Most clergy households now have an income equivalent to, or greater than, the average household income in the UK. Access to state benefits has further improved the financial situation of many clergy households. 

However, Clergy Support Trust recognises that there are circumstances where the income of a clergy household (or that of a widowed, divorced or separated clergy spouse or partner) is not sufficient to support the particular situation of the household. In such circumstances, one-off grants may be available.

Update - 24 March 2020

In the light of COVID-19 and Government restrictions brought in on 24 March 2020, we are no longer accepting grant applications for school trips. This is a temporary suspension and will be reviewed regularly in line with Government advice.
If you have already received two emergency grants in the last 12 months, but are struggling financially as a direct result of the current COVID-19 situation, we may be able to consider a further emergency grant for eligible households.
This is a temporary change in our grants criteria, in response to the current situation, and will be reviewed regularly.  As usual, all grant requests are viewed on their own merits and are at the discretion of the charity. 

We do encourage use of the eligibility checker before an application is made so you have a better idea of what is and is not applicable.

All support is provided by our small and friendly team of grants officers and is completely confidential. Please do contact the grants team on 0800 389 5192 or

If you are unable to apply online then you can request a paper application by phone, email or by writing to us at the address below.