Continuing Education and Grants for Spouses or Partners of Clergy
The guidelines approved by the Commission on Ministry for diocesan grants for continuing education for spouses and partners of clergy are as follows:
- Diocesan grants for continuing education are intended to be need-based since funds are limited. Preference is given to those who have not previously received assistance.
- Continuing education grants are applied to a program, course, or other educational event that has a tuition or registration fee, rather than for research or retreats (unless this limitation is waived by the Commission on Ministry).
- Grants may be made to the spouse or part ner of a clergy person for the purpose of participating with the clergy in that person’s continuing education program. Spouses and partners of clergy should submit their grant request along with the grant request of the clergy person.
- It is expected that the expenses will be shared equally, with the spouse or partner, the parish, and the diocese each contributing one third of the total cost. Grants may be awarded for up to $1500 annually. The total amount received by any grant recipient is a maximum of $3000 in any three year period.
- Retroactive grants will not be made. Applications must be received in the diocesan office at least 30 days before the program begins.
Within 30 days after the program ends, the grant recipient is expected to complete an evaluation (provided with the application) that will be returned to the
Chairperson of the Commission on Ministry. Additional grants will be made to an applicant only after this evaluation is received.