Financial support

In her Ad Clerum on 16 July 2022, Bishop Ruth shared the following message with clergy:

"We are experiencing a significant cost of living increase and so I want to particularly address those concerns. Stipendiary colleagues will be aware that in common with most dioceses, we raised the stipends this year by 2%. We recognise this does little to meet the increasing financial burden of rising food and fuel bills. We were able to make this small gesture, as a result of the diminishing percentage of pension costs that we as a diocese have to bear. However, we are aware that many of you will be struggling to meet expenses in your own family budgets this year.

"As a result of such concerns across the national Church, the Archbishops’ Council has established a hardship fund. Each diocese has been allocated an amount based on its stipendiary clergy numbers. Our diocese has received £64,000. In addition, there is also a government scheme for Council Tax rebates in bands A-D which the DBF can claim on some of our parsonage houses. We anticipate that this latter will be around £2,000. The combined amount of £66,000 will be available for any of you, stipendiary or self-supporting, to claim as you have need. We appreciate that this may be only a small way of alleviating some financial concerns and want to reassure you that we want to help you in any further ways necessary.

"We know that financial pressures can put additional strain upon families and relationships so I also wanted to make you aware of the services that are there to support you in such circumstances. Please make use of the support of our wellbeing adviser, Sally Waters or if you would value a conversation about spiritual direction contact one of our spiritual directors."

Grants available for clergy in the Diocese of Bath and Wells

Diocese of Bath and Wells Hardship Fund

Download this simple application form to apply for funding

Archdeaconry Funds

There may be additional funds available in each archdeaconry. Please contact your archdeacon for further information.

Clergy Support Trust

The Clergy Support Trust offers support to Anglican ordinands, clergy (serving and retired) and their families in times of need. Visit the Clergy Support Trust website to find out more.

Wynne Willson Scholarship Fund

The Wynne Willson Scholarship fund offers grants for school fees and educational need, such as additional music tuition, school uniforms and college travel.

Applications are considered by the trustees twice a year, with those received by 31 January being considered in February and those received by 30 June being considered in July. 
Grants awarded will reflect the merits of individual applications as well as the number and quality of other applications received by the same deadline. Applicants are asked to note that the award of a grant does not guarantee that a similar award will be made in subsequent years. No single grant will exceed the sum of £1,000.

For further information about this fund please contact Sue Anderson, PA to the Archdeacon of Wells. Email or call 01749 685147.

Pyncombe Charity

The Pyncombe Charity offers grants for Church of England serving clergy (holding the Bishop’s licence), or their family members who live with them, who are in need. Retired clergy and grants towards educational expenses are not eligible.

Forms are sent to each diocese in January. Trustees prefer to deal with all applications in May although exceptional emergencies may be considered at other times. Individuals must apply directly but their form must also be signed by their diocesan bishop.

For further information on eligability and how to apply for a grant, please contact the charity secretary above by post or email. Email: or write to her at: Haverbrack, Ash Priors, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3NF.


Diocese of Bath and Wells Hardship Fund application form

Related pages

Counselling and wellbeing

Spiritual Direction