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Grants & funding for clergy

Grants in support of training; sabbaticals; to help retired clergy or widowed spouses; and more.

CMD Training Allowance

  • The Diocese gives licensed clergy and licensed lay workers an allowance of £450 over 3 years, which is held in the CMD budget.  This can be used for retreats or other areas of professional development.  At conferences where CMD 4+ has been billed directly e.g. Praxis, the cost of those participating will be deducted from their annual allowance.
  • CMD-Allowance-Guidelines-Jan-2023
  • CMD-Allowance-Application-Form


Ministry Bursary Awards from Ecclesiastical

  • Clergy can apply for a grant in support of a specific sabbatical related activity (not a church related project). A letter of support is needed from the Bishop.


The Mrs R J Colman Trust

  • Offers grants or interest-free grants typically ranging from £100 to £12,250 to help retired clergy who have served in the Diocese of Norwich or have had Permission to Officiate, the widowed spouses of the above retired clergy, divorced or legally separated spouses of Norwich diocesan clergy.   The grants can be given towards repairs to property, replacement of domestic appliances, respite breaks, hospital visiting, mobility or disability assistance.  Grants are available for Retreat fees (up to 50%) but excluding travel costs.  The trust helps those “in conditions of need, hardship or distress”. This trust was formed some years ago following a bequest and with the object of assisting retired clergy who had at some time served in the Diocese or who have had permission to officiate here and who might require some financial assistance. Subsequently the rules were extended to include widowed, divorced or legally separated spouses of diocesan clergy. We are currently in discussion with the Charity Commission to extend the rules to cover partners who have entered into a Civil Partnership. Once we have received formal confirmation the details on this website as well as our explanatory leaflet will be updated.

    In the meantime we welcome applications from those who are currently eligible in respect of a grant or an interest free loan. All applications are considered in confidence and we endeavor to help wherever we can. The trustees usually meet four times a year in January, April, July and October but we can always deal with urgent applications.

    If you wish to apply or discuss any matter in the first instance please contact our secretary, Mrs Pauline Gray.

    Tel: 01603 812610   Email:

American Memorial Chapel Travel Grant

  • This grant scheme gives a member of the clergy, from any denomination, the exciting opportunity to undertake a tour of the USA for approximately four weeks with the aim of fostering understanding and the exchange of ideas. The panel is particularly looking for proposals that will have an impact for those involved and their communities and that will forge on-going and productive relationships between both individuals and organisations. For more information visit