Supporting vulnerable communities at home and in South Africa
Ministry Bursary Award recipient Reverend Rachel Dale, used her award to study the theology of dementia as well as supporting charities and vulnerable communities in South Africa.
Each year Ecclesiastical’s Ministry Bursary Awards provide financial support to members of the clergy taking a sabbatical.
Ecclesiastical’s MBA grants are awarded to individual clergy in the Anglican Church in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Europe. The grants are open to Ministers, Archdeacons, Bishops, Deans and Assistants1.
The MBAs can help you breathe life into your ministerial development in ways that enrich both you and the wider church. The experience of a sabbatical can be life-changing for individual clergy and have a long-lasting impact on your congregation and community. Read case studies from previous recipients below.
Since being established in 1987, the Ecclesiastical Ministry Bursary Awards have provided over £1.35 million to help over 1,400 members of the clergy to finance a wide range of extended leave projects and plans.
The application window runs between April and September. During that time all relevant forms and information are available on this page. Applications for 2024 sabbaticals are now open and judging will take place in November 2023 with the awards made in December 2023.
Entries for an award must fulfil the following criteria:
Judging of the 2024 entries will take place during November 2023 and awards will be made in December 2023.
The amount given for individual awards will be judged on the following criteria:
1 Assistants are classified as Assistant Curates, Deacons and Licensed Lay Workers including Church Army Evangelists engaged in the parochial ministry. Source: GS Misc 1243 published by the Archbishops’ Council 2019.
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