Connexional funding for Chaplaincy
The Methodist Church supports chaplaincy across a range of disciplines, including the armed forces, education, healthcare, prisons, rural/agricultural and workplace. Most chaplaincies are supported financially by the receiving institution and have no need for connexional funds.
However, the Methodist Church believes that it is also called to support a chaplaincy ministry with a distinctive voice and witness within a range of institutions that do not normally provide financial support. Standing Order (SO 213B (3)) now provides for this connexional support. The funding support strategy of the Connexional Grants Committee (CGC) is to collaborate with districts and circuits as well as with secular and ecumenical partners to enable Methodist/free-church chaplaincies to be supported, particularly in key further education, higher education and workplace contexts.
We highly recommend that any applicant for a Chaplaincy grant make contact with the Chaplaincy Officer, Matthew Reed, before submitting an application.
District Chaplaincy Policy
Demographic realities in Britain mean that the burden of chaplaincy support falls unevenly upon the districts. CGC accepts that different districts might take a different approach to the provision of Chaplaincy support. Applications from districts following different strategies are welcomed provided their strategy is made clear to the CGC.
Conditions and Criteria
In order to be eligible for a Connexional chaplaincy grant, it is necessary to satisfy certain criteria:
- Applications may be submitted by circuits or districts, but must be signed on behalf of the district by its Grants Officer.
- Any application for the continuation of existing work must include a formal evaluation of the previous allocation of resources (financial and human) and the reasons for any changes.
- Applicant districts must agree to:
- contribute at least one-third of the costs of the chaplaincy being applied for
- ensure adequate management arrangements are in place (Q3)
- monitor each chaplain's performance and review annually (Q5)
- approach the relevant institutions about the possibility of their contributing to the proposed post
- abide by relevant Connexional policies including Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding.
Each of these points is addressed within the application form.
Additional criteria for non-Methodist applicants:
1. With whom in the Methodist Church have you discussed your project/grant application?
2. What kind of partnership have you established with your Methodist contacts?
3. Do you have an agreed document which demonstrates your partnership with the Methodist Church and how your project aligns to Our Calling and Priorities?
4. Do you have a letter of support and/or have you received any funding from your Methodist partners?
5. Are there any Methodists involved in the governance of your project/organisation and what roles/responsibilities do they hold?
6. If your project involves promoting your activities to Methodism how will you publicise what you are offering in order to ensure take-up?
7. How will you share the learning from your project with the Methodist Connexion?
Please submit your answers to these questions with your application form.
Get in touch
Remember that everyone in the Church wants your project to succeed. If you have any questions at all please contact the Connexional Grants Team. If they can't answer your question they may be able to put you in touch with someone who can.