It is our hope that, as ministers grow and develop in their ministry and discipleship, they will identify the training and development opportunities they need. The grants we offer are intended to enable clergy and readers to make the most of these opportunities. All grants are discretionary, but please do apply and we will always seek to support you in this way if we can.
Clergy and Reader CMD Grant
A discretionary grant of £150 may be applied for per calendar year for courses and events which offer training and development. This applies to licensed clergy (who have been ordained 7 years or less) and Readers. Clergy who have been ordained 8 or more years may claim up to £250 per calendar year.
Academic Study Grant
A discretionary grant of £250 may be applied for per calendar year for ongoing academic study. An additional £80 may also be claimed towards books related to your course of study (you will need to email receipts). If you are undertaking a course of academic study, but are only requesting the book grant, please complete the grant form regardless, so that we have a record of your course.
These grants are only available to licensed clergy.
Policies and procedures about sabbaticals are available below.
If the Bishop's Core staff approve a clergy sabbatical, a grant of £700 may be applied for
You may also wish to apply for a Ministry Bursary Award from Ecclesiastical for your sabbatical. Full details can be found here.
The Diocese allows a notional retreat grant of up to £120 per calendar year for each licensed minister. To go on retreat, take time out from ordinary life and spend time with God. To apply, please complete and return Retreat Grant form.