Advice and assistance in helping clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers to access other forms of training, development, study and support which may be appropriate for them is always available from the CMD team. These might include degrees, national courses or conferences, networks, work consultancy, coaching or counselling. The CMD team are also happy to discuss access to vocational advice, spiritual direction and any needs arising from Ministry Development Review.
Depending on your income, you may be eligible for a grant from the Clergy Support Trust.
The Bayne Benefaction, administered through Christ Church, exists to help clergy within the Diocese of Oxford with grants of up to 50% of the costs of study and some training. Applications are considered at a Trustee meeting twice per year in March and September.
Guidelines : Application Form
The Women’s Continuing Ministerial Education Trust (WCMET) exists to further the continuing ministerial education of women in the Church of England and Scottish Episcopal Church. It focuses attention on courses or projects that clearly relate to professional development:
Culham St Gabriel’s makes grants for excellence in Religious Education:
St George’s Trust gives grants of up to £350 for clergy sabbaticals:
St Boniface Trust makes small grants to enable clergy study:
The Ewelme Almshouse Charity provides almshouse accommodation for elderly persons who are in financial need in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. They also provide grants for educational purposes to young people who are in need of financial assistance:
For sabbaticals, in particular, it is worth investigating the American Memorial Chapel Travel Grant (for visits to the USA) and the Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Awards. Further details are found in Appendix C of the Sabbatical Policy