Sources of grant funding

Within the Diocese of Exeter there are a number of trusts available predominantly for the support and relief of clergy and their dependents. The trusts and a brief description of the terms under which they are able to support grant applications are listed below:

The Bishop of Exeter’s Clergy Fund

For the advancement of religion through the support of licensed clergy and others employed and/or actively engaged in the ministry of the Church of England in Devon. Application forms can be obtained from your Suffragan Bishop, Archdeacon, Rural Dean or directly from the Bishop of Exeter’s office. The form can also be downloaded here: Clergy Fund Application Form

There are a number of Minor Trusts administered by Exeter Cathedral listed below. Applications are invited from clergy once a year. For an application form please contact the Cathedral offices.

  • Philpott Boyd Education Trust: An educational trust to support clergy, especially those taking higher degrees.
  • Boyd for Exhibitions: Assistance for the sons of clergy under the age of 25 for any educational purpose.
  • Philpott Boyd Church Endowment Trust: For the relief of clergy and their dependents.
  • Reynolds Whale: For students in need who are studying for holy orders under sponsorship of the Diocese of Exeter or dependents of said students. Preference is given to students educated in, or resident in the Diocese of Exeter.
  • Mary Marriot Trust: To assist with the school fees of sons of clergy and Exeter Cathedral School.
  • Boyd for Apprenticing: For financial assistance to boy choristers and ex choristers under the age of 25.

Grigg Smith Fund

The fund provided grants of up to £50 for theological books for clergy in the Diocese of Exeter. The money is paid retrospectively on production of receipts. Please email Justine Tear, Bishop Robert’s EA or write to The Bishop’s Office, The Gatehouse, Palace Gate, Exeter EX1 1HX.

The Clergy Widows Fund

A diocesan trust which provides grants of up to £500 to support surviving spouses of clergy. Please contact the Diocese for more information.

St Luke’s Foundation

Offers grants for those undertaking study at postgraduate level.

Sarum St Michael  Educational Charity

As well as applying for grants for postgraduate courses, clergy may apply for grants for sabbaticals, attending conferences, etc.    Those training to become Self-Supporting Ministers may apply for grants for books or travel. See


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