CMD Grants information



All licensed clergy can apply for a personal CMD grant. Grants are made available to support ministerial development review (MDR) outcomes.

Requests in the region of £100 – £200 will be considered by Director of Formation & Ministry. Grants are given for approved courses, conferences and other formation, training and development. However, CMD grants are not available for deanery residential retreats, personal retreats or for the purchase of books, equipment, etc.

Stipendiary and Self-Supporting Ministers in IME 4-7 Phase 2 do not share in the entitlement of a Personal CMD Grant. Other clergy may submit applications for consideration, but payment is discretionary and cannot be guaranteed. You may apply for further assistance from your Archdeacon who may consult with the Director of Formation & Ministry.

Further, enhanced grants are available for longer courses of study, training and personal and ministerial development, including further degrees. This is as a result of an MDR target. Normally this will be up to £500, in consultation with the Director of Formation & Ministry

The Personal CMD Grant application form can be downloaded by clicking here  and sent by email to

If you are a lay minister wanting to apply for a CMD grant please click here for a grant application form.

The grant represents the actual fee and does not include travel. Travel expenses should normally be claimed as part of parish working expenses. You are encouraged to discuss what you will do with those who support your ministry, including churchwardens/PCCs etc as appropriate.

Personal Grants can be issued in two ways: -

[i]       via your bank account
[ii]      by direct deduction from your personal CMD allowance for fees associated with events organised by the Diocese of Rochester.

Retrospective payments are not possible: an application should be received, and payment agreed, before the event you are attending.


You are asked to send in a brief evaluative report as soon as possible after the event you have attended. As well as a brief description of the event itself], some comments on the learning and value you have derived should be included. If the CMD grant was awarded as an outcome of your MDR this must be reported in your next MDR. CMD grant Reports are requested for two reasons: -

  • Firstly, the writing of a report can helps to focus your own reflections and consolidate the learning.
  • Secondly, these reports help those responsible for CMD to know what events, venues etc. clergy are finding valuable and useful.

An evaluation sheet is provided by the Formation & Ministry Team for you to use if you prefer. This can be downloaded from the diocesan website and sent by email to

Course Report Form 2019-2021

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