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Grant Applications

Grant aid is available to help Licensed Lay Ministers cover the costs of their continuing ministerial development.

  • An allowance of £450 for the three year period 1.1.22 – 31.12.25 is available, with pro-rata adjustments for those being licensed and those due to retire during that period.
  • The grant may be used for the purchase of books, attendance at conferences and on courses and for other activities / events that contribute to the ministry of the Licensed Lay Minister, though a maximum of £50 a year will be allowed on books.
  • The application must make clear how the ministry of the Licensed Lay Minister will be developed and must be endorsed by their Incumbent / Priest-in-Charge.
  • Application must be made before the event takes place or the book has been purchased.
  • Grants will not normally be made for repeat or similar events in recognition that the grants are intended to develop the ministry of Licensed Lay Ministers in the widest sense.
  • Applications must specify the date and nature of the event or the title of the book for which funding is sought.
  • It is not intended that the allowance will cover the cost of travel. Applicants are asked to approach their parish/benefice to cover this cost wherever possible.
  • If other grants have been sought for the same event, such applications must be declared on the grant application form.
  • Feedback concerning the usefulness / appropriateness / value of the event / book / activity must be sent to the Warden of Readers to enable the dissemination of information more widely to other Licensed Lay Ministers who might also benefit.
  • Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Warden.