All clergy should be engaged in in-service training, whether through diocesan events or other means. The cost of diocesan events is met from the diocesan budget, and we also offer support for other courses of study. Grants will be given provided these courses of study can be shown to be part of a strategy for professional development for the clergy concerned.
- Applications should be made on the form below (returning it by email is fine) with as much detail as possible. They will be approved in line with national guidelines (currently 1% of stipend) provided funds are available in the budget. Please ask for advice, especially before committing to large sums of money!
- Grants for retreats will normally be paid at 50% of the total cost, up to a maximum of £100 a year
- Grants for study for further degrees or sabbaticals need the explicit consent of the Diocesan Bishop. These should be discussed with the Director of Ministry who will advise on practical arrangements and other sources of funding, and seek the Bishop's consent.
- These arrangements will apply to all licensed clergy, except those involved in IME Phase 2, who are supported separately, and those in posts with separate arrangements for in-service training (eg hospital and prison chaplains). All clergy are very welcome to attend diocesan events.
Applications for grants should be made on the appropriate form - which also contains hints and tips to help you complete your application - and can be downloaded here and sent to the Director of Ministry, who is happy to have informal discussions about the application at any stage.
After the training event, a brief report should be sent to the Director of Ministry, so that we can monitor the effectiveness of our spending. We also need to keep a record of the training each member of the clergy attends, and this will form part of the record.
Sue Penfold, Director of Ministry