Wellbeing grants are for the whole household and are designed to help promote your work/life balance. Households can apply once every 12 months.

These are simpler grants to apply for as you won’t need to provide financial details (except for school fees), though we do ask you to declare you have less than £16,000 in savings if you own property, or £200,000 if you don’t own property.

If you want more information about applying for a wellbeing grant please contact us via our contact form or on 0800 389 5192 or grants@clergysupport.org.uk.

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Education and skills courses

Grants are available for up to £2,000 for education / skills courses for a number of scenarios:

  1. Applicants living with mental, physical or learning disabilities (in receipt of ill health state benefits) who wish to either:
    • Further their knowledge and skills in order to increase their chances of employment in the future.
    • Improve self-esteem, social skills / support networks, integrating into society.  
  2. Current and ex-spouses / civil partners of clergy who wish to attend a skills-based training course, with the aim of expanding prospects of future employment. We may also consider funding costs towards equipment for a non-ordained spouse / partner to start a business from home.
  3. Extra tuition fees for children (18 or under) who may be struggling with their education.

Please note that education grants will be not be made available for applicants 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, this being the prime responsibility of dioceses, unless there is a clear wellbeing issue.

First baby

If you are expecting your first child (including adoption) then you may apply for up to £1,000 towards costs.

Applications would need to include a copy of the birth certificate or appropriate adoption certificate (within 12 months of the birth / adoption).

Fitness and leisure activities

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

You can apply for grants which promote health, increase social activities (hobbies) and reduce isolation, for up to £1,000 per year.

For example, you could apply for:

  • Exercise classes
  • Gym membership
  • Evening classes

Payment will usually be paid directly to the provider, where possible.

Holidays

It is important for clergy to spend quality time outside their parish for rest and time with their family. In addition, retirees, separated spouses / civil partners and widow(er)s may wish to apply towards the cost of a holiday.

Applications towards the cost of an annual holiday will be considered up to £500 per adult and £300 per child, with a total maximum grant of £2,000. In this instance a child may include:

  • under 18 years old
  • dependent children in full-time education
  • adult child dependents (due to ill health)

For single applicants, we will consider a holiday grant of £750 (rather than £500) due to the additional costs of single supplements.  In addition, we will consider £750 for a single parent, going away with their children.

For applicants who require a carer to accompany them on a holiday, we would also consider funding this additional cost (£500 for a carer).

For applicants who are permanent wheelchair users, we understand sourcing holidays which provide suitable disabled facilities can be expensive, so we would consider funding up to the maximum £2,000.

Please note, you would be responsible for purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.

Relationship and family counselling

Help may be available for relationship and family counselling costs, regardless of whether you are currently in a relationship or family structure, and can include counselling needed due to past unhealthy relationships.

Counselling can be for individuals, as a couple, or with other family members such as children, step-children, adopted children etc.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available towards counselling support costs. Where possible, this would be paid to the counsellor directly for a set number of sessions (usually no more than 12), after which, we will review the need and may continue to help towards costs.

If you want to choose your own preferred practitioner, we would require them to be registered with an accredited register as listed on the website of Professional Standards Authority.

Respite breaks

Respite breaks are available for carers and their families where there are high level care needs within the household. 

Applicants may apply if they feel they need:

  • A break from day-to-day routines
  • A chance to enjoy new experiences and meet new people
  • Time to rest and recharge their batteries
  • To maintain friendships
  • Time to pursue personal interests, leisure or cultural activities
  • To improve health and wellbeing
  • Greater independence and self-confidence

Our definition of a carer is:

Someone of any age, who provides unpaid support to a family member, who could not manage without this help due to their age, illness, disability, mental ill health or substance misuse.  Carers may be family members, including children and young people, who live with the person they care for, or who live elsewhere.

Where possible, please provide a quote in relation to your preferred break. We would be able to consider a break up to £2,000.

In addition to the cost of the respite break, we may be able to consider a contribution towards spending money, up to £500. This will be discretionary and may be awarded on the merits of each individual case. We may also consider a grant towards travel insurance, up to £500.

Therefore, applicants are able to apply up to a maximum £3,000 (including spending money and travel insurance costs).

Please note: we would expect the person applying to be in receipt of disability / carer benefits.

Retreats

Grants are available towards the cost of a wellbeing retreat, for singles, couples or families.

We will consider funding up to £500 per adult and £300 per child (under 18 years old), up to a maximum grant of £2,000. In this instance a child may include:

  • under 18 years old
  • dependent children in full-time education
  • adult child dependents (due to ill health)

For single applicants, we will consider a retreat grant of £750 (rather than £500) due to the additional costs of single supplements.  

