Sons & Friends of the Clergy Welcome

Introduction

The Sons and Friends of the Clergy is a charity that exists for the “relief and prevention of poverty or hardship” of the clergy of the Anglican Communion and their dependents. Our principle activity is to make financial grants to eligible beneficiaries.

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The charity is able to support the following beneficiary groups:

The charity is able to support the following beneficiary groups:

  • Currently serving and retired Anglican clergy and their dependents
  • Divorced and separated spouses and civil partners of eligible clergy
  • Widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of eligible clergy

The relevant clergy must be working in or have worked in:

  • The United Kingdom
  • The Republic of Ireland
  • The Diocese in Europe
  • The Diocese of Sodor and Man
  • The Channel Islands

and:

  • Anglican clergy who currently work abroad, provided they are supported by a UK-based missionary society
  • Ordinands training for ministry in the Anglican Church in the areas mentioned above can apply for a grant towards the cost of books.

What grants are available?

Sons & Friends largely provide one-off financial gifts to eligible households. There are also some specific areas where grants are available:

1. Financial gifts

Anglican clergy receive a stipend that the church believes is sufficient under normal circumstances to meet the expenses of everyday life. In some circumstances this stipend and other income coming into the home (partner’s salary, state benefits, income from property and investments etc) is not sufficient to support the household. Where the trustees judge that the household income is not sufficient to support the particular situation of the household, single grants may be available.

The household income of retired clergy, widows/widowers, divorced and separated spouses will be assessed in a similar way.

2. Specific grants

Grants may be available to help eligible households with debt, medical expenses and school fees.

3. Ordinand book grants

Ordinands training in UK colleges or regional courses may be eligible for a grant in each year of their training towards the cost of books.

How to apply

Phone

Please call 020 7799 3696 and ask to speak to one of the Grants Officers. In a confidential conversation they will be able to confirm whether you are eligible to apply for a grant and answer any questions you may have. An application form will then be posted out to you.

E-mail

Please send an email to enquiries@clergycharities.org.uk giving your postal address and details of how you meet the eligibility criteria set out above (e.g. the parish in which you serve, date of ordination, or the name and details of the clergy partner from whom you are separated or divorced). An application form will then be posted out to you.

Letter

Please write to: Grants Department, Sons & Friends of the Clergy, 1 Dean Trench Street, London, SW1P 3HB, requesting an application form, giving your postal address and details of how you meet the eligibility criteria set out above (e.g. the parish in which you serve, date of ordination or the name of the clergy partner from whom you are separated or divorced). An application form will then be posted out to you.