Our financial support grants are designed to help in times of financial difficulty. Eligible households are able to apply for a financial support grant once every 12 months.
To qualify for one of these grants, we require information about your household income (including benefits) and assets, who lives with you, and your housing costs. We then compare your disposable income to a clergy-adapted version of the Minimum Income Standard, which is determined each year by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to determine if you are eligible for a grant.
Please read the categories below (click + to expand) and if none of the categories below appears to fit your financial need, please consider applying for a general living expenses grant.
Check you are eligible to apply first, before completing an application form. If you have any queries, please call our grants team in confidence on 0800 389 5192, email@example.com or contact form.
Grants are available for a car deposit up to £3,000 (this includes leasing vehicles via the Motability Scheme). We would advise you to apply to us before committing to finance a new or second-hand car, as your application may not meet our Minimum Income Standard benchmarking.
Please include two quotations of the type of car you are looking to buy and how you intend to fund any remaining finance on the car.
If you wish to apply for a grant under £500 for car repairs, you can do so quickly through our emergency grants.
Or, if you think you may qualify through low income for a financial support grant, we can fund up to £1,500 towards car repairs. However, we cannot help with repairs due to road accidents as we would expect insurance to cover this. We can consider help towards the costs of MOTs and service-related costs.
If you are in the process of separation or divorce and are in full or part-time ministry / work, we may be able to consider a grant towards the cost of childcare, for a transitional period of two years only. The maximum grant available is £3,000 per year.
It is likely that we would support the parent or care with whom the child or children have primary residency, and that the individuals concerned would be in receipt of all relevant child-related benefits.
Please check that you are receiving all government funded-childcare before you apply (up to 30 hours per week or 1,140 hours per year), for children between 3 and 4 years old.
We are able to consider funeral costs for a spouse or civil partner or child (under the age of 18). Please provide us with essential costs only (ie not including catering or wake costs).
We appreciate that applications are likely to be retrospective in nature and we can consider applications if payment has already been made, within a reasonable timeframe.
Please provide copies of invoices / evidence of payment made as part of your application.
We are unable to fund funeral costs for extended family (eg parents/aunts/uncles/siblings/adult children of serving clergy) unless the deceased extended family member was an ordained Anglican minister.
You can also apply for funeral costs under Emergency grants. This is a simpler application process where fewer questions are asked and decisions and payments are quicker; however these grants are limited to £500
We are able to fund some essential items of furniture (new or second hand), eg beds, sofas, bedroom furniture, chairs, carpets/flooring etc. for applicants in crisis and need (eg as a result of separation or divorce, escaping domestic abuse, single parents, setting up home since becoming homeless, additional furniture required upon first purchased property for retirees, downsizing etc.
Please provide details and prices (quotations where possible) for the goods which you wish to purchase. Our maximum grant is £2,000.
We will ask if you have contacted your diocese, landlord, housing association or local authority for help in the first instance (especially when asking for carpets/flooring etc).
Please do not buy furniture in advance of applying to us, as there is no guarantee you will qualify for a grant. However, if the situation or need was a genuine crisis, we may consider a grant towards furniture already purchased.
We are unable to fund or replace furniture due to wear and tear where there is no genuine need or crisis situation.
You can also apply for Furniture under Emergency grants. This is a simpler application process where fewer questions are asked and decisions and payments are quicker; however these grants are limited to £500.
General living expenses
If you are just struggling financially and need a bit of breathing space, you can apply for a general living expenses grant.
Please tell us about your situation within your application and how this grant may help you and your family.
If you are approaching retirement (within the next five years) and are looking to purchase your first property, we can consider a contribution towards legal fees (up to £2,000). Retirement will be assumed to be at 70 years unless retirement is early on health grounds.
If you are a non-clergy partner (of any age) in the process of divorce, we may be able to support you with a grant towards legal fees, up to a maximum £3,000.
If you are serving clergy moving to a new diocese, we would expect you to approach your diocese for help with moving costs in the first instance. It is unlikely we would help with moving costs in these circumstances.
If you are retired, a widow/er or ex-spouse/civil partner of clergy, we may be able to contribute towards moving costs. You may wish to contact your diocese, if appropriate, for help too. Where possible, please provide at least two quotations as part of your application.
If you are physically unable to pack for your move (due to age or disability), we will consider additional costs of a packing service.
We can only consider property maintenance grants for residing owner occupiers. Retired clergy living in CHARM properties can also apply.
We will prioritise help where there is a specific impact on health and safety, eg where there is a medical / long-term condition within the household.
We can consider contributions towards the cost of boiler repairs or replacements, help with damp issues, new flooring, roof repairs, window replacements etc, up to a maximum of £3,000 and on the condition that you are able to fund any remaining cost.
Please provide us with at least two quotations for any proposed works and how this is impacting on your health and safety. Please ensure you take references and check reviews on any suppliers you intend to work with (Check-a-Trade / Trust-a-Trader) etc.
We are unable to consider property maintenance grants towards any non-residing/investment rental properties or tied clergy housing.
If you are living in private rented accommodation, always check with letting agents / landlords for any property-related repairs that need attention. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider help towards property maintenance costs for you.
If you live in tied clergy housing, grants are available towards gardening and heating costs, up to £500 under emergency grants.
We may be able to offer grants for advance of rents, if you are in immediate need to move, such as:
- A crisis situation, such as domestic abuse.
- Marriage or relationship breakdown,
- Moving to be closer to friends/family to help with caring responsibilities or increase social network.
We would encourage you to use a letting agency registered with one of the following:
- National Approved Lettings Scheme
- Association of Residential Letting Agents
- National Association of Estate Agents
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA) / National Landlords Association
We would also request that:
- Any proposed future property is affordable for you long-term (ie projected income / housing benefit and monthly budgeted costs). Also consider additional increases in rent, commuting costs, any service charges / ground rent due.
- Any rent deposits must be held in one of the three deposit holding schemes which are regulated by the government: Deposit Protection Service (DPS), MyDeposits, or the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). There are separate deposits schemes for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- If you have little or no furniture, consider a furnished property.
- Ensure you have a signed tenancy agreement in place.
- Where possible, avoid paying a retainer / holding deposit on a property before a grant has been approved. However, we appreciate you may need to secure a home quickly, if you are in a crisis situation. We are therefore able to consider a retrospective application in these circumstances. Where possible, please provide a letter of support from a Bishop's Visitor or equivalent.
It is unlikely we would be able to support applications where income is insufficient to meet housing costs in the long-term.
We will normally agree to fund up to £2,000 for an initial deposit, first month’s rent and any additional costs towards the move. We are also able to consider moving costs, so please provide two quotes for this.
If you have received a previous rental deposit grant from us, and you decide to move again, we will take into account the previous grant you received.
Please note that you can apply for one of the above grant categories through a financial support grant application (you choose the category applied for).
Our financial support grants are means-tested against an externally-validated benchmark, the Minimum Income Standard, which (in the case of clergy for whom housing is provided) we adjust for housing costs. At present, single stipendiary clergy for whom housing is provided are unlikely to qualify for a financial support grant if their net disposable income exceeds around £12,500. Similarly a couple where one person is stipendiary clergy may not meet our criteria where total net disposable income for the household exceeds around £21,000. But please do consider applying for our wellbeing and emergency grants which are not means-tested.
If you have any queries, or you are self-supporting (non-stipendiary) or retired clergy, please call our grants team in confidence on 0800 389 5192 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org