For applicants who require a carer to accompany them on a retreat, we would also consider funding this additional cost (£500 for a carer).

For applicants who are permanent wheelchair users, we understand sourcing retreats which provide suitable disabled facilities can be expensive, so we would consider funding up to the maximum £2,000.

Where possible, please apply before booking your retreat; although we understand that some retreats are urgently required. Hence we would be able to consider retrospective grants (where retreats have taken place in the last six months).

For those considering a retreat at an organisation already funded by Clergy Support Trust (eg Sheldon or HolyRood), we may only consider funding individual applicants up to 50% of the cost.

Sabbaticals

You can submit an applications towards the cost of a sabbatical, up to £1,000. With your application please supply some information about what you intend to do.

School fees (means tested)

In certain exceptional circumstances, we may be able to provide help towards private school fees / home schooling fees where there is a compelling special educational need for a child to attend an independent school, or be home schooled.

Children should normally be aged 11 years or over, although children under the age of 11 can be considered in exceptional circumstances.

We will consider the following:

  • The child has a specific educational need that the local maintained school cannot provide
  • Medical / health issues affecting the child (or his/her family)
  • The local school being in special measures
  • Bullying
  • A drastic change in the applicant’s circumstances (e.g. loss of job by applicant) where the child is already at independent school (on evidence of the latest school bill).

Support for children at choir schools is no longer provided, alongside children who are deemed ‘gifted and talented’ unless there is a compelling educational need.

All applications will require an Education Psychologist report. We may also be able to consider the costs towards an Educational Psychologist report (approx. £400-£500).

For all cases, an educational needs assessment will be conducted by our Education Advisor, who will provide advice as to whether there is a strong demonstrable special education need (via a home visit or telephone call). A parental preference for private education will not in itself be grounds for our support. In addition, the Education Advisor will require a letter of evidence from the head teacher of the alternative school, that states they can meet the child’s educational needs.

Help will only be considered towards the parent’s contribution, and only after the family have sought help from all other sources, e.g. bursary, family and other organisations etc. We would require any bursary to be already agreed and we would only ever be able to consider up to 50% of the total costs (e.g. if no bursary was available, we would only consider up to 50% of the costs). If a bursary was available at more than 50% of the annual cost, we would be able to consider the full amount remaining (eg school fees of £12,000 with a bursary of 70% would mean £8,400 would be funded.  Our grant could therefore be considered for the full remaining amount of £3,600).  We are moving away from funding 100% of the cost of school fees and encouraging these costs to be secured from other sources of help.

Payments are usually made on a termly basis (August, December and March) and preferably made direct to the school.

Reviews

Recipients of school fees may apply annually for further assistance. If circumstances are unchanged (e.g. bursary % amount is the same and the child is attending the same school as a day pupil or boarder), the grants team may approve a further year’s grant funding.

We would expect applicants to provide details of any increase in fees prior to the start of the new academic year (ideally June/July).   

In some circumstances, we would recommend a referral to our Education Advisor where:  

  • there has been any change in the type of education received (eg a move from day pupil to boarder or vice versa)
  • the child has changed schools throughout the year
  • we have funded a child up to the age of 11 and is due to commence secondary education / new school (likely to require a further education psychologist assessment)
  • the child has reached 6th form age (likely to require a further education psychologist assessment)

Where we fund one child within a family, we would be unable to support siblings with private school fees, unless the meet the criteria stated above.

Please note that you can apply for any of the above wellbeing grant categories through one grant application (you choose the category applied for as part of the application). If you have any queries please call our grants team confidentially on 0800 389 5192 or email us on grants@clergysupport.org.uk

Apply for a Wellbeing Grant

These grant categories are being phased out, and have not been available for new applications since 1 January 2018.

Further and higher education

Dependent children who have received a £500 further or higher education grant prior to 1 January 2018, will continue to receive this until they complete their undergraduate education.

Further and higher education grants and university maintenance grants do not count towards the one wellbeing grant per household in a 12 month period.

Please note: this category has been closed to new applications since 1 January 2018.

University grants

Dependent children who have received a £1,500 university maintenance grant prior to 1 January 2018, will continue until they complete their undergraduate education (i.e. studying for a degree or HND).

University grants and further & higher education grants fall outside of the ‘households are able to apply for one wellbeing grant, in every 12 month period’ rule.

Please note: this category has been closed to new applications since 1 January 2018.