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. See [Chaplaincy Everywhere]
The funding 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.
Demographic realities in Britain mean that the burden of chaplaincy support falls unevenly upon the districts. The 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.
We highly recommend that any applicant for a chaplaincy grant make contact with the Connexional Chaplaincy Officer, Matthew Reed, before submitting an application.
Additional eligibility criteria for Chaplaincy grants (remember that all applications must also fulfil the General eligibility criteria)
- Applications may be submitted by circuits or districts, but must be signed on behalf of the district by its Grants Officer.
- Applicants must agree to (each of these points is addressed within the application form):
- contribute at least one-third of the costs of the chaplaincy being applied for
- ensure adequate management arrangements are in place
- monitor each chaplain's performance and review annually
- approach relevant institutions about the possibility of their contributing to the proposed post