Who We Are


The object of the Society is solely to make awards of non-recurring grants in accordance with the Rules as revised and adopted at the AGM 2005. The main business during the course of the year is the consideration of applications for grants. The Trustees endeavour at all times to ensure that the Society’s available funds are used to provide realistic and effective help.


Over the years the range of its potential support has widened and under current rules the Committee which conducts the Society's affairs may consider applications for assistance from:

  • Evangelical clergy of the Church of England, the Church in Wales, the Church of Ireland and the Scottish Episcopal Church.
  • Evangelical Accredited Lay workers (those who have been nationally selected, trained and licensed for Anglican ministry, and Church Army Officers who have been commissioned and hold the Bishop's licence)
  • Widows and widowers of the above

Grants are made to help meet the following categories of need and the Committee has the discretionary power to consider other circumstances, but only where these are giving rise to exceptional hardship. The Society's resources are limited and grants may, therefore, have to be refused even where the required conditions have been fulfilled:

  • bereavement
  • illness
  • removals
  • family support to enable young people to participate in a 'ministry experience' during a gap year before university.
  • family support to enable children/young people of evangelical ministers to attend Christian camps, for their spiritual benefit and to develop leadership potential.
  • other special needs (at the Committee's discretion).

Grants are not normally given for school fees, but may be given for special tuition fees and for other costs associated with the expense of education or towards travel expenses.

The Trustees meet in March, May and October to consider applications. Applicants are required to complete a form provided by the Secretary and this should be returned to her by the second week of the preceding month, at the address below.

The Committee also handles grants from the Mabledon Charity for ordained and lay persons in Christian ministry who have special needs as a result of times of illness or stress, or who are facing unusual and unforeseen difficulties.

Although the information received is confidential to the Committee, it reserves the right to secure further information from responsible authorities, such as Bishops or Archdeacons or others in positions of employment seniority in relation to the candidate. The information provided on this form is solely for administering a grant application. No data will be shared with any third party.

Our trustees

The Society for the Relief af Poor Clergy (SRPC), Founded in 1788 as The Society for the Relief of Poor Pious Clergyman. Registered Charity number 232634, Registered address; c./o CPAS, Unit 3, Sovereign Court 1, Sir William Lyons Road, University of Warwick Science Park, Coventry, CV4 7EZ