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 to study at Sarum College, 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
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
Visit the website for application deadlines and forms.
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 among 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.
Students and ministry trainees have two opportunities to apply each year with application deadlines of 31 January and 31 May. Other applications can be submitted throughout the year. Details here
Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust
Vocational grants are available to those who need financial assistance in order to enable them to pursue their vocation in ministry, including to those in the early stages of exploring their calling to preach. 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.
Maximum grant awarded towards studies is £1000; for books and resources, it’s £300.
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).
Governors meet four or five times a year to consider grant applications. Please check the website for forthcoming dates.
St Christopher’s Educational Trust
Individuals may apply for grants to support academic and/or practical studies leading to better practice in Christian education and formation among young people.
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.
- Church of England Clergy Stipend Trust
- Church Pastoral Aid Society Ministers in Training Fund
- Cleaver Ordination Candidates’ Fund
- Elland Society Ordination Fund
- Ordination Candidates Training Fund
- Queen Victoria Clergy Fund
- Revd Dr George Richards’ Charity
- St Aidan’s College Charity
- St George’s Trust