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.
Ongoing Ministerial Development (OMD) Grants
OMD 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.
Grants for Godly Play
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. Individuals must be under the age of 25 and either they or their parents must be permanently resident in the City of Sheffield. The Trustees seek to promote education, including social and physical training, and will consider any reasonable application that fits within that remit.
0114 267 5588
email@example.com 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.
Sons and Friends of the Clergy
Grants are considered towards:
- Book grants for ordinands
- Retreat costs
...and many other categories
Registrar: The Right Reverend G P Knowles CVO
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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: email@example.com or write to Clerk to the Trustees : 50 Thames Street Oxford OX1 1SU
Website - www.cleaver.org.uk
Additional Curates Society
Giving grants to parishes to help pay costs of curates and encouraging vocations.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – email@example.com
Sir Henry Stephenson Endowment Trust
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:-
- 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
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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