Below are listed trusts which provide grants towards Christian education. Prior to making an application, do fully research the specific criteria and application procedures of the individual trust(s). If you’d like some general advice and guidance about writing a grant proposal, contact Christine Nielsen-Craig.
All Saints Educational Trust
Makes personal grant awards to teachers, intending teachers and students in Religious Studies, Home Economics and related areas.
- first degree or diploma students of Religious Education
- students on a programme of study carrying or leading to UK ‘Qualified Teacher Status’, such as PGC(D)E
- applicants with a church connection
- applicants who can supply a reference from a priest or minister of religion
- serving teachers who want to gain further qualifications relevant to advancement within the education profession
- students pursuing second or higher degrees who are planning a career in training teachers
Awaiting timetable for applications for 2018.
Culham St Gabriel’s
Culham St Gabriel’s is an endowed charitable trust dedicated to educational work in support of religious education (RE).
- Religious Education as a school curriculum subject
- Spiritual and moral development as a whole-school responsibility
For all individual applications, the next application deadline is 22nd September 2017. Subsequent deadlines are 9th February 2018, 11th May 2018 and 19th September 2018.
The Foundation of St Matthias
The Foundation’s primary objective is the advancement of education in the Dioceses of Bath & Wells, Bristol and Gloucester, with a preference for higher and further education; such education contributing to the advancement of the Church of England.
- The education and training of persons who are, or intend to become, engaged in social welfare work as social workers, community workers, youth workers, teachers, supervisors or pre-school groups or otherwise;
- The education and training of persons intending to become ministers of the Church of England or of a Church in communion therewith;
- The study of music or other arts subject to the main object of the charity
Applications should reach the Foundation of St Matthias by 31st May (for consideration in July) or 30th September (for consideration in November).
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 for those training for ordination or mission, or clergy who wish to improve their own qualifications, unless they are also involved in teaching in schools. Awards are not given for follow-up Masters degrees.
John James Charitable Trust
The John James Trust exists to promote education in the Christian faith amongst children and young people; support people in training for Christian ministry; relieve poverty and distress created by sudden or unexpected circumstances pursue; any other charitable purpose consistent with those expressed before.
The trustees meet every three months to consider applications and if grants are awarded they are generally paid in March and September.
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.
Sarum St Michael Educational Charity
Aim is to advance the work in education originally done by the college. The charity makes grants to individuals ineligible for student loans to help them pursue their further education. Eligible applicants must live or study (including by distance learning) in the Diocese of Salisbury or one of its adjacent dioceses (Bath & Wells, Bristol, Exeter, Oxford and Winchester).
Those doing second degrees and postgraduate studies may apply. Grants may be given towards the costs of a dissertation and for books. An increasing number of first degree courses lead to master’s degrees: the Charity prefers applications for master’s degrees that follow a first degree.
Vocational courses – the Charity will consider the proposed course of study and how it will help the applicant pursue his or her career and in the service of others.
Governors meet four or five times a year to consider grant applications. Please check the website for forthcoming dates.
St Christopher’s Educational Trust
The St Christopher’s Educational Trust aims to promote religious education in accordance with the principles of the Church of England. The Trustees currently wish to support new ways of providing Christian formation and education. Individuals may apply for grants for projects designed to support academic and/or practical studies leading to better practice in Christian education and formation.
- informal education opportunities for young people
- teaching and learning about Christianity
- education for adult discipleship
The Trustees meet to consider grants in May and November and applications should be submitted by 1 April or 1 October respectively.
St Hild & St Bede Trust
Telephone: 01388 601627
A diocesan Trust, independent of College that historically provides funding for the College Chaplain; annual Theology Scholarships, Organ Scholarships and a Director and Assistant Director of Music.
Applications are due by 1 June each year.
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 will normally be considered quarterly, at the meeting of the National Continuing Ministerial Development Panel. Meetings take place quarterly usually in February, April, July and September. However, meeting dates are subject to change. Applications will be considered at the first available meeting.
The Church of England Year Book has a list of grant-making bodies (under Organisations), not all of which will contribute to education purposes but instead give grants through diocesan bishops for other needs.
Grant-making bodies listed in the CoE Year Book include:
- Bristol Clerical Education Society
- Church of England Clergy Stipend Trust
- Church Pastoral Aid Society Ministers in Training Fund
- Cleaver Ordination Candidates’ Fund
- Elland Society Ordination Fund
- Newton’s Trust
- Ordination Candidates Funds (General)
- Pilgrim Trust
- Queen Victoria Clergy Fund
- Revd Dr George Richards’ Charity
- St Aidan’s College Charity
- St George’s Trust