Clergy Support Trust provides a wide range of grants and services to Anglican clergy and their families, across the UK, Ireland, Diocese in Europe and the Diocese of Sodor and Man.
In 2022, we helped more than 2,300 households, including over 1 in every 6 of all serving Church of England clergy. The Trust are independent from the Church, confidential, impartial and inclusive.
Many of our grants are available for households which meet a simple savings and property threshold. We encourage applicants to use our handy Eligibility Checker, to see how may be able to walk alongside them in their lives and ministry.
How we help
We're here for clergy at every stage of their journey, from their initial training to retirement. Ordinands and Curates can access a free online library of over 1,300 titles, and last year we provided almost 300 grants, totalling £257,000, to support retired clergy.
In 2022, we provided over £950k to support clergy with the cost of living, including over £250k to help with energy bills. The crisis continues to be a source of concern and difficulty for hundreds of clergy families.
Time away from the parish is vital for clergy and their families. That's why we also fund holidays, retreats and respite breaks, fitness and leisure or sabbaticals. The Trust also provides help with physical and mental health, including diagnostic tests, counselling and help with insomnia or poor sleep.
Thirty years ago, Mark was in a car accident.
Recently, he reached out to the Trust to see if we could help with a contribution towards a new mobility scooter. We sent an Occupational Therapist to his home in Weston-super-Mare to evaluate the best scooter for his needs, and we were privileged to fund the cost of the mobility scooter in full.
“Now I can go up the beach or do shopping. I can go for walks with my wife again and have fish and chips on the pier. All this would have been impossible before. To anyone considering approaching Clergy Support Trust, I would just say simply do it.”
During 2023, we have provided over £89,000 to support 36 Anglican clergy households with mobility aids and equipment.
The Revd Ben Cahill-Nicholls, Chief Executive:
“At this challenging time, we are helping more people than ever before: ordinands with health needs and an online library, and our wider grants and services programme is supporting clergy at all stages of ministry, and those in retirement.
It is a great privilege to be there for those who do so much in their communities. I encourage clergy and their families to get in touch. My team and I are honoured to be there for those whose days are filled supporting others.”