Supporting clergy in the Anglican Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle

Nathaniel, Lord Crewe was Bishop of the old diocese of Durham before the creation of the diocese of Newcastle. We continue to provide support to clergy in the two dioceses in times of need.

Direct grants for our Clergy and their families

As a Christian charity, we are mindful of the financial challenges facing clergy families and seek to assist at times of need.

Educational support grants

Education Grants are available for children in school and completing a 1st degree, subject to various conditions, including a maximum household income.

These grants are available to a) licensed clergy and those having permission to officiate by the Bishop of Durham or the Bishop of Newcastle. b) retired clergy, licensed and serving in either of these dioceses at the time of their retirement. c) widows and widowers, still residing in the area, of clergy who were licensed or given permission to officiate as above and previously served in the area.

Applications can be made at any time of year, but to qualify for each termly instalment forms must be submitted before 31 August, 31 December or 30 April in each academic year.

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Family grant

We recognise the additional financial burden that occurs upon the birth or adoption of a child.

A grant is available to clergy in the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle upon such an occasion.

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Resettlement grant

The Charity provides a grant to clergy in the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle who need to move from diocesan housing to their own houses upon retirement.

The Charity is informed by each diocese of clergy movements, including retirements, and when notice is given by the diocese the grant is made.

In the last 10 years, the Charity has given grants in excess of £4.5 million in support of clergy, representing more than 50% of total grant giving.

Funding projects across the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle

We work closely with the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle to understand how financial resources can have the most impact in supporting clergy and their work, taking account of changing needs and what makes the Charity’s work relevant in modern society.



Clergy counselling

Clergy counselling

We are delighted to support diocesan clergy counselling, which is a leading example of such a service enabling clergy and clergy families to access high quality professional support when it is most needed.

Annual increases in referrals in recent years is testament to how highly it is valued and the benefit the service provides to users and to the diocese.

Each person brings a unique set of skills and gifts and we are excited to see how God is going to use them. It is wonderful to see so many people in our churches stepping out into new ventures and embracing the calling which God has put on their lives.
Jane Holt
Clergy counselling service

Projects across the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle

Supporting the work of clergy and the community

The diocesan projects we support are wide ranging, although all are designed to support clergy within those dioceses and further diocesan mission. Long running projects include spiritual and vocational wellbeing, clergy counselling and challenging poverty. Further to those, in our tercentennial year we also supported projects that advanced education and assisted with mental health.

As a Christian charity we have been helping clergy and their families for over 300 years

Lord Crewe specified that our grant giving should include the support of necessitous clergy. Over the centuries the needs of clergy continue to change and we seek to adapt our grant funding to provide support where it will have the greatest impact.

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