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 partner) is not sufficient to support the particular situation of the household. In such circumstances, one-off grants may be available.

All support is provided by our small and friendly team of grants officers and is completely confidential. Please do contact them with any concerns about eligibility on 0800 389 5192 or grants@clergysupport.org.uk.

 

Types of Grant & How to Apply

Financial support grants

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If you are struggling financially, you may wish to apply for a financial support grant. Applications can be made once every twelve months and we will need to consider your household income and composition against our benchmark. 

We are unable to consider applications if you own property and have more than £16k in savings.  If you have savings over £16k but do not own property, you may apply.

Although you don’t need a specific reason to apply, some of our grants have helped previous applicants towards:

  • Holidays or retreats
  • Car maintenance
  • Extra-curricular activities for children (music lessons / school trips)
  • General living expenses
  • Costs resulting from relationship breakdown
  • Furniture, white goods etc.
  • Temporary or long-term illness (see Special Purpose Grants also)

 

We welcome applications if you are one of the following:

  • Serving* or retired Anglican clergy
  • Divorced or separated partners of eligible clergy
  • Widows, widowers and surviving partners of eligible clergy

*Serving means beneficed or licensed clergy (whether stipendiary or self-supporting), or those with Permission to Officiate (PTO).

 

After receiving your application, we will be in touch if we need any further information. Decisions are made monthly, once we have received all relevant information and supporting evidence. We will also let you know when you’re likely to hear an outcome.

We would expect all applicants to have exhausted any welfare benefit provision in the first instance.

Check if you’re eligible

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Contact us: 020 7799 3696  grants@clergysupport.org.uk

Special purpose grants

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Our special purpose grants aim to support specific needs. Applications can be made once every twelve months and we will need to consider your household income and composition against our benchmark. 

We are unable to consider applications if you own property and have more than £16k in savings. If you have savings over £16k but do not own property, you may apply.

We are able to consider help towards:

  • Bereavement support: for Anglican clergy and their widows/widowers towards the costs of their spouse’s/partner’s funeral.
  • Legal fees on buying first property: available for Anglican clergy approaching retirement, purchasing their first property.
  • Relationship and family counselling: we are able to consider help towards supporting you and your relationships. Even if you are single, have recently separated, are dealing with new family dynamics or are finding your current relationship difficult, we may be able to help.
  • Moving costs: we can consider grants towards the costs of moving house (unless moving to a new position where we would expect your new Diocese to cover such costs).   
  • Nursing home fees: limited help can be considered towards nursing or care home care fees, where a shortfall cannot be met by the State, local authority, other relevant charities or family.
  • School fees: we are able to consider applications towards independent school fees where there is a compelling special educational need for a child. We would expect you to have explored or secured a bursary contribution and your application will be reviewed by our Education Advisor. This may include speaking to you and a nominated health professional, such as a psychologist, as well as the Heads of the existing and proposed new school. The new school will need to demonstrate that they can deliver and support the needs of your child.

After receiving your application, we will be in touch if we need any further information. Decisions are made monthly, once we have received all relevant information and supporting evidence. We will also let you know when you’re likely to hear an outcome.

We would expect all applicants to have exhausted any welfare benefit provision in the first instance.

Check if you’re eligible

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Contact us: 020 7799 3696  grants@clergysupport.org.uk

Health Grants

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If you or a member of your household is living with a temporary or long-term health condition (physical or mental), we may be able to help. Applications can be made once every twelve months and we will need to consider your household income and composition against our benchmark. 

We are unable to consider applications if you own property and have more than £16k in savings.  If you have savings over £16k but do not own property, you may apply.

Some of our health grants have helped previous applicants towards:

  • Talking therapies (counselling, psychotherapy etc)
  • Mobility aids and equipment
  • Wheelchairs
  • Electric scooters
  • Wet rooms
  • Stair lifts
  • Physiotherapy

 

We welcome applications if you are one of the following:

  • Serving* or retired Anglican clergy
  • Divorced or separated partners of eligible clergy
  • Widows, widowers and surviving partners of eligible clergy

*Serving means beneficed or licensed clergy (whether stipendiary or self-supporting), or those with Permission to Officiate (PTO).

In the first instance, we would encourage you to contact your Local Health / Social Services as we would not normally fund health treatments available from the state. In exceptional circumstances, we are able to consider funding private treatment, where statutory provision is unreasonable. We would ask to see a letter, as part of your application, from a GP or other relevant health or social care professional, supporting your request for a grant.

If you are applying for a medical expenses grant, we will require you to sign a consent form so our Medical Advisor can review your situation, which may include speaking to your nominated health / social care professional. 

Please contact us for more information if you are thinking of applying for a health grant.

020 7799 3696  grants@clergysupport.org.uk

Debt Support

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If you are worried about your level of household debt (personal, unsecured debts), we may be able to offer some support.

At the very least, we will be able to signpost you to an expert debt advice organisation (regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority), who will look at your individual circumstances and offer tailored advice to your situation.  

In some circumstances, we may be able to consider a grant towards your debts (if you are serving* clergy only). This would be conditional on you accessing expert debt advice. We are only able to help with a debt grant once. We are unable to consider support towards debts that have occurred from:

  • Purchase of a car
  • Purchase, improvement or maintenance of a property
  • Funding children through school or university
  • Student loans
  • Trading or running a business
  • Legal fees
  • Loans from other family members
  • Debts incurred prior to ordination (for whatever reason)

*Serving means beneficed or licensed clergy (whether stipendiary or self-supporting), or those with Permission to Officiate (PTO).

We would also expect any savings or other assets to be used towards reducing your debts before we consider any assistance.

 

Please contact us for more information if you are thinking of applying for debt support.

020 7799 3696  grants@clergysupport.org.uk

Ordinand Grants

Starting in September 2018, the way we support Anglican ordinands training in the UK and Ireland has changed. If you received a grant previously and are still in training then you can continue to apply for a reduced Ordinand Grant for each year of your training.

Health grants for a physical or mental health condition have been expanded to include ordinands and their dependants. See Ordinand Health Grants.

We have also launched an Ordinand Library resource in partnership with SPCK Publishing which includes 1,000+ eBooks available online and via Android and iOS apps.

Who can apply for a grant?

The charity supports the following beneficiary groups:

  • Serving* and retired Anglican clergy and their dependants.
  • Divorced and separated spouses and civil partners of eligible clergy.
  • Widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of eligible clergy.
  • Anglican ordinands training for ministry in the UK or Ireland. 

* 'Serving' means beneficed or licensed clergy (whether stipendiary or self-supporting), or those with Permission to Officiate (PTO).

The relevant clergy must be working in or have worked in:

  • The United Kingdom.
  • The Republic of Ireland.
  • The Diocese of Sodor and Man.
  • The Channel Islands.

We can consider help for Anglican clergy in the Diocese in Europe or who currently work abroad (supported by a UK-based mission agency). However, our help in these cases will be limited to unforeseen crises and not where any structural shortfall in finance or healthcare provision could have been anticipated prior to the posting.