Information about Learning Grants

The Diocese operates a number of grant schemes to support parishes in their ministry. The Diocese also produces a fortnightly mailing summarising new grant opportunities as they become aware of them.

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Ongoing Ministerial Development (OMD) Grants

listeningOMD Grants of £225 per annum for clergy and stipendiary lay ministers towards the cost of an annual retreat and a OMD event provided beyond the Diocese.

Sabbatical grants of £825 for three months OR £400 for a shorter period of between a month and three months which include the annual OMD grant. The maximum number of grants is relative to the equivalent of 6 x £825 grants.

Four postgraduate study grants of £750 per year subject to Episcopal approval.

Complete online application 

or if you would prefer you could download an application form complete and return to us. Download Grant Application Form


Grants for Godly Play

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Grants of up to £400 for Godly Play resources are available for churches (of all denominations) in the Diocese of Sheffield who are developing, or wanting to develop, a Godly Play ministry. All are encouraged to apply, but priority will be given to churches doing some work with schools or community outreach. 

Grants of £150 for individuals living in the Diocese of Sheffield to attend accredited training are also available.

These grants are available on a rolling basis.

 For further details and an application form please email Kathryn Lord

Grantmaking Bodies for Christian Education

In order to be effective in applying for grants it is important to read the criteria well, choosing the appropriate fund for your needs.  Take time completing the application form providing as much informationas necessary to make the decision easier for those administering the fund.  

Whirlow Sprituality Centre

Whirlow Grange Ltd is the Charitable Company that is in partnership with All Saints, Ecclesall, Sheffield to operate the Whirlow Spirituality Centre.

Each year the Directors, taking account of the financial resources available to them, will set aside a part of the Charity’s income to make grants to individuals and corporate bodies for religious and educational purposes primarily in the field of Christian Spirituality and, from time to time as the Directors see fit, in other areas of Christian life.

Download Application Form

 020 7799 3696  

Sheffield Church Burgesses Educational Foundation

This Trust was a Queen’s gift to Sheffield in the sixteenth century, set up to serve the spiritual and practical needs of the people of Sheffield. Today it is active in promoting and supporting effective responses to the challenges of the twenty first century.  

The Burgesses are willing to consider ministry applications for limited periods of time for the following purposes:-

  1. training for Ministry and training in Ministry. 
  2. staffing newly established parishes or districts. eg. a new daughter Church.
  3. staffing new work that extends the ministry and mission of the parishes e.g. Missioners, Youth Workers, Evangelists, Community Workers and the like.
  4. the employment of e.g. chaplains or lay workers outside the Parish network, and undertaking non parochial assignments.


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  0114 267 5588 or write to:

Mr G J Smallman, The Law Clerk, Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust, 3rd Floor, Fountain Precinct, Balm Green, Sheffield, S1 2JA

Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust

Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust is an ecumenical charity that offers several grants each year towards vocational training for those considering preaching. Grants can be used towards course fees and materials for any recognised course that enables the applicant to explore or develop their preaching skills. This may include ‘gap year’ style courses as well as continuing professional development courses.

 01923 231811

Sons and Friends of the Clergy

Grants are considered towards:

  • Book grants for ordinands
  • Sabbaticals 
  • Retreat costs 

...and many other categories

Registrar: The Right Reverend G P Knowles CVO 

 Contact: or write to 1 Dean Trench Street, London SW1P 3HB

Telephone: 020 7799 3696  

St Boniface Trust 

The Trust is a small charity established to advance the Christian Religion in accordance with the principles of the Anglican faith in all parts of the world, especially for the provision of education and training of clergy and lay people by the award of scholarships and maintenance allowance or any purpose concerning their spiritual or temporal welfare. 

 Secretary: Mr David Prior, 4 Cley View, Warminster, Wilts, BA12 8NS, 01985 216904. 


Association of Church College Trusts

The Association of Church College Trusts (ACCT) was formed in 1979, as a loosely-knit organisation of autonomous trusts. Although all the Trusts have some involvement with RE and church-related education, each has a different emphasis and some have additional priorities. Many Trusts focus on projects in their own geographical location. or write to Dr Mark Chater, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN

All Saints Educational Trust

Personal awards to teachers, intending teachers and students in dietetics. School pupils, students in counselling, ordination, social work, engineering, law or medicine.

 020 7256 9360

The Priscilla Trust

A family charity trust which makes available a cottage in the Dordogne for full time clergy undertaking sabbaticals and their families. The accommodation is free and guests are often met on site by the owners and welcomed personally.

For prospectus, application form and details of available dates please send an A4 SAE to: 

The Revd David Gerrish. Scribbage House, Herbert Place, Weymouth  DT4 8LR

 01305 789 319

The Priscilla Trust, 45 Ashley Gardens, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QF

 020 7828 8427

Culham St Gabriel’s

Culham St Gabriel’s is an endowed charitable trust dedicated to educational work in support of religious education (RE). We are committed to excellence in religious education for all learners.

 01865 284885

Hockerill Educational Foundation

Personal awards are made to teachers, intending teachers and others in further or higher education, with a priority to the teaching of RE. No awards to those training for ordination, mission, social work or counselling, or to children at school.

St Luke’s College Foundation

The Foundation’s object is the advancement of further and higher education in religious education and theology. Grants are awarded to individuals for research and taught postgraduate qualifications in these fields; and to eligible organisations for related initiatives and facilities.

