The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Continuing Education for Lay Professionals



A Lay Professional is defined as a vestry member or the chair of a committee or commission of a parish. Other Lay Leaders may be considered for continuing education grants if the rector deems the continuing education program to be relevant to the lay person’s ministry in the parish, and the rector and vestry together have agreed that  the parish will cover one third of the total fees.

  • 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).
  • Continuing education grants may be made to laity for the purpose of enhancing one’s ministry in the parish.
  • Such grants will be considered after the rector has approved the request, and the rector and vestry together have agreed that the parish will cover one third of the total fees.
  • It is expected that the expenses will be shared equally, with the lay person, the parish, and the diocese each contributing one third of the total cost.
  • Grants may be awarded for up to 34% of the total amount needed, 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.

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