Book Grants for Ordinands

Most of the awards we make are by way of book grants to ordinands in training. The aim is to assist them in assembling a library of theological books which will have lasting value for life-long study and reference, and to help those who show promise of enriching the Church in the sphere of theological scholarship.

Book grants are intended to contribute to the building of a library of lasting value in support of the recipients' ministry of preaching and teaching. Grants are not given for:
  • ephemeral publications, and books from your college reading list likely to be of only short-term use  
  • liturgical books, as distinct from books about liturgy and worship;
  • books which have been purchased before an application has been approved.
A booklist must be submitted, showing for each title the author, publisher, and approximate cost. It is advised that the content of the booklist be discussed with a tutor prior to submission. The trustees will only give grants for books that they consider to be of lasting theological value, and reserve the right to remove unsuitable books from the list or reject an entire list. Where books are required for a particularly specialised or unusual area of study an accompanying letter explaining your choices may be of some help. 

Applicants must be committed to a traditional Catholic understanding of the priesthood and the episcopate. They are asked to submit a brief ecclesiological statement expressing their understanding of the place of the Church of England (or the Anglican church to which they belong) within the Universal Church, and also to show evidence that they belong to the tradition which the Fund exists to support.

Applications from ordinands cannot be considered until they have been in training for at least a term. If a book grant is made it will lapse if not taken up within six months. 

The book grant award limit is currently set at £400 per annum. Applications will only be considered if both references have been received. It is the duty of the applicant to ensure that the references are received by the Clerk. 

Ordinands who are awarded a book grant may apply for a further grant in each subsequent year of pre-ordination training. Further references etc. are not required, but a brief progress report should be submitted each year with a booklist. Applicants in their final year of pre-ordination training are also asked to provide a description of the parish where they are to serve, if known.

After ordination beneficiaries may be considered for a further book grant of £300 during their first year of ordained ministry.  Further references are not required, but applicants are asked to provide the trustees with a brief description of the parish in which they serve, and an honest appraisal of their diocese's IME provision.

Successful applicants will be reimbursed with the cost of books purchased on submission of receipts. Alternatively they may ask the Clerk to order the titles on their list directly from the Church House Bookshop

Beneficiaries are asked to send an Ember Card to the Clerk so that the Trustees may pray for them when they are about to be ordained.

Any applications should be submitted to the Clerk by email. Deadlines and Meetings for 2021 are:

Application Deadline                            Trustees' Meeting                       

16th April                                                 4th May

18th June                                                  7th July 

15th October                                            3rd November

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