Can we support your household's wellbeing with a wellbeing grant?

Many of these are available without means-testing or providing detailed financial information. We do ask that you tell us about any savings you have over £16,000 if you are a property owner, or £200,000 if you do not have a property.

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Wellbeing grants

In addition to our wellbeing support, if you are eligible, you may receive one wellbeing grant per calendar year, per household. In some circumstances, such as booking holidays in advance, we can accept an early second application, as long as your request does not exceed more than one wellbeing grant per calendar year.

If you have any queries or would like to talk through your application, you can call our grants team confidentially on 0800 389 5192 or email us on grants@clergysupport.org.uk.

Please take a look at our range of wellbeing grants below. We are only able to consider one wellbeing category per application, per calendar year (eg, holiday or gym membership).

Rest and recuperation

Taking time to recharge is essential to help you and your family thrive.

Holidays

We recognise the need for clergy and their families to spend quality time outside of the parish. We can often help with the cost of an annual family holiday.

Retirees, separated spouses/civil partners and widow(er)s are also very welcome to apply towards the cost of a holiday.
When making an application we would be grateful if you could provide the details of the holiday you wish to take in the form of at least two quotes.

We are normally able to consider funding up to £500 for an adult and £300 for a child up to the age of 18, up to a maximum cost of £2,000.  If your quotes are over and above the maximum grant level, we will ensure that you are able to fund the difference (eg we are unable to fund holidays over our maximum limits that may incur debts to clergy families).

For single people, we will consider a holiday grant of £750 due to the additional cost of single supplements. This also applies to a single parent going away with their children for a holiday.

If you are a permanent wheelchair user, and/or require a carer to accompany a family member on holiday, please consider applying under ‘respite breaks’.  We appreciate that such breaks can result in additional costs in finding suitable disabled facilities. If you are eligible to apply under ‘respite breaks’, we can consider funding up to £3,000.

We ask please that you make your own arrangements for travel insurance.

We are also unable to provide funding for holidays which you have already taken.

Retreats

Grants are available towards the cost of a wellbeing or spiritual retreat for clergy (stipendiary or self-supporting) and retired clergy. We can also help couples and families to take a retreat together.

We are normally able to consider funding up to £500 for an adult and £300 for a child up to the age of 18, up to a maximum cost of £2,000.

We appreciate that sometimes booking a retreat as a single person can be more expensive, if this happens then we can provide funding up to £750.

If you are a permanent wheelchair user, and/or require a carer to accompany a family member on holiday, please consider applying under ‘respite breaks’.  We appreciate that such breaks can result in additional costs in finding suitable disabled facilities. If you are eligible to apply under ‘respite breaks’, we can consider funding up to £3,000.

We are unable to consider funding a retreat which you have already taken.

Respite breaks

Specifically for carers and their families where there are high level care needs in the household (eg, in receipt of carers allowance, or in receipt of higher level DLA/PIP).  These grants are available for single households, couples or larger families.  We will consider associated costs of a break away, depending on your needs, with maximum grants available up to £3,000.

Respite breaks can be any of the following:

When making an application we would be grateful if you could provide the details of the break you wish to take in the form of at least one quote.

Consider contacting your local authority to enquire about funding for respite care for either the carer or the person being cared for. Carer’s should have an NHS carer’s assessment and the cared for should have an NHS needs assessment.

Consider looking at our support for carer’s and young carer’s under our Wellbeing Support below.

Sabbaticals

We welcome applications for funding to support a sabbatical, up to £1,000. Do please include details of how you wish to spend your sabbatical in your application. To discuss you circumstances in confidence please contact the grants team by email on grants@clergysupport.org.uk

Please apply in advance of your planned sabbatical.  We cannot consider supporting a sabbatical if you have already completed it.

Keeping active

Activities that can improve your health, enjoyment and social life. This could include bike(s), a gym membership or a past-time/hobby.

Fitness and leisure activities

Exercise and social interaction can help to promote physical health, overall mood, boost immunity, help with sleep and general wellbeing.

We can help with funding activities which promote health, increase social interaction (hobbies) and reduce isolation. This can include things like exercise classes, gym memberships (or online sessions), gym or fitness equipment, evening classes or weight-loss groups.

We are unable to consider funding if you have already committed to join a membership or purchased the equipment. Please provide a quote/estimate or booking form when submitting your application. Grants up to £1,000 are available.

Children and education

From starting a new family to a spouse/partner exploring a new employment opportunity.

First baby

If you are expecting your first child, including adoption, you are very welcome to apply for a grant of £1,000 towards the costs. We would ask you please include a copy of the child’s birth or adoption certificate, within 12 months of their birth or adoption.

Education and skills courses

Adults

For family members over the age of 18 who are living with mental, physical or learning disabilities (in receipt of ill health state benefits) who wish to either:

  • Further your knowledge and skills, in order to increase employment opportunities and independence in future,
  • Or, improve self-esteem, social skills, support networks and integrating into the community.

Grants are also available towards education courses for a range of situations for current or ex-spouses/civil partners or widow(er)s, or former clergy.  The aim must be to expand prospects of future employment. We may also consider funding costs towards equipment for a non-ordained spouse/partner to start a business from home.

If you are training in Anglican Ministry or have left ordained Anglican ministry

Please be advised that education grants cannot be made available for people who have left ordained Anglican ministry in order to pursue another career path. Also, we cannot normally pay for study that is part of ministerial formation, as this is the responsibility of dioceses, unless there is a clear wellbeing issue.

Children

We may be able to help with extra tuition fees for children (18 or under) who may be struggling with their education.

Please ensure you apply for one support category per application.

If you have any queries please call our grants team confidentially on 0800 389 5192 or email grants@clergysupport.org.uk

If you are returning to finish an existing application then please go here. You may also find the Grants FAQ page helpful.