional furniture required upon first purchased property for retirees, downsizing etc).

Gardening costs

If you are living in tied clergy housing and have extensive gardens, you may wish to apply for a grant of up to £500 towards garden maintenance costs.

In addition, those living with a registered disability and in receipt of ill health state benefits (whether in tied housing, rented or owned property) who may need to maintain a garden, may also apply.

General living expenses

Households may apply for a small general living expenses grant of up to £500, as long as the request demonstrably meets our charitable object of relief / prevention of poverty or hardship.

Separation grant

For non-ordained married spouses who have recently separated from their clergy partner and who are in a crisis situation (eg living in a refuge, friend’s house, other family, escaping domestic abuse) etc.

On receipt of a letter (or email) of support from one of the following: Bishop’s Visitor, Broken Rites or diocese, confirming the separation, we are able to consider a one-off emergency payment of up to £1,500.

Any payments will need to be made to an individual bank account. Payments to joint bank accounts will not be made.

Transport

We are able to provide a grant of up to £500 towards transport costs in the event of a short-term unforeseen circumstance, eg costs of attending health appointments, visiting a family member in hospital, in cases of emergency, visiting children through separation and travel costs to a family member’s funeral.

We are not able to pay towards the transport costs associated with everyday ministerial duties.

You can apply for any of the above emergency grant categories through one grant application. When applying, please read the guidance notes to help you ensure you have the necessary information to hand.

If you have any queries, please call our grants team in confidence on 0800 389 5192, grants@clergysupport.org.uk or contact form.

Apply for an Emergency Grant