 01822 613143

St Christopher’s Educational Trust

Individuals may apply for grants for projects designed to support academic and/or practical studies leading to better practice in Christian education and formation.

 see the ACCT website

Torchbearer Trust

Which students can apply?: People engaged in full-time Christian instruction or training. Preference is given to students and former students of Torchbearer Bible schools.  Usually grants of up to £200.

Typical Grants:  One-off grants and bursaries according to need.

How to apply: In writing to the correspondent.

Correspondent: The Secretary, Capernwray Hall, Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 IAG

 01524 7363908;;

Mission Trust Fund

Makes grants to support projects that further the Church’s mission.

Dr Martin Heath (Mission Grants Administrator), Mission and Public Affairs Council, Church House, Westminster. SW1P 3NZ

 020 7898 1469 

Ecclesiastical Insurance Ministry Bursary Awards

The Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Awards have helped hundreds of ministers to finance their extended study leave. In fact since being established in 1987, Ecclesiastical’s centenary year, over 1,000 members of the clergy have now received awards for a wide range of extended leave projects and plans supporting their ministerial development.  Must have served 10 years as full-time stipendiary in Christian church, clerical or lay excluding dignitaries.

Ecclesiastical’s Ministry Bursary Awards for sabbaticals taking place in this year are open for applications until 30 September. Judging of the applications will take place in November and awards will be made during December.

 Maggie Vinson, Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester   GL1 1JZ

 08457 773322 

Download Application Form

Women’s CME Trust WCMET

For Continuing Ministerial Education - the three Trusts formerly known as the Central Deaconess House Trust Fund, the St Andrews House Fund and the Church of England Deaconess Fund have now been amalgamated, and are governed by a scheme known as the Women’s Continuing Ministerial Education Trust.

The object of the WCMET is to further the Continuing Ministerial Education of women in the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church by means of grants to ordained women, female Accredited Lay Workers (including Church Army sisters) and religious sisters (lay or ordained) who, in the opinion of the Trustees, are in need of financial assistance.

The Trustees’ policy is to assist their work and professional ministry in areas that go beyond normal diocesan financial responsibilities or where normal diocesan resources are insufficient, for example in-service training, academic study, sabbaticals and travel.

Applications should be made on the form provided below. Applications will normally be considered quarterly, at the end of: March, June, September and December. 

 WCMET, Ministry Division, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ  

WCMET application form

Notes on completing the application form

Letter to endorsing officers


Cleaver Ordination Candidates Fund 

The Cleaver Ordination Candidates Fund exists for the support and encouragement of Anglican ordinands committed to a traditional Catholic understanding of the priesthood and episcopate, and to urge the importance of continuing sound theological learning amongst the clergy. 

The Clerk, Mr John Hanks.

  Email is preferred: or write to Clerk to the Trustees : 50 Thames Street Oxford OX1 1SU 

 Website -

Book Grants for Ordinands Application Form

Additional Curates Society

Giving grants to parishes to help pay costs of curates and encouraging vocations.  or write to Gordon Browning House, 8 Spitfire Road, Birmingham B24 9PB

 0121 382 5533

Lawrence Atwell’s Charity

The Charity assists young people who come from a low-income background to become qualified or equipped to work in their chosen career. 

 Skinners Hall contact details: Skinners Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP

 020 7236 5629 

The Buttle Trust 

  • Grants for students and trainees – this scheme is currently under review. 
  • Small grants – for an item or service which is critical to the well being of a child.
  • School fees grants – to help meet the costs of schooling for children with acute needs that cannot in practice be met with the state education system or where there is a strong need for the child to be found a place in a boarding school.

 Audley House, 13 Palace Street, London SW1E 5HS – 020 7828 7311 –


Sir Henry Stephenson Endowment Trust

Charitable Objects

In the award of a Fellowship to be called the "Sir Henry Stephenson Fellowship" tenable at the University of Sheffield by a person who is:-

  1. An actual communicant member of the Church of England (with a preference for a person who is or intends to be in holy orders in the said church), and
  2. A graduate of a university in the British Isles or of some other university approved

for that purpose by the trustees; and subject thereto:

  • In the award of grants or bursaries to persons studying for holy order in the Church of England (with a preference for those who are graduates of the University of Sheffield);
  • In the promotion of religious education in accordance with the doctrines of the Church of England for the benefit of students attending the University of Sheffield"

 Planning And Governance Services, University Of Sheffield, Edgar Allen House, 241 Glossop Road,

 0114 222 1208

Diocese of Sheffield logoDiocesan Grants

There are a number of other diocesan 'funds' you may apply to, and it is not necessary to specify which the application is for, the Grants Committee will match with what is appropriate.  All applications must give a clear explanation of what is proposed and provide detailed costs and budgets.  The project must:

  • be relevant to the work of the Church in the Diocese, in particular the Diocesan Vision and Strategy
  • be linked to your Mission Action Plan
  • ensure any supplementary questions have been answered in such a way as to convince the grant-making group that you have a fair chance of delivering your project competently
  • establish a plausible route by which your proposal could result in the growth of the church
  • answer all questions on the form in such a way as to give a clear and full picture of your intentions
  • if this is your intention, indicate how will the project continue in the future

Grant applications are considered by the Grants Committee.  Applications should be sent to the Grants Committee Secretary to arrive at least one week before the committee is due to meet.

The committee usuallly meets 3 times a year in March, June and October. 

Please note we introduced revised Application forms for general grants in 2016. Please use the new forms which can be downloaded here.

Application form (PDF)Guidance notes


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