Clergy Support Trust is committed to the wellbeing of Anglican clergy and their families. This means that in addition to tackling clergy wellbeing through direct grants to beneficiaries and partner organisations, we can also look preventatively at ways of dealing with issues before they arise.

We are keen to promote research which examines and addresses the underlying issues which affect clergy wellbeing. Clergy Support Trust therefore invites proposals for research grants in this area.

Priority areas of focus

Particular priority will be given to research projects which identify and seek to address the challenges of ordained Anglican ministry (in the UK and Ireland) in the following areas:

  • Financial wellbeing and financial education/resilience
  • Mental health
  • Family and other relationships

Research grants criteria

  • Research proposals should have full ethical approval and have the potential of making a demonstrable impact (particularly through scalability) on the wellbeing of Anglican clergy and their families (ie what is the ‘Theory of Change’?).
  • Research objectives must be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound).
  • Research costs must be set out in detail, with alternative sources of funding (if any) disclosed.
  • Applications should include a proposed funding timetable. Payments will likely be made on a quarterly basis subject to outcomes.
  • Clergy Support Trust will not normally give research grants of more than £15,000.
  • Clergy Support Trust should be acknowledged as a research funder and should have full rights over research results.


Interested organisations and individuals should follow the following steps:

  1. Contact us in the first instance (020 7799 3696 or to discuss your idea, perhaps sending us a 1-page summary.
  2. We will provide you with feedback, and will send you a grant application template if we see potential.
  3. In 2019/2020, full grant applications should reach us by one of the following dates:
    • 31 December 2019
    • 31 March 2020
    • 30 May 2020
    • 30 September 2020
    • 31 December 2020
  4. We hope to respond with a definitive decision within a month.