If you would like, you can apply for funding through any number of organisations giving charity grants for Christian Education. Below is a list of some of these trusts with a brief overview of who they help and (if available) how to apply.

While St Augustine’s cannot submit applications on your behalf, we are happy to offer what assistance we can during your application process. Get in touch for more guidance.

All Saints Educational Trust

Telephone: 020 7248 8380

Email: aset@aset.org.uk

Website: www.aset.org.uk

Makes personal grant awards to teachers, intending teachers and students in Religious Studies, Home Economics and related areas.

Funding Priorities

  • First degree or diploma students of Religious Education
  • Students on a programme of study carrying or leading to UK ‘Qualified Teacher Status’, such as PGC(D)E
  • Applicants with a church connection
  • Applicants who can supply a reference from a priest or minister of religion
  • Serving teachers who want to gain further qualifications relevant to advancement within the education profession
  • Students pursuing second or higher degrees who are planning a career in training teachers


Find out how to apply.


Culham St Gabriel’s

Telephone: 01865 612035

Email: enquiries@cstg.org.uk

Website: www.cstg.org.uk/grants

Culham St Gabriel’s is an endowed charitable trust dedicated to educational work in support of religious education (RE).

Funding Priorities

  • Religious Education as a school curriculum subject
  • Spiritual and moral development as a whole-school responsibility


The Foundation of St Matthias

Telephone: 01179 060100

Email: stmatthiastrust@bristoldiocese.org

Website: www.stmatthiastrust.org.uk

The Foundation’s primary objective is the advancement of education in the Dioceses of Bath & Wells, Bristol and Gloucester, with a preference for higher and further education; such education contributing to the advancement of the Church of England.

Funding Priorities

  • The education and training of persons who are, or intend to become, engaged in social welfare work as social workers, community workers, youth workers, teachers, supervisors or pre-school groups or otherwise
  • The education and training of persons intending to become ministers of the Church of England or of a Church in communion
  • The study of music or other arts subject to the main object of the charity


Applications should reach the Foundation of St Matthias by 31st May (for consideration in July) or 30th September (for consideration in November).


Hockerill Educational Foundation

Email: info@hockerillfoundation.org.uk

Website: www.hockerillfoundation.org.uk

Personal awards are made to teachers, intending teachers and others in further or higher education, with a priority to the teaching of RE.

Funding Priorities

  • No awards for those training for ordination or mission, or clergy who wish to improve their own qualifications, unless they are also involved in teaching in schools.
  • Awards are not given for follow-up Masters degrees.


John James Charitable Trust

Website: www.johnjamestrust.org

The John James Trust exists to promote education in the Christian faith among children and young people.

Funding Priorities

  • Supporting people in training for Christian ministry
  • To relieve poverty and distress created by sudden or unexpected circumstances
  • Any other charitable purpose consistent with their values.


Students and ministry trainees have two opportunities to apply each year with application deadlines of 31 January and 31 May. Other applications can be submitted throughout the year. Find out more about the application process. 


Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust

Telephone: 01923 231811

Email: lwptoffice@lwpt.org.uk

Website: www.lwpt.org.uk

Funding Priorities

  • Vocational grants are available to those who need financial assistance to enable them to pursue their vocation in ministry, including to those in the early stages of exploring their calling to preach.
  • Grants can be used towards course fees and materials for any recognised course that enables the applicant to explore or develop their preaching skills.
  • This may include ‘gap year’ style courses as well as continuing professional development courses.
  • Maximum grant awarded towards studies is £1000; for books and resources, it’s £300.


Find out more about the application process. 


St Christopher’s Educational Trust

Email: stchristopherstrust@hotmail.co.uk

Website: St Christopher’s Educational Trust

Individuals may apply for grants to support academic and/or practical studies leading to better practice in Christian education and formation among young people.


The Trustees meet to consider grants in May and November and applications should be submitted by 1 April or 1 October respectively. Find out more about the application process. 


St Hild & St Bede Trust

Telephone: 0197 334 8300

Email: info@sthildandstbedetrust.co.uk

Website: www.sthildandstbedetrust.co.uk

A diocesan Trust, independent of the College that historically provides funding for the College Chaplain, including: annual Theology Scholarships, Organ Scholarships and a Director and Assistant Director of Music.


Applications are due by 1 June each year. Find out more about the application process. 


The Women’s Continuing Ministerial Education Trust

Telephone: 020 7898 1408

Email: wcmet@churchofengland.org

Website: www.ministrydevelopment.org.uk/wcmet

The object of the WCMET is to further the Continuing Ministerial Education of women in the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church. This is achieved by means of grants to ordained women, female Accredited Lay Workers (including Church Army sisters) and religious sisters (lay or ordained) who, in the opinion of the Trustees, are in need of financial assistance.

The Trustees’ policy is to assist their work and professional ministry in areas that go beyond normal diocesan financial responsibilities, or where normal diocesan resources are insufficient, for example in-service training, academic study, sabbaticals and travel.


Applications will normally be considered quarterly, in February, April, July and September. Applications will be considered at the first available meeting. Find out more about the application process. 


Other Trusts

Here are a number of additional trusts with whom you can consult in order to source further financial assistance. Some may instead give grants through diocesan bishops for other needs.

  • Church of England Clergy Stipend Trust
  • Church Pastoral Aid Society Ministers in Training Fund
  • Elland Society Ordination Fund
  • Ordination Candidates Training Fund
  • Queen Victoria Clergy Fund
  • Revd Dr George Richards’ Charity
  • St Aidan’s College Charity
  • St George’s Trust

For more information, there is a full list of grant-making bodies (under Organisations) in the latest Church of England Year Book; available to purchase online.